After losing the 1st One Day International in Mumbai, Kohli and his men have made a strong comeback in the 2nd One Day International at the MCA Stadium in Pune.
This match was a question mark to all the players and the viewers, just before the start of the game the curator of the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium was suspended for tampering the pitch and he was alleged for giving the pitch info to the bookies.
According to the India Today reporters Pandurang Salgaonkar, the curator at MCA stadium was caught on the cameras for leaking the details of the pitch that has been used for the 2nd One Day match between India and New Zealand.
As a result, Salgaonkar has been suspended from entering the ground and Ramesh Mamunkar, the curator of Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium will replace him for the job.
The ICC match referee Chris Broad had approved the pitch and the play started as per the proper schedule.
The Kiwis won the toss and opted to bat this time around. The visitors went with the same winning squad and India dropped Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel replaced him in the playing eleven.
The Kiwi openers started off cautiously in the first two overs, but Bhuvneshwar gave New Zealand the first blow in form of Martin Guptill. Guptill was out for 10 runs.
Kane Williamson was the second to go after Guptill was caught behind. Kiwi skipper was out to Jasprit Bumrah for just 3. For the first in his ODI career, Williamson was out for a single digit scores in consecutive matches.
In the next over Bhuvneshwar struck again, he dismissed Colin Munro for just 11.
The pair which brought the Kiwis home in the last match again had some work to do. A lot was expected from senior pro-Ross Taylor and Tom Latham after their heroics in Mumbai on Sunday.
But Hardik Pandya didn’t allow Ross Taylor to settle this time around. Ross was caught behind for 21 runs.
It was all up to Tom Latham to play sensible innings like he did at the Wankhede Stadium. Unfortunately for New Zealand he too was bowled by India’s number 8 ICC ODI bowler Axar Patel. Latham was out after scoring 38 runs.
Then the partnership between Henry Nicholls and Colin De Grandhomme helped the Kiwis to recover a bit.
But that didn’t go a long way as they wanted it to. Their 47 run stand was ended by Bhuvi. Henry was out for 42.
New Zealand wanted their premier batsmen to stay until the end, but lack of experience from the lower order didn’t allow that to happen.
Colin De Grandhomme was out for 41 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up his wicket.
Mitchell Santner and Tim Southee’s resistance allowed New Zealand to score 230 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Santner was out to Jasprit Bumrah for 29 runs and Tim Southee was unbeaten on 25 with Trent Boult on 2 not out.
The Indian bowlers were on the mark in this crucial match. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was the pick of the bowlers for India. He picked up 3 wickets and conceded only 45 runs from his quota of 10 overs.
Bumrah and Chahal picked up 2 wickets and Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel took 1 wicket each.
Chasing the modest target of 231, India lost Rohit Sharma early. Hitman scored only 7 runs.
Skipper Kohli showed his form after his marathon innings in Mumbai. He and Dhawan shared a much-needed partnership after the early setback.
They shared 57 runs stand to bring the Indian innings right on track. But Kohli couldn’t go a long way and finish this innings.
He was out on 29 runs. De Grandhomme took the wicket of Kohli.
After trying out a lot of players, one may say that India has found a batsman at the number 4 position. Dinesh Karthik played well in Mumbai. He scored 37 runs there and in Pune, he continued his brilliance. He played another good innings and guided his team to a good victory.
Firstly, Dinesh Karthik shared a partnership with Shikhar Dhawan. After Kohli fell early, Dhawan and Dinesh started the rebuilding process. The 70 runs partnership between them made this target to get a lot easier.
Dhawan to played well for his 68 runs but he couldn’t go a long way. He was out to Milne.
Then Dinesh Karthik shared another stand with Hardik Pandya, Pandya was promoted ahead of Dhoni in this match. This 55 run stand was good in the content of the game but Hardik was out before guiding India to the finishing line.
Hardik had a sense of urgency, that’s the reason why it cost him his wicket. Pandya was out to Santner for 30 runs.
But Dinesh Karthik was still there, he and MS Dhoni saw the team come over the line.
Dhawan and Karthik’s partnership was the turning point of the match. Dinesh Karthik was unbeaten on 64 with MS Dhoni who was not out on 18 runs.
New Zealand wasn’t that impressive as they were in Mumbai on Sunday. Southee, Milne, Santner and Grandhomme picked up 1 wicket each but Trent Boult the hero of the first match didn’t pick up any wicket in the second.
India won the match by 6 wickets and 4 over to spare.
Man of the match was awarded to Bhuvneshwar Kumar for his economical bowling figures.
Next Match is on 29th at Green Park in Kanpur.