New Zealand crippled India – 2nd ODI

New Zealand 7-271 (Kane Williamson77, Ross Taylor 57, Mohammed Shami 3-55) beat India 9-277 (Virat Kohli 78, MS Dhoni 56, Tim Southee 4-72, Corey Anderson 3-67) by 15 runs (Duckworth/Lewis) method.

The Kiwis continued their domination over the Blue Shirts in the ongoing ODI series by a compact team work and defeated the visitors in the consecutive game.

The Black Caps scored 271 for the loss of seven wickets in a rain restricted 42 overs match. The Men in Blue were handed over a revised task of 293 from 41.3 overs and they managed 9-277.

Kane Williamson (New Zealand) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his useful knock of 77 runs at the top order.

The second One Day International of the five game series was played on Wednesday, January 22, 2014, at Seddon Park, Hamilton.

Earlier, MS Dhoni won the toss for the tourists, invited the home side to bat first and got the first wicket at 25. Kane Williamson along with Martin Guptill stabilised the innings of the hosts with determination and enhanced the score to 114 in 20.5 overs. The latter was gone for 44 and the newcomer Ross Taylor assisted his partner reasonably well at his end. Williamson achieved his seventh ODI fifty and took the score to 170 after 33.2 overs when rain interrupted the play.

Kane Williamson - Player of the match
Kane Williamson – Player of the match

The game was re-arranged for 42 overs and Willamson lost his wicket for 77. Corey Anderson joined in with Taylor who rushed to his 25th half century on the 49th ball and the first scored 44 quick fired runs on 17 mere balls with 5 giant sixes and 2 fours. Taylor surrendered his wicket for 57 and the Kiwis smashed 7-271 in 42 overs.

Mohammed Shami was the highest wicket taker with three whereas Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina shared one wicket each.

A target of 293 from 41.3 overs was reset for the Blue Shirts who lost their openers for 37 runs. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane carried on their task with the assistance of regular boundaries. The first attained his fluent 29th ODI fifty on 41st delivery whereas Rahane was dismissed at 127 for 36 and was replaced by Dhoni.

The duo took the score to 164 in 29.4 overs when Kohli went back to the pavilion for 78. Dhoni was dropped at 39 and he kept the chase alive with a couple of valid associations at the other end. The skipper powered his 52nd ODI half century with a grand six and became the sixth victim at 257 in 39.1 overs at his personal feat of 56. The Men in Blue reached 277 for the loss of nine wickets after the third ball of the 42nd over was bowled.

Tim Southee was the star of the day with four wickets, Corey Anderson held three whereas Kyle Mills and Mitchell McClenaghan chipped in with one wicket each.

New Zealand grabbed the second encounter by a margin of 15 wickets (D/L) method and leads the series at 2-0.



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