IND vs NZ, 2nd ODI: Rohit, bowlers lead India to win by 8 wickets against New Zealand; seals series 2-0

On a dampish pitch that was offering assistance in plenty, India’s pacers rattled the Black Caps with captain Rohit Sharma scoring 50 as the Men in Blue registered an eight-wicket win.

Mohammed Shami’s 3 for 18 helped India restrict New Zealand to just 108 runs in the 2nd ODI in Raipur.

Mohammed Shami’s 3 for 18 helped India restrict New Zealand to just 108 runs in the 2nd ODI in Raipur. | Photo Credit: SPORTZPICS

On a dampish pitch that was offering assistance in plenty, India’s pacers rattled the Black Caps with captain Rohit Sharma scoring 50 as the Men in Blue registered an eight-wicket win.

Moments after winning the toss, India captain Rohit Sharma forgot whether the think-tank had decided to bat or bowl. But his pace quartet had no such problems when it came to its plans against New Zealand’s batters.

Not only did Mohammed Shami & Co. remember the plans but also executed them to perfection on Saturday afternoon to ensure Chhattisgarh celebrated homecoming of international cricket with an India win.

On a dampish pitch that was offering assistance in plenty, India’s pacers rattled the Black Caps in the Powerplay. From 15 for five, there was no way back for the Kiwis.

Another mini-collapse, with the spinners being wreckers-in-chief, then skittled out New Zealand for a paltry 108 in the 35th over. It took India a little over 20 overs to overhaul the target, losing Rohit, who scored a sterling fifty, and Virat Kohli en route.

The game, though, was set up by the pacers early on, with Shami starring with a double-blow up front. The veteran pacer exhibited his speciality of bowling full and pitching it on the seam in plenty.

Watching the master at work, Mohammed Siraj, the protege, also joined in, with Shardul Thakur and Hardik Pandya following the same template.

Shami though, was literally unplayable. He ended Finn Allen’s misery off the fifth ball of the match, by sneaking through his defence and crashing into the stumps. With the runs coming hard by, Siraj was rewarded with a fuller ball in the sixth over as Henry Nicholls edged to Shubman Gill in the slip cordon.

Four balls later, Daryl Mitchell offered Shami a return catch with one that stopped slightly on to him. In the last over of the Powerplay, Hardik Pandya took a stunning return one-handed catch, bending low in his follow-through, to dismiss Devon Conway.

When skipper Tom Latham pushed hard at one from Shardul Thakur that moved slightly away from him to get Gill in action again, the writing was clear on the wall. Fifteen for five was New Zealand’s lowest ever total in ODIs, with half the side dismissed.

Shami then came back for a second burst from the other end to see dangerous Michael Bracewell with a short-ball before Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner put on 47 for the second wicket. The last four wickets fell for five runs to bring the innings to a close 50 overs before schedule.

Rohit then entertained the sea of blue, with more than 60,000 fans in attendance, with a quickfire fifty. His pull shots were a treat to watch that ensured India crossed the line well in time for the fans to take the long route back home.

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