India were once again at their best and their clinical performance outclassed the Kiwis at Mount Maunganui. New Zealand bent down under the dominance of India and lost the game by 90 runs.
Kohli won the toss and elected to bat first. He wanted to test his team’s batting prowess and set a huge total. India went into the game with an unchanged team while New Zealand made two changes.
The Men in Blue started the game strongly. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma put up a 154-run opening stand. Useful partnerships in the middle order helped them to post a huge total of 324/4.
The Kiwis started the chase decently but due to India’s dominance, they kept losing wickets in regular intervals. Eventually they were bundled out for 234 in 40.2 overs.
India got the upper hand in the series as they are now 2-0 in the five-ODI series. New Zealand are totally on the back-foot now and will look to make a comeback in the next game.
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Here is the four reasons of how India showed their dominance in the 2nd ODI:
1. An excellent opening partnership
The game once again showed why Shikhar and Rohit are regarded as such a deadly combo. Together they put up a 154-run opening stand, which was quicker than run-a-ball.
This was their 14th century partnership together. Dhawan continued from where he left in Napier as he scored 66 runs. Rohit started slowly, but gradually picked up his pace as he scored 87 off 96 balls.
Both the batsmen hit a boundary in every over which unsettled the bowlers. This resulted in the leakage of runs. The century stand created the platform for the bigger score in the match.