NZ 230/9 (50.0 Ovs) (Nicholls 42, Grandhomme 41; Kumar 3/45, Chahal 2/36)
IND 232/4 (46.0 Ovs) (Dhawan 68, Karthik 64; Milne 1/21, Santner 1/38)
Result: India won by 6 wickets
Man of the match: Bhuvneshwar Kumar
After losing the first ODI in Wankhede, India has leveled up the series 1-1, beating New Zealand by 6 wickets. It was the Indian bowlers who basically won the match in the first 50 overs, restricting the Kiwis to a mere 230. Indian batsmen, led by Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik, easily toppled the target with 4 overs to spare.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bat. With the rumors of Pitch curator Salgaoncar being suspended, the match was in danger of being called off. But eventually it didn’t happen and the Indian supporters should be happy since they got to see their team back in full form.
Indian pacers flew out of the blocks; especially Bhuvneshwar Kumar was at his brilliant best. The pacer dismissed both the openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. New Zealand was reeling at 58 for 4 with both Williamson and Ross Taylor back in the hut. Last match’s centurion Tom Latham tried to attack the Indian bowling but perished at 38. Henry Nicholls & Colin De Grandhomme’s score in excess of 40 propelled the score to go over 200.
In reply, India never really looked uncomfortable despite Rohit Sharma going put cheaply for just 7. Alongside Dhawan & Karthik, captain Kohli & all-rounder Hardik Pandya chipped in to compliment the previous two who both scored 60s. Fittingly, it was Karthik who finished it in style with a boundary off Tim Southee to set up a decider on October 29th at Kanpur. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was adjudged man of the match for his three wickets.