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New Zealand’s Supremacy Dented; Slips To Second Position After Heavy Defeat In 2nd ODI

by  Aman Singh  •  Last updated on 2023-01-23 12:34:42

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New Zealand slumps in their ICC Men’s ODI rankings following their eight-wicket defeat to India in Raipur on Saturday that helped England to seize the ace rank. Two days ahead of the thriller in Hyderabad, the Blackcaps were a total flop against India in the do-or-die game on January 21. With their recent defeat, the Kiwis not only lost the all-important series but their ODI crown was compromised.

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Before Raipur’s ODI, New Zealand were the table-toppers with 115 rating points while England and Australia were the next two with 113 and 112 rating points. Men In Blue were resting in fourth position with just one points gap.

After a thumping eight wickets win, New Zealand shuffled their rank with England and were seated at the second spot with 113 rating points and overall 3166 overall points. Team India entered the top three league, and are presently standing at third position with 113 rating points.

Indian bowlers were at their ultimate best in the second ODI and ensured a cakewalk win against the visitors. The fast bowlers launched the attack and Kiwis were chopped to 15 for 5 inside the powerplay overs. For the visitors, Glenn Philips (36), Mitchell Bracewell (22) and Mitchell Santner (27) were the top run-getters and all thanks to their struggling knocks that helped New Zealand to post an above 100 runs target.

India held their calm in the crisp but challenging total on a two-paced Raipur pitch, skipper Rohit Sharma gained some confidence with a run a ball 50.

In his post-match conference, Rohit confessed that he had to step in between Shami and Siraj, as both the players were keen to continue their wreak havoc spell against New Zealand batters and decided to hand the ball to other bowlers.

They (Shami and Siraj) were raring to keep bowling long spells but I reminded them that there is a Test series coming up as well (Australia at home), so we need to take care of ourselves as well. I need to step in and draw the line and say 'boss, there are other bowlers as well", he said.

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 The Indian skipper was impressed with Indian bowlers' sheer performance in the match. Rohit said "I thought these last five games, the bowlers have really stepped up. Whatever we have asked of them, they have delivered. Especially doing this in India. You can expect these performances away from India, but they have real skills. When we trained here yesterday in the night, it moved around, there was good carry. Which is why we wanted that challenge: 250 would have been quite challenging."

Speaking about the win and the game plan in the second ODI, Rohit said “We trained yesterday and the ball was nipping around under lights. We knew that if they had 250 or so, it might have been challenging for us but that was the point of opting to chase. We batted first last game, so the idea was to challenge ourselves. Not sure what I'll do at Indore (in the final game). The confidence is high within the group and that's great to see."

India will be keen to keep pace with the gained momentum from the first two matches and sweeps the series with 3-0 mark.  

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