Former Indian cricketer Akash Chopra criticized the New Zealand batsmen for their disappointing performance in the second One Day International (ODI) against New Zealand at the Shaheed Bir Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday, January 21. Won the three-match series by eight wickets.
Asked to bat first, the Kiwis lost five wickets for just 15 runs, their lowest total at the fall of the fifth wicket. However, their lower-order batsmen fought back and helped the Black Caps reach 108 runs. the opener Rohit Sharma And Shubman Gill played a solid knock to help chase down the bottom-par target with about 30 overs to spare.
Is it a cricket match or a football score? – Akash Chopra
In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Akash Chopra blamed the visitors for their poor batting performance and said the scorecard looked more like a football match than a cricket match.
“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 said.
“The beginning was very simple. 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 was that whoever had nine against their name won there, here the scale tilted towards those who had three against their name. she added.
Mohammad Shami set the tone of the match with the new ball after dismissing Finn Allen for zero runs in the first over of the innings. Mohammed Siraj took the wicket of Henry Nicholls before Shami took a brilliant reflex catch to dismiss Darryl Mitchell, the Kiwis down to 9-3 after 6.1 overs. Shami, who took three wickets for 18 runs in six overs, was adjudged Man of the Match for his superb bowling.