New Zealand vs India, 2nd ODI

    India in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2020 | 2nd ODI | Saturday 8th February | 02:00
     Match Ended
    New Zealand
    273/8 (50.0) RR:5.46
    251 (48.3) RR:5.17
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    That ends a nerve-wracking game. A fine way to end your Saturday evening, eh? There is one more match left in this series. We head back to Mount Maunganui where the 5th T20I was played. The third and final ODI will be played on Tuesday, 11th February, 2020 at 3 pm local (0200 GMT). ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

    New Zealand skipper, Tom Latham, says that it's a great victory today. Mentions that in the last match the batsmen won them the game and today the bowlers did the job. Tells that it's always a funny wicket and sometimes 270 looks like 290 if you pick early wickets so he was okay with the total. Adds that the way his bowlers kept picking wickets throughout was really pleasing but he was never satisfied till the last wicket went down. On Luke Ronchi coming out to field, Latham replies that it was just about juggling as Tim Southee was not feeling well. Praises Kyle Jamieson for his debut game. States that winning 3-0 will be great but he wants to keep his fingers crossed.

    Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, starts by saying that it's been two pretty good games and it's good to watch for the fans. Is happy with the way they finished after the top order flopped. Admits they gave away too many runs at the backend of the first innings. Praises the batting efforts of Jadeja, Saini and Iyer. States that it's a big revelation for them to see the kind of fightback shown by the lower order. Tells that they have nothing to lose now and can play expressive cricket that they are known to play and might hand out chances to some fringe players. Shares that there were no messages sent to Saini and Jadeja and they were following their instincts as Kohli feels that sometimes it confuses the minds of the batsmen. Also adds that the team wanted them to take their own decisions. Is pleased with the fightback shown by the lower order which also gives confidence to the middle and top order batsmen.

    KYLE JAMIESON IS THE MAN OF THE MATCH! The debutant says that it's a bit of a high at the moment and he is trying to sink in the feeling. Tells that it was nice to contribute with the bat and the ball. On the batting plans, it was just to try and stay there till the end. Adds that he felt relieved after getting a wicket in his first over. On the difference that international cricket brings, Kyle mentions that it's quite high intensity with a big crowd watching.

    Coming to the bowling. Who lost their nerves more? Guess, India. They had the innings under control but just could not hit the yorker mark consistently at the death. Chahal took a 3-fer while Thakur got a couple. New Zealand were well on top till the 31st over but they nearly found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory. All bowlers contributed but the ones who did most of the damage were Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee. The debutant took the first wicket and also broke the 8th wicket stand to get rid of Saini, ending India's hopes while Southee dismissed Kohli and Jadhav, not allowing the middle order to fire. Please stay tuned for the presentation.

    Nothing is over till it is really over. Jadeja and Saini proved that. Navdeep Saini proved to be the surprise package, as initially he took his time but then started to cut loose. He took on Colin de Grandhomme in the 44th over, smashing the bowler for three boundaries and getting India back in the run chase. Jadeja and Saini added 76 for the 8th wicket and almost took India home.

    Surely 274 was not a big target on a small ground for the Indians. But it did seem like the pitch got a bit on the slower side. The visitors lost their openers cheaply and then when the floodlights took full effect, batting looked to be getting difficult. The middle order was blown away and all of a sudden, the tourists found themselves 153/7, needing 121 from 113 balls.

    Let us start from how it all began. New Zealand started brilliantly after being asked to bat first and were 142/1 in the 27th over before collapsing to 197/8 in the 42nd. But Ross Taylor found an able partner in debutant Kyle Jamieson as the duo added an unbeaten 76 for the 9th wicket in 51 balls, taking the team total close to 275.

    How did this match reach here? We were all looking at New Zealand 200 all out. Naah... debutant Kyle Jamieson had a different say. And then, with India reeling at 153/7, we thought it was game over. But Saini and Jadeja fought almost till the end - nearly taking their team over the line.

    Phew! We get another humdinger. New Zealand and India games. Will they cease causing heart attacks? But what a game. A match of the fightbacks.

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