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Coming from a 5-0 loss in the T20Is, a win in the first ODI for New Zealand came in as a surprise for many. New Zealand not only chased down the total of 347, but did so with significant ease. India, on the other hand, continued to build on their history of losing the first ODI of every series. The 2nd ODI will be of massive importance for both the sides as this series is only three-match long and both the sides will be desperate to get a win here, albeit for different reasons. While Indians would want to win the upcoming match and take the conclusion of the series to the third match, the Kiwis will be looking to seal the deal in the second ODI. The second ODI of the series is to be played at Eden Park, Auckland on 8th February.
On a surface that was extremely batting-friendly, as evident from the fact that close to 700 runs were scored across two innings, New Zealand's batting came good to cover for their bowling in the first ODI. Winning the toss and putting Indian in, the Kiwis failed to get early wickets and picked up the wicket of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal after, but not before the duo got India off to a pretty good start.
It were the middle overs, however, that their bowlers did well. On a ground with small boundaries and an even surface, Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer could score at a run-rate of around five and that probably turned out to be the difference between the two sides. On paper, their stats do not look impressive, but Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, and Jimmy Neesham were all fantastic in the middle overs. In a match where India scored 347 runs, the trio gave away only 141 runs in their 26 overs combined and picked up an important wicket of Shaw in process. New Zealand's death over bowling wasn't particularly impressive by and they'd like to improve in that aspect going into the second ODI of the series.
Without their main man, Kane Williamson, New Zealand had to be extra cautious with their chase and it reflected. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls got them off to a rather sedate but stable start, adding 85 runs for the first wicket. The next man in, Tom Blundell, wasn't able to do anything of substance as was dismissed for a personal score of nine. Ross Taylor and Henry Nicholls then brought the Kiwis back into the match as the duo strung together a 62-run partnership at a fairly good pace.
With Nicholls dismissed and New Zealand needed more than 170 runs in around 20 overs, the match was slipping away from the hosts. However, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham had other ideas. Latham looked scratchy in the beginning but once he started sweeping Kuldeep, he looked all at ease. Taylor followed the suit as the duo started and slogging everyone. More sweeps and more slogs was the story of their partnership as the duo ran past Indian bowling attack. Latham was dismissed after scoring a personal score of 69, but he had done his job. Unlike the T20Is where a dismissal triggered a collapse, New Zealand crawled their way to a much-needed win, which was led by Ross Taylor's brilliant 109 off 84 deliveries.
Although the win came with significant ease for the Kiwis at the end, there still is a massive scope of improvement. Questions were raised over Latham's captaincy as he kept Ish Sodhi, the man who troubled Indian batsmen the most in the third T20I, out of the attack for most part of the match. Their death bowling lacked teeth and has a massive scope of improvement. New Zealand are improving with every passing match and are expected to put up a better performance with the ball. As was the case in the first match, beating them is not going to be an easy task in the second ODI.
Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, TA Blundell, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, TWM Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, TG Southee, Mark Chapman, Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett.
India's total of 347 was above-par by all standards and there's no denying that. Also, there wasn't much that their bowlers did wrong. It was a bad day for Indians as New Zealand batsmen put up a perfect performance to nail down a chase that looked improbable for most of the innings.
Batting first, India started well with Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal getting off India to a quick start before both of them were dismissed in a quick succession. Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer got India to a pretty good position with a strong partnership in the middle, but Virat Kohli fell just around the time India were looking to break the shackles. KL Rahul didn't take much time to get going and started taking on the Kiwi bowlers with significant ease. Shreyas Iyer joined the party and completed his hundred. Once he was dismissed, Kedar Jadhav and KL Rahul finished the Indian innings with a flourish and a total that looked pretty good at the half-way mark.
India's bowling had done pretty well up until the third match of the series. Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, and Shardul Thakur were all pretty impressive with the ball in the T20Is, but failed to leave an impression in the first ODI. Although he went wicketless, Ravindra Jadeja did pretty well and so was the case with Jasprit Bumrah. However, Kuldeev Yadav and Shradul Thakur were disappointing in the death overs as they kept feeding the deliveries that Ross Taylor and Tom Latham liked. Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur conceded 164 runs in their 19 overs combined and that proved to be a game-changing difference between the two sides.
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, V Kohli, Kedar Jadhav, Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, NA Saini, SN Thakur, JJ Bumrah, YS Chahal.
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Toss played an important role in the first ODI, not because chasing was easy, but it allowed Kiwis to have a set plan about their chase. Both the sides had plenty to positives to take from the game and the second ODI promises to be a cracker of a contest as well. Eden Park, too, features short boundaries and an absolute run-fest is on the cards. Going by the recent performances of the two sides, there is almost nothing to separate them. As we saw in their last two series, India have a knack of losing the first match and bouncing back into the series. Rohit Sharma's presence, or lack thereof, was felt in the first match, but then India ended up scoring a pretty good total. On paper, India appear to be a better-balanced side and are, therefore, our pick to win the second match of the series.
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