Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav help India thrash Kiwis by 90 runs in second ODI

Rohit Sharma was declared 'Man of the Match' for his brilliant contribution with the bat. 

Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav help India thrash Kiwis by 90 runs in second ODI
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After Rohit Sharma struck a blistering knock of 87 runs, Kuldeep Yadav bagged a four-wicket haul to help India thrash New Zealand by 90 runs in the second ODI to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series at the Bay Oval in Tauranga on Saturday.   

Opting to bat first, India had a perfect start to their innings as opener Rohit and Dhawan (66) not only struck half-centuries, but also stitched a huge 154-run partnership for the opening wicket to put the Men in Blue in a strong position. 

While Rohit Sharma brought up his 38th ODI half-century, it was 27th fifty for Dhawan in the fifty-over format. 

Following the duo's dismissal, Indian skipper Virat Kohli (43) and Ambati Rayudu (47) also made significant contributions before Mahendra Singh Dhoni came with an unbeaten knock of 48 and was well-supported by Kedar Jadhav (22) from other end to help India put a score of 324/4 in their stipulated 50 overs. 

In reply, the New Zealand batsmen struggled against the Indian bowlers and started falling in quick successions until Doug Bracewell, who tested the Men in Blue and notched up his maiden fifty coming to bat at No.8. 

Yadav was the pick of the bowlers for India as he finished with the figures of 4 for 45, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged two wickets each. 

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami and Kedar Jhadav also chipped in with a wicket each. 

Rohit Sharma was declared 'Man of the Match' for his brilliant contribution with the bat. 

The two sides will now play their third ODI of the series on January 28 at the same venue.  

Here are the highlights: 

# India beat New Zealand by 90 runs! 

# Wicket! Chahal picks up the final wicket to wrap up New Zealand's innings. Ferguson was caught by Shankar at long on  to help India bundle out the hosts are for 234. New Zealand 234 (40.2 overs)

# Trent Boult comes to bat for New Zealand! 

# Wicket! Bracewell's impressive innings of 57 finally comes to an end as he was caught at long on by Shikhar Dhawan off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's delivery . India just one wicket away from victory. New Zealand 234/9 (40 overs)

# Bracewell continues to test the Indian bowlers as he brings up his maiden half-century off 35 balls. He achieves the feat by pulling back a single off Kuldeep's delivery. Williamson's side now require 113 runs from 13 overs. New Zealand 212/8 (37 overs). 

# The Indian bowlers proved to be too expensive in the last two overs as they have conceded 20 runs to the New Zealand batsmen, including a six and a boundary. Bracewell is giving good fight in the lower order and moving towards his maiden half-century. The hosts have also touched 200-run mark. New Zealand 200/8 (35 overs)

# New Zealand 180/8 (33 overs)

# Lockie Ferguson comes to bat for New Zealand! 

# Wicket! Kuldeep Yadav seems to be on roll today. He takes back-to-back wickets of Henry Nicholls and Ish Sodhi to reduce New Zealand to eight wickets. The Men in Blue are just two wickets away from victory. New Zealand 166/8 (31 overs)

# Doug Bracewell is the new batsman in ! 

# Wicket! Kuldeep strikes again. De Grandhomme top-edged a delivery from Kuldeep towards deep midwicket and Rayudu took a few seconds before balancing himself properly and then grabbing the ball safely, with his shoes being just a few centimeters away from the ropes. New Zealand 146/6 (27 overs)

# Colin de Grandhomme is the new batsman in ! 

# Wicket! Kuldeep Yadav bowls a much faster delivery and Latham tries to change his sweep to a block, but hits on the back leg to depart for 34. The hosts are now down by five wickets, with still 187 runs to chase from 25 overs. New Zealand 138/5 (25 overs)

# New Zealand 123/4 (23 overs)

# 10 runs off the last two overs. New Zealand are looking under pressure after losing four wickets in quick successions. The hosts desperately need to build a partnership if they want to stand any chance for the victory. The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, are looking for some more quick wickets in order to turn the table in completely their favour. New Zealand 113/4 
(20 overs)

# Henry Nicholls comes to bat at No.6 !

# Wicket! Jadhav strikes for India. India appeal for a stumping against Taylor. Umpire goes for a check if Taylor back foot was in the air when wicketkeeper MS Dhoni hit the stumps and the third umpire declares him out. The hosts are in further trouble now.New Zealand 103/4 (18 overs)

# The hosts have reached the 100-run mark. They require another 225 runs from 33 overs remaining, with Latham and Taylor batting at their respective scores of 10 and 22. New Zealand 100/3 (17 overs)

# Tom Latham is the new batsman for New Zealand!

# Wicket! As and when Munro and Taylor were looking comfortable at the crease, Chahal trapped the former leg before wicket. Munro depart for 31 as New Zealand down by three wickets. New Zealand 88/3 (15 overs) 

# Shankar bowls another expensive over. He had earlier conceded 10 runs and now he has given away another seven runs, including a boundary to Taylor. Munro and Taylor are looking to build a partnership after losing two wickets as New Zealand require another 253 runs to win and level the series. New Zealand 72/2 (12 overs)

# New Zealand  63/2 (10 overs)

# Wicket! Mohammed Shami was smashed for two back-to-back sixes and a boundary before he eventually managed to caught Williamson for 20.  The Kiwi skipper was looking on roll today, but Shami delivers a short ball outside off and as Williamson looks to make the cut the ball goes straight to the stump. New Zealand 53/2 (8 overs)

# Kane Williamson is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! After giving away some easy runs to New Zealand, Bhuvneshwar finally managed to draw the first blood for India. Yuzvendra Chahal takes a simple catch at third man as Guptill departs for 15. New Zealand 23/1 (5 overs)

# Bhuvneshwar bowls another expensive over as he concedes nine runs, including two boundaries. Guptill smashes the Indian bowler for two back-to-back fours. He first gets an outside edge but somehow gets lucky and the ball goes straight for the boundary before Guptill follows it up with a lofted shot over the mid-wicket for another four. New Zealand 19/0 (3 overs)

# New Zealand are off to a decent start in their innings, adding 10 runs in the first two overs. Munro got the boundary for the hosts as early as in the last ball of the first over when Bhuvneshwar bowls a delivery just outside off and the Kiwi batsman waited on it before punching nicely to bisect cover and point. The Indian bowlers, on the other hand, are looking for some early wickets. New Zealand 10/0 (2 overs) 

# Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have walked down the crease to begin New Zealand's chase. Bhuvneshwar Kumar begins the proceedings for India. 

# Innings Break!

# India finished their innings at 324/4 (50 overs). Dhoni and Jhadav remained unbeaten at their respective scores of 48 and 22. 

# 13 runs off the last two overs. With just two overs remaining, Dhoni is batting well at the crease and looking for a good support from Jadhav as India looking to cross 300-run mark. India 289/4 (48 overs)

# Kedar Jadhav is the new batsman in ! 

# Wicket! Rayudu fell just three runs short of his 10th ODI half-century as he was dismissed for 47 by Ferguson. The Indian bowler backed a short ball from Ferguson into the leg side and looked to pull it behind square but ended up handing an easy return catch to the bowler. India 276/4 (46 overs)

# India 260/3 (44 overs)

# Boult bowls an expensive 42nd over, conceding a total of 11 runs including two boundaries. Dhoni smashes it hard through the cover to get his first boundary before Rayudu hits one by hammering the ball with full force and guiding it over the mid-off . India 249/3 (42 overs)

# Mahendra Singh Dhoni is the new batsman in ! 

# Wicket! Boult strikes again. Kohli attempted to take on the New Zealand bowler with the short ball, but was beaten for pace and ended up getting a thick top edge to hand a good catch to Sodhi at fine leg. The Indian skipper fell just seven runs short of a half-century. India 238/3 (40 overs)

# India continue to add runs to their scoreboard as they notched up 24 runs in the last three overs, with 14 of those coming in from de Grandhomme's over. Rayudu also managed to pull back his first six of the match when Grandhomme bowled a slower and fuller on middle and leg and the Indian batsman heaved it superbly to clear deep midwicket. India  231/2 (38 overs)

# An expensive over from Bracewell. Kohli first smashed the New Zealand bowler for back-to-back boundaries before grabbing three singles. India have crossed the 200-run mark and will definitely look to post more than 300 runs. India 207/2 (35 overs)

# 10 runs off the over. Kohli (22) and Rayudu (13) are looking settled at the middle and have managed to brought India close to the 200-run mark. New Zealand, on the other hand, are looking to pile pressure  and take a few more wicket in order to avoid the Men in Blue post a big target. India 196/2 (34 overs)

# India 186/2 (32 overs)

# Ambati Rayudu is the new batsman in! 

# Wicket! New Zealand have bagged a big wicket in the form of Rohit Sharma, who misses out on a century and departs for 87. Ferguson delivers a short of a length ball and the Indian opener attempts to drag it into the leg side with a pull but eventually hands a catch to de Grandhomme at deep square. India 173/2 (30 overs)

# Kohli comes to the crease and by scoring his first run off the fifth ball, he has surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin (336 runs) on the list of most runs by an Indian in ODIs against New Zealand. The skipper then smashed Ferguson for two boundaries in the next over. India 166/1 (28 overs)

# Skipper Virat Kohli comes at No.3 for India! 

# Trent Boult has now reached 400 international wickets across all formats.

# Wicket! New Zealand have finally breathed a sigh of relief as they have got the much-needed breakthrough by dismissing Dhawan for 66 runs. Boult bowls a short and wide ball outside off and Dhawan throws his hands at this only to hand a simple catch to Latham.This brings an end to the 154-run stan between the Indian openers. India 154/1 (26 overs)

# India 154/0 (25 overs)

# Runs are flowing in at a fast pace for the Men in Blue as they have added 17 runs, including three boundaries in the last two overs. The hosts are not creating enough chances to take wickets and are only giving away easy runs to India. India 141/0 (23 overs)

# FIFTY! Soon after Rohit Sharma smashed a half-century, Dhawan too brought up his 27th ODI half-century off 53 balls. The Indian batsman reached the milestone by scoring two runs in the fourth ball of de Grandhomme's over. He then hit the New Zealand batsman for back-to-back boundaries. India 124/0 (21 overs)

# SIX! Rohit smashes a bouncer from Ferguson over the top of his head for a six. India are looking in a strong position, while New Zealand are definitely under pressure. India 111/0 (20 overs)

# Rohit brings up his 38th ODI half-century besides also completing a century stand with Dhawan to guide India past 100-run mark. Rohit achieves the feat by hitting a Ferguson delivery deep into the stands at backward square leg. Meanwhile, it is also 14th century stand between Rohit and Dhawan.  India 100/0 (18 overs)

# Dhawan and Sharma continue to stand strong at the crease as the two Indian openers are quickly moving towards their half-centuries. The New Zealand bowlers, on the other hand, are looking under a lot of pressure as none of them has managed to much affect the duo. India 90/0 (16 overs)

# An expensive over from de Grandhomme as he has conceded 11 runs off the over, including two boundaries. Dhawan first smashes the New Zealand bowler for boundary by deflecting the ball over the top of Martin Guptill at deep backward point. He then guided one through the fine leg for another four. India 85/0 (14 overs)

# SIX! India scored their first six of the match when Rohit Sharma pulls a short length delivery from Sodhi over the mid-wicket for a six. Though Lockie tried to catch the ball, he was too far to grab the same. India 74/0 (13 overs)

# India 65/0 (12 overs)

#  Ish Sodhi and de Grandhomme have been introduced into the attack!

# Dhawan and Sharma are looking good at the crease as the duo brings up a half-century stand for the opening wicket to guide India past 50-run mark. The Indian openers achieved the same when Dhawan pulled back a boundary off Ferguson's delivery in the last ball of the ninth over. The visitors have added another five runs in the next over. India 56/0 (10 overs)

# Bracewell proved to be quite expensive for New Zealand in the eighth over as he conceded a total of eight runs, including a boundary by Dhawan. India are quickly moving towards 50-run mark, while the hosts need to break this partnership as soon as possible. India 42/0 (8 overs)

# Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack!

# 10 off the last two overs as runs are flowing in at a good pace for India. Dhawan and Sharma are currently batting at their respective scores of 12 and 17, with New Zealand desperately looking to break their partnership and get the breakthrough. India 31/0 (6 overs)

# FOUR! Rohit Sharma is looking good at the crease as he notched up two boundaries in the last two overs. Boult bowls a full delivery and the Indian opener comes forward on to the front foot and laces the ball past the bowler and mid-off for the second boundary of the day. He then hits a length ball from Bracewell imperiously through cover for another boundary in the fourth over. India 21/0 (4 overs)

# India 16/0 (3 overs)

# Seven runs off the over. Shikhar Dhawan ends the over with a four as he deflects a Bracewell delivery down the leg side for quick runs. India 11/0 (2 overs)

# India made a nervy start to their innings, with Rohit escaping a dismissal as early as on the very first ball. Trent Boult bowls a beatiful full delivery, but the Indian opener gets a thick edge that runs past the wicketkeeper's hands as he dives to catch the ball. Rohit gets a boundary. India 4/0 (1 overs)

# Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma will begin India's innings. Trent Boult to start the proceedings for New Zealand.

# The two sides have walked down the crease for the national anthems. Notably, India is celebrating its 70th Republic Day. 

# India are going with an unchanged squad while New Zealand have made two changes in their Playing XI. Sodhi and de Grandhomme have been called in while Santner and Southee have been dropped.

# Lineups:

India XI: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(capt), MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami

New Zealand XI: Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (capt), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Ish Sodhi,  Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson,Trent Boult

# Virat Kohli wins the toss and opts to bat first against New Zealand!

# Here is a look at the pitch for today's game !

# It is a warm and sunny morning at Bay Oval!

After kick-starting the five-match series on a winning note, India will look to continue their dominance when they head into the second ODI against New Zealand at the the Bay Oval in Tauranga on Saturday.

The Men in Blue had a near- perfect start to their New Zealand tour as they clinched a crushing eight-wicket win in the opening match at McLean Park, which saw return of international game after nearly two years.

The Kane Williamson-led side, who were outclassed by the visitors in all departments in Napier, will look to shrug off their disappointing show and put up a better performance at the Bay Oval.

The Black Caps struggled against the Indian bowlers at McLean Park, with spin duo Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal bagging four and two wickets respectively while Mohammed Shami finishing with a Man of the Match performance for his figures of 3 for 19.

However, the biggest plus point for India during the first ODI was opener Shikhar Dhawan regaining some form with the bat and scoring an unbeaten knock of 75 runs to help the visitors cross the mark in 34.5 overs.

For New Zealand, skipper Kane Williamson was the only batsman to have made significant contribution with his 64- run knock while other struggled to bat at the other end as the hosts set a lowly 157-run score.

The opening ODI in Napier also saw the play getting interrupted for some time not due to rain but because of sun outrage.

Going into the second ODI, India have got another boost as the Committee of Administrators (CoA) has revoked its interim suspensions on Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their sexist remarks during a celebrity talk show and the duo is now all set to join the team in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, it will be for the first time that the Bay Oval ground will host Team India. 

The two squads are as follows: 

India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (captain), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Trent Boult, Henry Nicholls, Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee