Feeling good: Rohit Sharma after match-winning knock vs New Zealand in 2nd ODI

first_imgBrief scores – India 324/4 (Rohit 87, Dhawan 66) beat New Zealand 234 (Bracewell 57; Kuldeep 4 for 45) by 90 runs to take 2-0 lead in 5-match series. ScorecardRohit Sharma missed out on his first ODI hundred in New Zealand but he still wasn’t disappointed as India ended up on the winning side yet again in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.India rode on Rohit Sharma’s 87, his highest ODI score in New Zealand, to post a challenging 324 for 4 after electing to bat first on a flat surface at the Bay Oval. Shikhar Dhawan (66), MS Dhoni (48 not out) and Virat Kohli (43) also made useful contributions with the bat.”Good feeling (on his performance) but more importantly, we won the match. We didn’t know how the pitch will behave. The last time when SL and NZ played here, it was a high scoring game.”When we got 324, we thought it was a par score and not a big score. Credit to our bowlers for doing a good job,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.New Zealand 103/4 after 18 overs in the game.#NZvIND #TeamIndia https://t.co/Wqno8X4OHs pic.twitter.com/rvtlNfpnWLBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019It was Rohit and Dhawan’s 154-run opening partnership which set up the win for India before Kuldeep Yadav chipped in with 4 wickets to derail New Zealand’s run chase.Rohit and Dhawan, who are one-day cricket’s fourth-most prolific opening pair, surpassed the Indian duo of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag with their 14th century stand in one-day internationals which is the third highest by an Indian pair after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (26) and Rohit-Virat Kohli (15).advertisementRohit and Dhawan are also fourth on the list of most hundred-run partnerships by openers after Sachin Tendulkar-Sourav Ganguly (India) (21), Adam Gilchrist-Matthew Hayden (Australia) (16) and Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (West Indies) (15).”Important for the team to get a good start and I have always enjoyed batting with Shikhar, I am sure it’s the same for him too. Lovely ground here and it was nice to see such a big crowd on an open ground,” Rohit [email protected] looking solid out there in the middle, brings up his 38th ODI half-centuryLive – https://t.co/Wqno8X4OHs #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/z3UzpdZ4XZBCCI (@BCCI) January 26, 2019The bowlers were equally lethal as the batsmen for India in this game with Kuldeep Yadav once again leading the way with 4 wickets for 45 runs. Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar also chipped in with two wickets each while Mohammed Shami got the big fish – Kane Williamson.The all-round show by India on its 70th Independence Day today, impressed captain Virat Kohli as well.”Quite clinical. We were really balanced with the bat. 325 was par. Not something you feel comfortable considering NZ’s batting. But it was good to put up a balanced performance,” Virat Kohli said at the presentation.The third ODI between India and New Zealand will be played at the same venue on January 28 (Monday).last_img read more