A see-saw second ODI at Auckland between New Zealand and India gave many twists and turns, before eventually ended in favour of the Kiwis by 22 runs.
That gave New Zealand an unbeatable 2-0 lead in the series, as the teams now move to the picturesque Mount Maunganui for the third and final ODI.
New Zealand have a great chance to blank India, while the visitors will look to limit the damage. Both teams are passing through some interesting times – New Zealand are forced to accommodate a number of injuries, while India are looking to keep experimenting with the T20 World Cup firmly in mind.
It was a complete performance from debutant Kyle Jamieson that turned the tables at Auckland. The series turnover has been orchestrated by Ross Taylor (182 runs, 1×100 1×50), who just can’t stop scoring runs. The Kiwi openers Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill are also aggregating more than 100 runs for the side, and providing good starts.
Bowling wise, the injured Tim Southee (four wickets) has belied all problems and leading the Kiwis. The all-rounders Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham have been doing well with the ball – a pleasant surprise for captain Tom Latham.
India haven’t lived up to the expectations after a dominant T20I series. Only Shreyas Iyer (155 runs, 1×100 1×50) has managed to be amongst the runs, while the likes of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli have struggled for consistency.
What should worry India is the way Jasprit Bumrah (zero wickets, ER 5.85) has been worked out. It could be time for the pacer to take a break, but otherwise the Indian bowlers have really struggled to leave their mark.
New Zealand have once again proven that they are a different outfit when pushed to a corner. The ODI outfit of the Kiwis is far more accomplished and look better balanced than their Indian counterparts. Injuries still cast a cloud over the team composition, but New Zealand should once again look to pack a punch. The emergence of Jamieson gives them an extra dimension. As for the Indians, they look a disjointed unit right now with nothing much happening for them. Fatigue seems to be a bigger worry for the visitors and their poor fielding efforts also is a hindrance.
History & Statistics
- The chasing side has won six of India’s last nine ODIs.
- India have won six of their last nine bilateral ODIs against New Zealand.
- India have won both their ODIs at this venue against New Zealand.
- New Zealand have won six of their last seven home ODIs.
- New Zealand have won their last three ODIs against India.
- New Zealand have lost five of the eight ODIs at this venue.
- The team batting first has won five of the last seven ODIs at this venue.
After a breezy debut where he scooped the ‘Man of the Match’, Kyle Jamieson will look to continue his good start.
Shreyas Iyer continues to keep scoring runs and now has 5×50 and 1×100 in his last ten ODIs for India.