2nd ODI: India thrashes New Zealand by 90 runs

India thrash New Zealand by 90 runs in the 2nd ODI to take 2-0 in 5 match series; Openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan score half centuries; Kuldeep Yadav picks four wickets.

Following an impressive show by openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, India bowlers displayed tremendous grit to bundle out New Zealand for 234 in 40.2 overs, 90 runs short of the target, in the second One Day International at Bay Oval to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav, who had claimed four wickets in India’s win in the first ODI in Napier, once again took four wickets to lead the visitors’ bowling attack in Mount Maunganui. Fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two wickets each, while Mohammed Shami and Kedar Jadhav chipped in with a wicket each. Tail-ender Doug Bracewell scored 57 runs and was the only fifty-plus scorer in the New Zealand batting line-up.

Earlier, India rode on fifties by Rohit and Dhawan to score 324 for four in their allotted 50 overs. Rohit Sharma top-scored for India with 87 runs and stitched a 154-run stand with opener Shikhar Dhawan, who contributed with a 66-run knock. Captain Virat Kohli missed out on his 49th ODI half-century on a third consecutive occasion and lost his wicket for 43 runs. India’s number four batsman Ambati Rayudu fell three runs short of his 10th ODI fifty as he was dismissed for 47 runs. MS Dhoni remained not out on 48.

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