Clinical India destroys New Zealand to win the series

In the second One-Day International against New Zealand in Raipur, India easily defeated the visitors by an eight-wicket margin to take a 2-0 lead in the series. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill collaborated for 72 runs as the opening pair. In just the 21st over, the hosts successfully chased down the meager mark of 109.

Rohit and Gill used the pull, hook, and drive on a wicket that appeared to have softened a little during the second innings to put India in command. As he successfully executed the reverse sweep off Mitchell Santner, Rohit also appeared to be in the mood to experiment with a few novel strokes. Finally, in the 15th over, Rohit attempted an across-the-line shot off Henry Shipley but was caught in front, giving the visitors their first wicket of the game. The ball continued to stay pretty low, which did not assist Rohit's situation.

Gill's slog-sweep and pull took India closer to the target. But against all odds, India lost another wicket when Santner bowled Virat Kohli out for the second time in the series. Tom Latham completed the task behind the stumps by snapping the bails off after the left-arm spinner enticed Kohli out of the crease. Gill quickly scored the go-ahead runs with a Santner boundary.

The bowlers lay the groundwork for India's victory. In the first over, Mohammed Shami removed Finn Allen, setting the tone. Allen, who usually stays behind the line, slogged one through and was cleaned up by Shami. Then, using his signature three-quarter seam, Mohammed Siraj nipped it away from Henry Nicholls' left hand, forcing him to edge one back. Daryl Mitchell was out after Shami dismissed him; the No. 4 hitter gave the bowler a leading edge.

As Hardik Pandya successfully pouched a magnificent one-handed return catch to send Conway back to the hut, the wicket-taking march continued. Latham too didn't last very long as New Zealand sank to a dangerously situated 15 for 5. He tamely edged Shardul Thakur to Shubman Gill. The tourists were in serious trouble at that point, so Michael Bracewell and Glenn Phillips tried to keep the innings going. Bracewell, however, was unable to duplicate his maiden ODI heroics as he top-edged a pull to the wicketkeeper.

Then, Phillips and Mitchell Santner collaborated on another exciting stand of 47. However, Hardik dismissed Santner with a slower delivery, and in the very next over, Phillips hit a deep midwicket boundary off Washington Sundar. The final two wickets were taken by Sundar and Kuldeep Yadav, who added the closing touches.


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