The brittle New Zealand batting order was destroyed by India's continuous pace attack as the hosts blasted to an eight-wicket victory in the second ODI to win the three-match series in Raipur on Saturday. Mohammed Shami-led attack made an effective effort to bowl out New Zealand for a small score of 108, which India chased down in just 20.1 overs. Shubman Gill was undefeated on 40 off 53 deliveries, while Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent 51 off 50 balls. Although it was a victorious day for India, spectators flown to the remotely located stadium couldn't enjoy the match to the fullest as it was wrapped up early.
India won the toss and chose bowling with a clear cut plan to trouble the opponents. 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. As India knocked out New Zealand for 108 runs, Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar picked two while Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav claimed one each. Now the host team India is leading the series by 2-0 as they had won the first match at Hyderabad by 12 runs.
After missing a full ball that came back in late to clip the pads and smash the stumps, New Zealand opener Finn Allen was the first to go. Gill did a good job not only in batting but also in fielding which made India's job easy from the beginning. Shami and Hardik Pandya's two outstanding return catches further complicated conditions for New Zealand. Daryl Mitchell misplayed a flick attempt to the on-side when Shami got one to shape away, returning it to the bowler. An incredible one-handed catch by Hardik to remove Devon Conway from the match in the tenth over is one of the best moments today. 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.
Michael Bracewell and Glenn Philips were New Zealand's hope in the middle overs, as they can help the team not to steep down to a small total. 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 sharp 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 hit a fifty in Hyderabad. But both were bowled out in a span of six deliveries, ending New Zealand's hopes of a comeback.
The task was made simpler for the batters because the New Zealand pacers were unable to generate as much seam movement as the India bowlers. Before Shipley caught him leg before wicket with a ball that maintained low, Rohit completed his fifty with a single in the thirteenth over. The final and third ODI of this series will be played on Thursday at Indore. India will look forward to registering a third win in the series and whitewashing the series. The New Zealand team will be hoping to register at least one win from the series by strengthening their batting and bowling departments.