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Middle-order flops as India lose ODI series to New Zealand

By The Assam Tribune

AUCKLAND, Feb 8: New Zealand exorcised the ghost of a nightmarish T20 whitewash with a series-clinching 22-run victory against India in the second ODI on Saturday as the visitors paid the price for poor shot selection.

Revenge as they say is a dish best served cold and on a chilly Auckland night, New Zealand defended a total of 273 by restricting India to 251 in 48.3 overs taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The victory also completed a hat-trick of ODI wins for the Black Caps starting from their World Cup semifinal win in Manchester last year.

The win was more creditable as regular skipper Kane Williamson along with top bowlers Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson were unavailable.

New Zealand�s 6 foot 8 inch debutant Kyle Jamieson (2/42 and 25 off 24 balls) got the �Player of the Match� award for his all-round show.

�I�m impressed with how we finished. We let things slip away from 197-8 to 270 plus in the first half but came back strongly with the second half of our batting. We were in trouble with the bat, but Saini and Jadeja played really well, as did Shreyas,� skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

In fact the skipper felt that ODIs are less relevant in a T20 World Championship year.

�ODIs aren�t too relevant this year compared to Tests and T20s, but to find people who can play that way under pressure is a big revelation for us and a big plus.�

Ravindra Jadeja (55 off 73 balls) along with Navdeep Saini (45 off 49 balls) raised visions of pulling off an improbable win with a 76-run partnership, which ended in vain.

Tim Southee despite running temperature (2/41 in 10 overs) was brilliant with the new ball as his incutter got rid of Virat Kohli but it was poor shot selection from a set Shreyas Iyer (52) and Kedar Jadhav (9) in the middle overs did cost India dearly after the inexperienced pair of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw had a second successive poor day.

Earlier, in-form Ross Taylor produced a rearguard act with an unbeaten half century to rescue New Zealand to a competitive 273 for eight in 50 overs.

SCORECARD

New Zealand: Martin Guptill run out (SN Thakur/Rahul) 79, Henry Nicholls lbw b Chahal 41, Tom Blundell c Navdeep Saini b SN Thakur 22, Ross Taylor not out 73, Tom Latham lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 7, James Neesham run out (Ravindra Jadeja) 3, Colin de Grandhomme c S Iyer b SN Thakur 5, Mark Chapman c & b Chahal 1, Tim Southee c Navdeep Saini b Chahal 3, Kyle Jamieson not out 25. Extras: 14 (B-4, LB-4, W-6) 14. Total: (For 8 wkts, 50 overs) 273. Fall of wickets: 93-1, 142-2, 157-3, 171-4, 175-5, 185-6, 187-7, 197-8. Bowlers: Shardul Thakur 10-1-60-2, Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-64-0, Navdeep Saini 10-0-48-0, Yuzvendra Chahal 10-0-58-3, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-35-1.

India: Prithvi Shaw b Jamieson 24, Mayank Agarwal c Ross Taylor b Bennett 3, Virat Kohli b Southee 15, Shreyas Iyer c Latham b Bennett 52, Lokesh Rahul b de Grandhomme 4, Kedar Jadhav c Henry Nicholls b Southee 9, Ravindra Jadeja c de Grandhomme b Neesham 55, Shardul Thakur b de Grandhomme 18, Navdeep Saini b Jamieson 45, Yuzvendra Chahal run out 10, Jasprit Bumrah not out 0. Extras: (b 0, lb 4, w 12, nb 0, p 0) 16. Total: (10 wkts, 48.3 overs) 251. Fall of wickets: 21-1, 34-2, 57-3, 71-4, 96-5, 129-6, 153-7, 229-8, 251-9, 251-10. Bowlers: Hamish Bennett 9-0-58-2, Tim Southee 10-1-41-2, Kyle Jamieson 10-1-42-2, Colin de Grandhomme 10-1-54-2, James Neesham 9.3-0-52-1.

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Middle-order flops as India lose ODI series to New Zealand

AUCKLAND, Feb 8: New Zealand exorcised the ghost of a nightmarish T20 whitewash with a series-clinching 22-run victory against India in the second ODI on Saturday as the visitors paid the price for poor shot selection.

Revenge as they say is a dish best served cold and on a chilly Auckland night, New Zealand defended a total of 273 by restricting India to 251 in 48.3 overs taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The victory also completed a hat-trick of ODI wins for the Black Caps starting from their World Cup semifinal win in Manchester last year.

The win was more creditable as regular skipper Kane Williamson along with top bowlers Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson were unavailable.

New Zealand�s 6 foot 8 inch debutant Kyle Jamieson (2/42 and 25 off 24 balls) got the �Player of the Match� award for his all-round show.

�I�m impressed with how we finished. We let things slip away from 197-8 to 270 plus in the first half but came back strongly with the second half of our batting. We were in trouble with the bat, but Saini and Jadeja played really well, as did Shreyas,� skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation.

In fact the skipper felt that ODIs are less relevant in a T20 World Championship year.

�ODIs aren�t too relevant this year compared to Tests and T20s, but to find people who can play that way under pressure is a big revelation for us and a big plus.�

Ravindra Jadeja (55 off 73 balls) along with Navdeep Saini (45 off 49 balls) raised visions of pulling off an improbable win with a 76-run partnership, which ended in vain.

Tim Southee despite running temperature (2/41 in 10 overs) was brilliant with the new ball as his incutter got rid of Virat Kohli but it was poor shot selection from a set Shreyas Iyer (52) and Kedar Jadhav (9) in the middle overs did cost India dearly after the inexperienced pair of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw had a second successive poor day.

Earlier, in-form Ross Taylor produced a rearguard act with an unbeaten half century to rescue New Zealand to a competitive 273 for eight in 50 overs.

SCORECARD

New Zealand: Martin Guptill run out (SN Thakur/Rahul) 79, Henry Nicholls lbw b Chahal 41, Tom Blundell c Navdeep Saini b SN Thakur 22, Ross Taylor not out 73, Tom Latham lbw b Ravindra Jadeja 7, James Neesham run out (Ravindra Jadeja) 3, Colin de Grandhomme c S Iyer b SN Thakur 5, Mark Chapman c & b Chahal 1, Tim Southee c Navdeep Saini b Chahal 3, Kyle Jamieson not out 25. Extras: 14 (B-4, LB-4, W-6) 14. Total: (For 8 wkts, 50 overs) 273. Fall of wickets: 93-1, 142-2, 157-3, 171-4, 175-5, 185-6, 187-7, 197-8. Bowlers: Shardul Thakur 10-1-60-2, Jasprit Bumrah 10-0-64-0, Navdeep Saini 10-0-48-0, Yuzvendra Chahal 10-0-58-3, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-35-1.

India: Prithvi Shaw b Jamieson 24, Mayank Agarwal c Ross Taylor b Bennett 3, Virat Kohli b Southee 15, Shreyas Iyer c Latham b Bennett 52, Lokesh Rahul b de Grandhomme 4, Kedar Jadhav c Henry Nicholls b Southee 9, Ravindra Jadeja c de Grandhomme b Neesham 55, Shardul Thakur b de Grandhomme 18, Navdeep Saini b Jamieson 45, Yuzvendra Chahal run out 10, Jasprit Bumrah not out 0. Extras: (b 0, lb 4, w 12, nb 0, p 0) 16. Total: (10 wkts, 48.3 overs) 251. Fall of wickets: 21-1, 34-2, 57-3, 71-4, 96-5, 129-6, 153-7, 229-8, 251-9, 251-10. Bowlers: Hamish Bennett 9-0-58-2, Tim Southee 10-1-41-2, Kyle Jamieson 10-1-42-2, Colin de Grandhomme 10-1-54-2, James Neesham 9.3-0-52-1.

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