About the Match
India took a 1-0 lead against New Zealand by winning the first ODI by 6 wickets with 101 balls remaining; the two teams will face-off for the 2nd ODI at Delhi on 20th October and we will surely see the temperatures rise here. The Kiwis were yet again out of sorts after getting thrashed in the test series and they will try to bounce back on Thursday when there’s still time to recover. On the other hand, the men in blue dominated with both bat and ball, and look determined to come out right on top in the upcoming match and keep the lead.
The seamers gave India the required edge in the first match as they took 5 wickets in quick succession, leaving the Kiwis flustered at 5-48; youngster Hardik Pandya made a superb ODI debut with 3-31 in 7 overs and along with Umesh Yadav, who took 2 scalps, and Jasprit Bumrah, who has been in good form, makes up a strong pace attack for the hosts.
Spinners Amit Mishra and Kedar Jadhav then took 5 wickets between them, bringing the opposition to its knees and getting them all-out for just 190 on board. The squad has a good combination of pace and spin, experience and young talent, which can outwit the Kiwi batsmen yet again.
Kohli’s powerful knock of 85 from 81 helped India chase down the meagre 191 target in 33 overs; the No.3 batsman had done well in the tests too and looks in solid form to make the Kiwi pacers pay. Rahane also played a useful knock and along with others like Manish Pandey and Rohit Sharma, can help stabilise the innings in the middle. Dhoni has a young team that’s raring to go and under his leadership, can definitely prove to be a formidable force to reckon with here.
Tom Latham fought a lone battle at the top-order as he posted a heroic 79 from 98 deliveries; however, as wickets fell at the other end at regular intervals, the batsman could only muster 190 with good help from seamer Southee, who scored a brave 55 from 45 balls. Players like Williamson, Taylor, Guptill, Ronchi and Anderson failed against the Indian pace, and they can try to do a better job here.
It was a modest total to defend and the bowlers were lost at sea; Doug Bracewell and Neesham got a wicket each but couldn’t stop the hosts from hitting the big runs. Spinner Sodhi found success with Pandey’s wicket but proved to be costly; Santner was effective in his slow bowling and contained the run-flow but he couldn’t find an answer for Kohli.
The loss in the first match by 6 wickets would surely have been a blow to their spirits but they do have the resources to make a comeback on Thursday.
India has taken a 1-0 lead in the 5-match series and they are determined to maintain the domination; the Kiwis can try to put up a stiff challenge but we feel that the hosts clearly are favourites to win the contest at Delhi