Raipur. The first ODI played in Chhattisgarh’s capital Raipur was disappointing for the spectators. As expected, the Shaheed Virnarayan Singh International Cricket Stadium once again produced a fiery wicket. Due to which India won the toss and decided to bowl first and the New Zealand team was bundled out for just 108 runs. There was a time when half of the New Zealand team had returned to the pavilion for only 15 runs. Seeing the flurry of sixes in the first match of the series, the spectators of Raipur and entire Chhattisgarh were eager to see a similar match here as well. But the audience got disappointed. The spectators started leaving the ground only one and a half hours after the start of the game. However, the spectators who knew about the laser show after the end of the match remained seated till the very end. He enjoyed the laser show. According to decades, more joy came from watching the laser show than from the match itself.
However, looking at the condition of the match, we can say that India has won the second match of the ODI series against New Zealand by 8 wickets due to the brilliant performance of the bowlers and the half-century innings of captain Rohit Sharma. Along with this, India has also won the 3-match series by 2-0. The last match of the series will be played on 24 January. Team India has won the 7th consecutive ODI series at home. The team has not lost the home ODI series for the last four years. This is also India’s sixth consecutive win in ODIs. Watch the video-
Bowling decision proved decisive
India won the toss and elected to bowl at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium in Raipur. Batting first after losing the toss, the New Zealand team got all out for 108 runs in 34.3 overs. Glenn Phillips scored the highest 36 runs from his side. Mitchell Santner scored 27 and last match’s centurion Michael Bracewell scored 22 runs. 8 batsmen of Kiwi team could not even touch the figure of 10 runs. Shami took maximum 3 wickets for India. Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar took 2-2 wickets. Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav got one wicket each. Watch the video-
Team India won by losing just 2 wickets
In response, India scored the required runs in 20 overs to win by 2 wickets. Captain Rohit Sharma (51 runs) got out after scoring his 48th ODI century. Rohit made an opening partnership of 72 runs off 86 balls with Shubman Gill. In the last 5 innings, both shared a 50+ partnership for the fourth time.