New Zealand vs India 2nd ODI: Rohit, Kuldeep punish New Zealand to put India 2-0 up

Rohit Sharma 87 New Zealand India 2nd ODI Mount Maunganui cricket

Rohit Sharma was named Man of the Match for his knock of 87

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Rohit Sharma scored 87 and Kuldeep Yadav took four wickets as India crushed New Zealand by 90 runs in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui.

Choosing to bat first, India got off to an exceptional start as Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan amassed a 154-run partnership, during which both batsmen surpassed their half-centuries, before Dhawan was caught behind off the bowling of Trent Boult for 66, which came off 67 balls and included nine boundaries.

Rohit went on to score a 96-ball 87, which included nine boundaries and three sixes, before he was dismissed by Lockie Ferguson.

India captain Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu stabilised the innings with a 64-run stand before Kohli was caught by Ish Sodhi at fine leg off the bowling of Boult for 43.

Rayudu went on to score 47 before he was caught and bowled by Ferguson.

Despite losing Kohli and Rayudu in quick time, MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav ensured India ended their innings on a high as they forged an unbeaten 53-run partnership.

Dhoni ended up making a 33-ball 48, which included five boundaries and a six, while Jadhav remained undefeated on 22, which came off 10 deliveries and included three boundaries and a six.

Thanks to their efforts, India finished on 324/4 off their 50 overs.

Boult and Ferguson picked up two wickets apiece.

Chasing 325 to win, New Zealand lost opener Martin Guptill early on as he was caught by Yuzvendra Chahal at third man off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 15.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson made a quickfire 20 before he was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami.

Colin Munro, who opened the batting with Guptill, managed to score 31 before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Chahal.

Jadhav then took out Ross Taylor, while Kuldeep removed Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls and Ish Sodhi in quick succession.

Even though New Zealand were reeling at 166/8, Doug Bracewell refused to go down without a fight and dominated the 58-run partnership he put together with Ferguson.

In the end, Bracewell made a career-best 57, which came off 46 balls and included five boundaries and three sixes, before he was caught by Dhawan at long-on off the bowling of Kumar.

New Zealand were eventually bowled out for 234 when Ferguson was sent packing by Chahal for 12.

Kuldeep was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Kumar and Chahal snapped up two wickets apiece. As for Shami and Jadhav, they claimed one wicket each.

Rohit was named Man of the Match.

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