India's bad form continues in ODIs as they lost to Kiwis in the second one day international by 15 runs as per D/L method. With this loss India has also lost its No.1 rank in the ODIs. Except a brilliant knock of 78 runs off 65 balls by the dashing batsmen Virat Kohli, no other batsmen proved as answer against the Kiwis' tight bowling and fielding once again. Rahaney who scored 36 runs put up a good partnership of 90 runs with Virat Kohli but cannot save the match for his team.
Kiwis who are now becoming the giant-killers put up the target of 292-runs in 42 overs. India
started steadily but lost the quick wickets of opener Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma early in the innings when the score was just 37 runs. It was Virat Kohli who came out again as a rescuer by playing glorious shots all over the field and make the kiwis run for their money, in the end all eyes were on Dhoni and Virat but still they couldn't take India
When we spoke to former Indian cricketer Chetan Chauhan over the Indian defeat, he said, “We are not bowling well, and giving away 20-30 extra runs on the field, and the runs from no.3,4,5, batsmen are not coming, the tail is too long which doesn't contribute much in the team. I think they must give the chance to Amit Mishra, and Pujara must came to bat at no. 3, every team has home advantage so this is result of that”.
Earlier India after winning the toss decided to put New Zealand into bat. Kiwis who are high on spirits by winning the 1st ODI by 24 runs started their innings into the similar fashion as they did in the 1st ODI.
Jesse Ryder who went for early hitting fell cheaply on the score of 20, but then it was game on for the opponents as Guptill and Williamson put up a partnership of 89 runs smashing balls all over the ground, Williamson who seems to be in form played the brilliant knock of 77 runs on 99 balls. Other kiwi batsmen also provided enough support as Taylor who scored 55 runs.
Corey Anderson, the new pinch-hitter on the block scored 44 runs of just 17 balls by hitting 5 towering sixes and 2 fours and accelerated the New Zealand scoreboard by adding 74 runs in just few overs. Kiwis end up scoring 271 runs in just 42 overs.
Indian team who once can chase down any score in cricket now seems to be fighting to get close to 300 runs in ODIs. Now its the time for the team management to do brain storming on what went wrong in these two matches. What are the areas which need to be worked out, and is there need of re-shuffling in the team. Still there is chance for India to bounce back in the series but that will happen only when they start working on their weak areas.