Team India haven't lost an ODI bilateral series against New Zealand since January 2014 and but will have their task cut out as they look to bounce back against the hosts in the second match at Eden Park.
Ross Taylor played a crucial knock for the Kiwis while their bowling attack kept Indian batsmen on leash. Navdeep Saini and Ravindra Jadeja raised hopes for India but fell short of the target
New Zealand cricket team exorcised the ghost of a nightmarish T20 whitewash with a series-clinching 22-run victory against India cricket team in the second One Day International at the Eden Park, Auckland on Saturday with the visitors paying price for some poor shot selection. Revenge, as they say, is a dish best served cold and on a chilly Auckland night, New Zealand defended a total of 273 by restricting India to 251 in 48.3 overs taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
The victory also completed a hat-trick of ODI wins for the Black Caps starting from their World Cup semi-final win in Manchester last year. The win was more creditable as regular skipper Kane Williamson along with top bowlers Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson were unavailable. New Zealand's 6-foot 8-inch debutant Kyle Jamieson (2/42 and 25 off 24 balls) got the 'Player of the Match' award for his all-round show.
Ravindra Jadeja (55 off 73 balls) along with Navdeep Saini (45 off 49 balls) raised visions of pulling off an improbable win with a 76-run partnership which ended in vain. Tim Southee despite running temperature (2/41 in 10 overs) was brilliant with the new ball as his incutter got rid of Virat Kohli but it was poor shot selection from a set Shreyas Iyer (52) and Kedar Jadhav (9) in the middle overs did cost India dearly after the inexperienced pair of Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw had a second successive poor day.