OVERS 6.4: OUT! THE BIG WICKET! Virat Kohli comes down the pitch again but the Bennett delivery climbs on him, Kohli manages it to cut to third man but it went in the air and Kyle Jamieson dives forward to take a good catch. India 32/2
Hamish Bennett replaces Tim Southee in the attack
OVERS 5.5: FOUR! Jamieson bowls it short again and Shaw cuts over backward point for his second boundary.
OVERS 4.1: BIG HIT! Virat Kohli takes a couple of steps down the pitch and smashes a Southee delivery over mid-on for a flat SIX.
OVERS 3.6: FOUR! Jamieson bowls it short and Shaw square cuts for his first boundary
OVER 1.6: OUT! CLEAN BOWLED! Jamieson bowls the full delivery that comes in with the swing and moves away just slightly after pitching to crash into the stumps of Agarwal (1) who plays all over it. India 8/1
Kyle Jamieson shares the new ball with Southee
OVER 0.5: Agarwal slashes to third man to get off the mark
OVER 0.1: Southee angles the ball in and Shaw flicks to square leg for two to get off the mark
Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal walk out to open the batting for India, Tim Southee bowls the first over for New Zealand
India (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett
New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson says that it is a new surface and he hopes dew to play a part later on in the game. Tells the fight they showed and put up a fight against a fantastic side like India has been great and they look to continue that in this game. Informs Santner is in for Chapman. Tells it was a balance thing and says it is nice to have the balance back and hence the change.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli says they wanted to bat first anyway. Tells it is a hard surface with some grass on it. Says they have nothing to lose and want to put some runs on the board. Tells it has been a great learning especially with a few debutants. Tells they were outplayed in the first ODI but showed great fight and tells the cricket has been good but also admits he is disappointed to finish on the wrong side. Informs they have one change as Kedar Jadhav goes out and Manish Pandey comes in for him.
TOSS: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson wins toss, puts India in to bat
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With Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan missing due to injuries, Virat Kohli missing out on scoring big and KL Rahul batting later in the order, India’s traditional ODI strength was neutralised without New Zealand having to do any hard work.
Openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have shown only momentary flashes of brilliance and have not replicated the kind of starts the Indian batting has grown accustomed to from its top-order.
Rohit’s absence has been a major factor in India’s defeat in this series. The opener averaged 57.30 in ODI cricket in the past 12 months, having a major impact on Indian fortunes in this format.
In that light, the burden of scoring runs has been placed squarely on Kohli in this series. With 66 runs in two innings, he did not come through for once and the rest didn’t rise to the occasion either.
All of it resulted in reversal of fortunes on the limited-overs leg of this tour, as India had arrived here at Mt. Maunganui a week ago leading the T20I series by a 4-0 margin. They went on to drub the Black Caps 5-0, but now find themselves in the same position at the same ground.
It is also a reversal of results from the Men in Blue’s last visit here in 2019 when they won the ODI series 4-1 but lost the T20I series 2-1.
India’s previous ODI series loss in New Zealand was 1-4 on the 2014 tour.