New Zealand Win 2nd ODI
New Delhi: The New Zealand team leveled the series 1-1 by defending a modest total put up by India. The Kiwis ended the heroic fight put up by Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav to register a six-run win over India in a thrilling finish to the second One Day International (ODI). Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s Midas touch was missing this time around.
India was all out for 236 in 49.3 overs chasing a target of 243. While this is the first win for the New Zealand in the present tour, it is the first loss suffered by India in an ODI played at Feroz Shah Kotla in 11 years. The tail enders Hardik Pandya (36) and Umesh Yadav (18) offered a stiff resistance and together made 49 runs for the ninth wicket. Pandya’s dismissal in the last but one over ended India’s fight back through the tail-enders. ‘What about Dhoni’s famous finishing touch?’ is the question sitting on everybody’s mind. The ‘Captain Cool’, Dhoni, who is famed for keeping his cool in adverse circumstances and under great pressure, appeared clueless.
Earlier, Kane Williamson was in his form hitting a classy hundred, But the visitors lost momentum in the second half, especially in the slog overs ending up with 242 for 9 against India after being put in to bat.