India establishes an insurmountable lead as Raipur's pacers go wild

As New Zealand crumbled for a score of 108, all six of India's bowlers claimed wickets.

India establishes an insurmountable lead as Raipur's pacers go wild

The brittle New Zealand batting order was destroyed by India's relentless pace attack as the hosts cruised to an eight-wicket victory in the second ODI to win the three-match series here on Saturday. Before India scored the runs in 20.1 overs, the Mohammed Shami-led attack made an effective effort to bowl out New Zealand for a paltry 108. Shubman Gill was undefeated on 40 off 53 deliveries, while Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent 50 off 51 balls.Although it was a convincing victory, the early end left the sea of spectators who had gone to the far-off Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium for Raipur's first international game wanting more. After Rohit decided to bowl, Shami (3/18) and Mohammed Siraj (1/10) made it difficult for the batters by reducing New Zealand to a miserable 15 for five with their excellent seam bowling. Although the Indian openers in the evening made batting look simple, the odd ball stopping made it harder for the New Zealand batters. On Tuesday in Indore, the third and final ODI will be played.After missing a full ball that came back in late to clip the pads and fracture the stumps, New Zealand opener Finn Allen was the first to go. The remainder was completed in the slips by Gill when Siraj successfully caused Henry Nicholls, who was batting at position three, to induce an outside edge. Shami and Hardik Pandya's two outstanding return catches (2/16) further complicated matters for New Zealand. Daryl Mitchell mistimed a flick attempt to the on-side when Shami got one to form away, returning it to the bowler. Incredible one-handed grab by Hardik to remove Devon Conway from the game in the tenth over.In the subsequent over, Shardul Thakur (1/26) secured himself a wicket by pulling a thick edge from Tom Latham's bat. The New Zealand captain took a careless shot, which Gill easily caught in the slips.

Even though New Zealand was in terrible shape, there was still hope because to the middle's centurion from the previous game, Michael Bracewell (22), and the equally dangerous Glenn Phillips (36). Bracewell took a step forward to hit Shami over cover, making his intentions obvious. In the 19th over, after receiving two consecutive fours, Shami produced a vicious bouncer, which Bracewell attempted to pull but instead edged back to the keeper.The squad passed 100 with a 47-run stand for the seventh wicket from Phillips and Mitchell Santner (27), who had struck a fifty in Hyderabad. But both were bowled out in a span of six deliveries, ending New Zealand's hopes of a comeback. While Phillips allowed Suryakumar Yadav to successfully catch a long hop from Washington Sundar (2/7), Santner played a well-masked slower ball from Hardik on to the stumps. The New Zealand innings was put to an end in 34.3 overs when number 11 Blair Tickner was caught in front by Kuldeep Yadav (1/29).India was efficient in the run chase, as Rohit captivated the audience with his distinctive pull shots. One of them hooked Lockie Ferguson over fine-leg for a six, the game's first maximum. Gill, who recently scored a double century in Hyderabad, also produced some magnificent shots, including a terrific cover drive off Ferguson. The task was made simpler for the batters because the New Zealand pacers were unable to generate as much seam movement as their Indian counterparts.Before Shipley caught him leg before wicket with a ball that maintained low, Rohit completed his fifty with a single in the thirteenth over. As usual, the fans cheered loudest for Virat Kohli, who could only last nine deliveries before Santner defeated him for the second time in as many games.

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