India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI: Known for astute cricketing brain and sharp skills, MS Dhoni is still an irreplaceable asset for Team India as far as limited-overs format is concerned. Dhoni’s wealth of experience and his ability to read the game is something the men in blue desperately look forward to have in the much-awaited quadrennial showpiece event – Cricket World Cup 2019. During the second ODI between India and New Zealand, the former India captain once again provided an insight of his deep cricketing knowledge as he instructed part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav to bowl a particular line to Kiwi’s frontline batsman – Tom Latham.
The 37-year old urged Jadhav to hold one end up and bowl a particular line to Latham, who was looking dangerous and well set at the crease. The conversation was caught in the stump microphone which recorded Dhoni saying, “Bhai Esa Dalega to Rakh Le Tu’.
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Spinner Kuldeep Yadav spun a web around the Kiwi batsmen to help India register a convincing 90-run victory over New Zealand in the second ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday. Kuldeep (4/45) ripped off the Kiwi middle-order after the New Zealand top-order was dismantled by pacemen Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/42) and Mohammed Shami (1/43). Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal (2/52) added to the pressure with two wickets and part-timer Kedar Jadhav chipped in with 1/35.
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Opener Rohit Sharma top-scored with 87 off 96 balls and stitched a 154-run partnership with Shikhar Dhawan (66) after opting to bat.
Skipper Virat Kohli (43) and middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu (47) missed out on their 49th ODI and 10th ODI fifties respectively. Meanwhile, former skipper MS Dhoni hammered an unbeaten 48 off 33 balls and Kedar Jadhav played an unbeaten cameo of 22 off 10 deliveries to post a strong total of 324 for the loss of four wickets.
Later, speaking at the post-match conference Kedar said that there is a “healthy competition” in the Indian team for the all-rounder’s slot which is up for grabs going into the 2019 World Cup in England.