Dhawan, Karthik power India to 6-wicket victory over New Zealand
Pune: It was an amazing batting display by Indian batsmen Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik. Karthik carried his domestic Cricket form into International Cricket which helped India to thump New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI of the three-match series at the Maharashtra Cricket Association stadium here on Wednesday.
With this emphatic victory, India levelled the series 1-1. India's Shikhar Dhawan (68), Dinesh Karthik (64 not out) scored handsomely for the cause.
It was a bad start for India as opener Rohit Sharma (7) departed with just 22 runs on the board. The right-hand batsman was dismissed by pacer Tim Southee in the fifth over.
But Dhawan and skipper Virat KOhli (29) then forged a 58-run second wicket partnership before in-form Kohli was dismissed by Colin de Grandhomme in the 14th over. Kohli slammed three fours and one six in his 29 ball innings.
Unperturbed by the fall of Kohli's wicket, Dhawan smashed the visitors bowlers all around the park to bring up his 22nd ODI half-century.
Karthik, on the other hand, kept on supporting Dhawan by giving him the strike and punishing the bad balls.
But after adding 18 runs to his half-century, Dhawan was sent packing by Adam Milne in the 30th over. Dhawan's 84- ball 68 comprised of five fours and two sixes.
Incoming batsman Hardik Pandya (30) then joined Karthik and the duo played sensibly. Both batsmen added 59 runs to make their team cross the 200-run mark.
But soon, Pandya was dismissed by Mitchell Santner in the 41st over when the scoreboard read 204.
Needing 26 runs in 10 overs, incoming batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni (18 not out) and Karthik completed the proceedings comfortably with four overs remaining.
For New Zealand, Adam Milne was the most succesfull bowler, scalping one wicket for 21 runs.
Earlier, disciplined bowling helped India to restrict New Zealand to 230/9.
For New Zealand, middle-order batsmen Grandhomme (41) Henry Nicholls (42) and Tom Latham (38) were the major contributors.
Unlike the first match, all went well for the hosts. Their bowlers chipped in with wickets at regular intervals and the fielders also rose to the occasion and made some brilliant saves.
The New Zealand batsmen, on the other hand, were struggling right from the start. Apart from the three middle-order batsmen no other batsman stuck to the wicket for a long duration.
Opting to bat, the visitors openers Martin Guptill (11) and Colin Munro (10) added 20 runs before pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar sent back experienced batsman Guptill in the third over.
Skipper Kane Williamson (3) also failed this time as he was adjudged leg before wicket off pacer Jasprit Bumrah in the sixth over. After adding two more runs, Munro was also bowled by Bhuvneshwar in the seventh over with the scoreboard reading 27/3.
Previous match stars Ross Taylor (21) and Tom Latham (38), then came into the middle. But just when things seemed good in the middle, Taylor was dismissed by Hardik Pandya in the 16th over.
With top order back in the hut, it was now up to the middle-order batsmen. Latham and Henry Nicholls added 60 runs for the fifth wicket before Latham was sent packing by spinner Axar Patel.
Unperturbed by the fall of Latham's wicket, Nicholls and Grandhomme stabilised the New Zealand innings as they forged 47 runs to help their team cross the 160-run mark.
Pacer Bhuvneshwar once again came into play as the pacer dismissed Nicholls when the scoreboard was reading 188.
Grandhomme, however, continued to strike the ball but lack of support from the other end resulted in his wicket in the 44th over.
Lower-order batsmen Santner (29) Adam Milne (0), Southee (25 not out) tried to ramp up the innings at the end but only managed to add a few runs and New Zealand could only make 230 runs in their allotted 50 overs.
For India, pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar scalped three wickets while Bumrah took two wickets.
Following is the scoreboard of the second India-New Zealand One Day International match in the next slide:
New Zealand Innings 230-9
Martin Guptill c Dhoni b Bhuvneshwar 11
Colin Munro b Bhuvneshwar 10
Kane Williamson lbw b Bumrah 31
Ross Taylor c Dhoni b Hardik Pandya 21
Tom Latham b Axar 38
Henry Nicholls b Bhuvneshwar 42
Colin de Grandhomme c Bumrah b Chahal 41
Mitchell Santner c Kohli b Bumrah 29
Adam Milne lbw b Chahal 0
Tim Southee not out 25
Trent Boult not out 2
Extras 8 (b 0, lb 3, w 5, nb 0, p 0)
Total 230/9 in 50 overs
Fall of Wickets: 20-1 (Martin Guptill, 2.4), 25-2 (Kane Williamson, 5.4), 27-3 (Colin Munro, 6.6), 58-4 (Ross Taylor, 15.6), 118-5 (Tom Latham, 29.1), 165-6 (Henry Nicholls, 37.5), 188-7 (Colin de Grandhomme, 43.1), 188-8 (Adam Milne, 43.2), 220-9 (Mitchell Santner, 48.5).
Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-0-45-3
Jasprit Bumrah 10-2-38-2
Kedar Jadhav 8-0-31-0
Hardik Pandya 4-0-23-10-2
Axar Patel 10-1-54-1
Yuzvendra Chahal 8-1-36-2.
India Innings 232-4 (46)
Rohit Sharma c Munro b Southee 7
Shikhar Dhawan c Ross Taylor b Milne 68
Virat Kohli c Latham b de Grandhomme 29
Dinesh Karthik not out 64
Hardik Pandya c Milne b Santner 30
M.S. Dhoni not out 18
Extras 16 (b 0, lb 7, w 9, nb 0, p 0)
Total 232/4 in 46 Overs
Fall of Wickets: 22-1 (Rohit Sharma, 4.3), 79-2 (Virat Kohli, 13.5), 145-3 (Shikhar Dhawan, 29.2), 204-4 (Hardik Pandya, 40.1)
Tim Southee 9-1-60-1
Trent Boult 10-0-54-0
Adam Milne 8-1-21-1
Mitchell Santner 10-0-38-1
Colin de Grandhomme 7-0-40-1
Colin Munro 2-0-12-0