That is it from this game. Both teams have a one day's break, with the third ODI scheduled at this same venue on Monday, January 28, 2019 at 3 pm local (0200 GMT). India look roaring good for 3-0. Can the Black Caps fight and keep the series alive? Do join us for that game. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Virat Kohli says that it was a clinical performance. Mentions that it was a par total on this pitch and it was a balanced performance by them which is really pleasing. On the batting plans, Kohli adds that after the second drinks break, he decided to go hard but then he got out and the next batsman coming in took time to get going. These are the areas they need to improve, he mentions. Adds that they were 1-0 up in the series and had nothing much to lose. Lauds all his bowlers. States that Kuldeep and Chahal bowl with a lot of heart and they are always figuring out a way to get the batsmen out. Feels that this mindset is really helping them. Smiles and says that he is looking forward to a break from cricket after the next ODI.
Kane Williamson does not look too disappointed. He walks forward for an interview. Mentions that it's a little bit frustrating for the way they are losing. Credits India for the way they played. Adds that they showed glimpses in the chase but never really kicked on. Praises his bowlers, mainly Ish Sodhi and Doug Bracewell. Feels that it's two games in a row where they have not gained any control. States that some of their dismissals were a result of going too hard. On this sort of ground, Williamson reckons that wickets in hand would be the key and that's the lesson they are taking from this game.
ROHIT SHARMA has been named the MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is feeling good and winning the match was really important. First ball was really interesting as he didn't know how the pitch will behave. Adds that it was a par score, not a winning score and credits the Indian bowlers. Further says that he enjoys batting with Dhawan and mentions that they understand each other's game. Feels getting 325 is always a good effort. On the venue, he replies that it's a beautiful stadium and feels that it's always nice to play in an open ground.
Should the World Cup be already handed to India? Batting boxes ticked. Bowling boxes ticked. Fielding boxes ticked. Captaincy box ticked. Superb incisive bowling. Keeping the pressure on and not giving anything loose. Then, stopping runs in the field with some terrific saves. Earlier, with the bat, the middle order came to the fore, slowly erasing doubts in the minds of the supporters. Might be 6 months too early but this team is probably 10 steps ahead of the next best. Period. Please stay tuned for the presentation.
Clearly the Kiwis lacked technique. They lacked patience too. They were able to attack Shami because he was not able to control the movement but against bowlers who were tight, they struggled and threw wickets away. Doug Bracewell scored 57 but that was more because he was playing 'I-don't-have-anything-to-lose' innings. Tom Latham looked steady in his brief stay.
324 was supposed to be 20 runs short. It has proved 90 too many in the end. When Martin Guptill's run out was missed on 0, it seemed like it is going to be New Zealand's evening. But what followed after that was just a side struggling to come to terms to against some very good bowling. The Indian seamers were relentless while 'KULCHA' then finished things off.
Another highly hyped New Zealand-India ODI. Another one-sided contest. Another disappointment. Sigh. Having seen the way the India-Australia series panned out, this is a sheer let down.
Y Chahal to L Ferguson, OUT! There goes the final wicket! INDIA WIN BY 90 RUNS! Chahal gives this one some extra air and lands it full outside off, Ferguson takes on the challenge to clear long on but ends up hitting it straight down Shankar's throat in the deep. The Men in Blue had to work really hard for the last two wickets, took them 57 balls. Anyway, they go 2-0 up in the series after yet another dominating performance.
Y Chahal to L Ferguson, Full and flighted on off, Ferguson defends it off his front foot.
END OF OVER: 40 | 10 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 234/9
B Kumar to T Boult, Another short ball, Boult tries pulling but misses. 10 from the over, along with a wicket.
B Kumar to T Boult, SIX! Even better and bigger! Boult smiles. Back of a length ball angling into the batsman, Trent goes deep inside the crease and middles his pull shot quite well. It keeps on going and clears long on.
B Kumar to T Boult, FOUR! Wow, smart batting! Boult knows that mid off is up and just lofts it over the fielder for a boundary.
B Kumar to T Boult, Full and around off, angling in, Boult lunges and defends.
Trent Boult is the last man in.
B Kumar to D Bracewell, OUT! Doug Bracewell holes out! He gets deceived by the slower one. Tries pumping it over long on but fails to generate enough power behind his shot. Dhawan in the deep makes no mistake and it brings an end to a frustrating 58-run stand for India. Just one away from going 2-0 up in the series.
B Kumar to D Bracewell, Back of a length ball on middle, Bracewell plays it down to point.
END OF OVER: 39 | 6 Runs 0 Wkt | NZ: 224/8
K Yadav to L Ferguson, EDGY! FOUR! Kuldeep nearly gets a fifer there. Flighted and on middle, spinning back in, Ferguson tries defending off the front foot but it takes the inside edge, goes right through his legs, beats the stumps and finds the fence at fine leg.
K Yadav to D Bracewell, Loopy and on middle, Bracewell sweeps and sweeps well to deep square leg for a run.
K Yadav to D Bracewell, Quicker through the air this time, around leg, Doug is down the track to play it over the leg side but misses. It goes off his pads to covers.
K Yadav to D Bracewell, Turning away from around off, Bracewell stays back and keeps it out towards point.
K Yadav to L Ferguson, Flighted around leg, turning towards off, Ferguson takes a step down and hits it through mid-wicket for a single.
K Yadav to L Ferguson, Full and floated on middle, Ferguson defends it by getting forward.