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NZ seal series despite India’s fightback

The hosts registered yet another spectacular win against India to make it two-in-two. India lost their third consecutive One Day International against New Zealand and in the process also conceded the series.

Here are some of the talking points of the second ODI:

Martin Guptill provides a good start

After failing to convert starts into anything substantial so far, Martin Guptill finally stood tall at the top. Scoring a run-a-ball 79, the opener set the platform for the Kiwis.

He put up a 93-run partnership for the first wicket alongside Henry Nicholls who got out for 41.

NZ collapse after a spectacular start

The hosts were cruising at 142/1 but the dismissals of Tom Blundell and Guptill in quick succession triggered a collapse.

Some untimely run-outs and the Indian bowlers cashing on the momentum meant that the Kiwis were reduced to 197/8.

Ross Taylor to the rescue

With New Zealand under pressure at 197/8, Ross Taylor came to the rescue with a fantastic knock of 73. He stitched his innings beautifully batting with debutant Jamieson as they put up an unbeaten partnership of 76 runs from just 51 balls for the ninth wicket.

Indian top order falls

The young duo of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal couldn't do anything special as they were dismissed early into their innings. Skipper Virat Kohli too couldn't extend his stay at the crease as India were in a spot of bother with the top 3 back to the pavilion within the first ten overs.

Shreyas Iyer scores a half-century

The lanky No.4 batsman carried his form from the century at Hamilton even though wickets kept tumbling from the other end. He got out playing a reckless shot just after completing his fifty.

Late charge by Jadeja and Saini

With the visitors reduced to 153/7, the target seemed far-fetched. Both Ravindra Jadeja (55) and Navdeep Saini (45) put up a 76-run stand for the ninth wicket. Saini produced his best List ‘A’ score and gave India hope. But once he got out, the onus to score quick runs fell on Jadeja’s shoulders. He was the last man to be dismissed as India went down fighting by 22 runs. 

What a knock, Saini 👏👏#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/vLMfSit53t

With the series sealed by the home side, they will be looking to complete a whitewash after going down 5-0 in the T20Is.