Team India registered a dominating win over New Zealand in the 2nd match played at Shaheed Veer Narayan International Stadium, Raipur on 21 January 2023.
It was a superb bowling effort by the Indian bowlers especially the pacers utilizing the conditions brilliantly putting Kiwi batters under pressure. They kept piling picking wickets at regular intervals to bowl out New Zealand for a modest total and chased down the target with ease.
With this win, India won their 7th successive series at home since December 2019. They fired in all departments and kept putting pressure on visitors bowling.
Here we look at the 3 takeaways for Team India in the 2nd ODI against New Zealand
Brilliant bowling by Indian pacers in the first 10 overs
Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to field first. The pitch had some swing and pace that Indian pacers made use of it. Mohammed Shami got off to a perfect start getting rid of Finn Allen in the very first over.
Mohammed Siraj showed great control bowling dot balls to Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway. Siraj eventually got rid of Nicholls with a simple catch to Shubman Gill at slips. Shami struck again once again with a lovely return catch by Shami getting rid of Mitchell to leave New Zealand in deep trouble.
Hardik Pandya was bought into the attack and took a stunning one-handed catch to dismiss Devon Conway. India bowled brilliantly in the first 10 overs as New Zealand only made 15 runs for the loss of 4 wickets. It was a disciplined bowling effort by Indian pacers keeping the pressure on Kiwi batters with a lot of dot deliveries. For his 3 for 18, Mohammed Shami was named player of the match award.
India openers shinning
Chasing a modest total of 109 runs to win, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill looked cautious initially before Indian captain Rohit took the attack to New Zealand bowlers. He showed intent with boundaries with ease. On other hand, Shubman Gill continued from where he left in the first ODI match at Hyderabad.
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill scored 52 runs in the first 10 overs. Rohit looked in great touch completing his fifty off 47 balls. He was eventually dismissed by Shipley as Rohit and Gill added 72 runs for the opening wicket. Rohit made 51 off 50 balls with 7 fours and 2 sixes.
Shubman Gill showed his class and hit the winning runs with a boundary. He remained not out on 40 off 53 balls with 6 boundaries. India won the match by 8 wickets in just 20.1 overs.
The Indian fielding looked sharp in the 2nd One-day international. Shubman Gill took 2 lovely catches at slips to dismiss Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham keeping New Zealand bowlers under pressure.
Hardik Pandya’s one-handed catch to dismiss Devon Conway was a superb effort. Surya Kumar Yadav also looked impressive with good catches getting rid of Glenn Phillips and Lockie Ferguson.
Indian fielding and catching looked impressive in the 2nd One-day international as they did not drop any catches.