Akash Chopra, former opener turned commentator expressed his disappointment over New Zealand not being able to play a match in the first international in Raipur on Saturday (January 21).
Asked to bat first in the second ODI against India, Tom Latham and Co. were bowled out for just 108 runs. The Men in Blue then chased down the target with eight wickets and nearly 30 overs to spare to complete an emphatic victory and seal the three-match series before the final. Indore.
Akash Chopra was shocked by New Zealand’s mediocre start in 2nd ODI and felt it was a football score at 9/3
Finn Allen was bowled by Mohammed Shami before the visitors scored a run. Mohammad Siraj then had Henry Nicholls caught by Shubman Gill at first slip, Mohammad Shami took a return catch from Daryl Mitchell to reduce the Kiwis to 9-3 after 6.1 overs.
While reviewing the game in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Akash Chopra slammed the visitors for their disappointing batting performance, saying: “It was the first international match at the Raipur ground. I had high hopes that it would be an amazing match because obviously, it’s got another charm. But what is it – 108 runs, what are you doing?
Akash Chopra added that the initial scoreline made it feel like a football game, explaining: “The start was very ordinary. Finn Allen was dismissed on the fifth ball of the first over and then they were 9-3. We were saying – is it a cricket match or a football score? The difference is that whoever had nine against their name won there, the scale here tilted towards those who had three against their name.
Akash Chopra felt it was a typical New Zealand batting performance
Akash Chopra points out that wickets tend to read like ninepins, in detail: Even then the wickets did not stop falling. Devon Conway was still standing, I was expecting him to play well but Hardik Pandya took a great return catch. Darryl Mitchell was caught and bowled and was dismissed by Latham Thakur. We saw a very ordinary batting performance.
The cricketer-turned-commentator concluded that all the Indian bowlers were between the wickets, observing: “Mohammed Shami took three wickets; Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar took two wickets each and Siraj, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav took one each. It’s really a one-sided event.”
Experienced pacer Mohammad Shami finished with 3-18 in six overs. Glenn Phillips (36), Mitchell Santner (27) and Michael Bracewell (22) are the only New Zealand batsmen to reach double figures.
India’s batsmen chased down the target of 109 runs with eight wickets to spare in just 20 overs following a relentless performance by their pacers. Rohit Sharma scored 51 off 50 balls and Shubman Gill, who remained unbeaten on 40 off 53 balls. India bundled out New Zealand for 108 runs with six of their bowlers taking at least one wicket.