Sterling Reserve NZ vs IND three-match ODI series
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NZ vs IND ODI series:The spot-start second ODI between India and New Zealand was called off on Sunday in Seddon Park because of the weather. The rain had been expected to threaten to interrupt the game, but it did happen.
For the second time in the series, Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, won the toss and decided to bowl first. Due to cloudy conditions and the pitch being covered in the lead-up to the game, the toss had been postponed by 15 minutes.
The dominance of Shubham Gill
On a pitch that favoured fast bowlers, Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav dazzled the spectators with some dazzling stroke play. In his unbeaten 25-ball 34, Suryakumar blasted three beautiful sixes, and Gill was sharp with his timing and shot placement to finish 45 not out of 42 pitches.
Tim Southee was viciously slashed through cover by Shubman Gill as he twice drove gracefully beyond mid-on. However, rain interrupted play just as India reached 22/0 after 4.5 overs. The play was halted by rain for almost three and a half hours before the match could resume.
Second, re-start because of rain
India needed to step it up right away because the game was now reduced to 29 overs per side. Shikhar Dhawan mistimed his chipped drive of Henry to mid-on on the second ball after play resumed in an effort to accomplish this.
Gill, however, remained resilient and successfully pulled Henry over a deep backward square leg for six. By upper-cutting a rising delivery from Lockie Ferguson over the goalkeeper’s head for a boundary, Suryakumar joined the fun.
The dominance of Surya and Gill
Before Suryakumar smacked a stunning slog-sweep off Mitchell Santner over the deep mid-wicket boundary for six in the following over, Gill was magnificent in lofting inside-out off Michael Bracewell over extra cover.
He continued to display bold stroke play by reverse-sweeping off Bracewell for a maximum. Moving aside to make room for a six-yard bomb to Ferguson over deep mid-wicket. Then he flicking him through fine leg.
Rain not only spoiled this game but also Spoiled the series for India
However, the rain started to fall again right away, forcing the athletes from the field. The larger covers appeared on the field and pitch as the rain became more intense. However, the downpour persisted, and when the umpires shook hands with both captains, the game was ultimately abandoned.
India’s greatest opportunity now is to tie the ODI series in the final match of the visit on Wednesday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Since New Zealand still leads 1-0 as a result of the washout.
India will play New Zealand in the penultimate and final ODI of the series on November 30 (Wednesday) at 7:00 AM IST. India will attempt to win the last game and even the series at one game each. New Zealand, meanwhile, will try to win the last ODI and the series 2-0.