Mohammad Shami took three wickets in the second ODI against New Zealand© AFP
Team India continued their lackluster form by beating New Zealand by eight wickets in the second ODI in Raipur on Saturday. After getting a clean sweep in the ODIs against Sri Lanka Rohit Sharma– The leading side now have an unassailable 2-0 lead against New Zealand in the three-match series. Opting to bowl first, the hosts completely dominated New Zealand Mohammed Shami Three wickets claimed, and the visitors were bowled out for 108 runs. Besides him, Mohammad Siraj Also rose to the occasion and registered figures of 1/10 in 6 overs. Team India’s pace department looks balanced despite the absence of their veteran pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah has been out of the team since September 2022 due to a back injury. He was included in the squad for the recently concluded ODI against Sri Lanka but was later dropped as a precautionary measure. However, Shami said that Bumrah’s absence was always felt in the team and he was hopeful that the 29-year-old would return soon and strengthen the bowling attack.
“Absence of a good player is always felt. But when a player gets injured, the game does not stop. We miss him because he is a good bowler. We are hopeful that he will come back soon to make the team stronger.” He is working on his fitness and we are waiting for him to join the Indian team and complete the setup,” Shami said at a press conference after the match.
India’s relentless pace attack plowed through a fragile New Zealand batting line-up as the hosts cruised to an eight-wicket win in the second ODI in Raipur on Saturday to seal the three-match series.
The Mohammed Shami-led attack produced a sustained effort before being bowled out in 20.1 overs to bowl out New Zealand for 108 runs. Rohit Sharma scored a brilliant 50 off 51 balls Good luck Gill He remained unbeaten on 40 runs off 53 balls.
It was an emphatic win but the early finish left fans at the remote Shaheed Bir Narayan Singh Stadium eager for more for Raipur’s first international game.
Shami (3/18) and Mohammad Siraj (1/10) made life difficult for the batsmen with their high-quality seam bowling and reduced New Zealand to 15 for five after Rohit opted to bowl. Stopping the odd ball made it tougher for the New Zealand batsmen though the batting of the Indian openers looked easy in the evening.
The third and final ODI will be played in Indore on Tuesday.
(with PTI input)
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