New Zealand stand-in captain Tom Latham is targeting a clean sweep of India after clinching the ongoing three-match ODI series with a game to play on Saturday. In an all-round performance, New Zealand held their nerves while successfully defending 273 at the Eden Park in Auckland to win the second ODI and thus take an unassailable 2-0 lead. Also Read - Sanjay Manjrekar Reveals an Old Incident When Greg Chappell Gave a Piece of His Mind to VVS Laxman
“It’s a great victory,” Latham said at the post-match presentation. “The last game, batters won the game and today the bowlers did the job for us.” Also Read - New Zealand Given Ross Taylor Injury Scare Ahead of England Series
Having made a strong start, New Zealand innings suffered a collapse before rebounding. The opening pair added 93 runs before Indian bowlers, led by Yuzvendra Chahal, reduced them to 197/8. However, Ross Taylor (73 not out) and debutant Kyle Jamieson (25 not out) dragged them to a competitive total. Also Read - IPL 2021: Mohammed Siraj And Harshal Patel Have Got Outstanding Skill Sets - Kyle Jamieson
Taylor and Jamieson added 76 runs for the ninth wicket which eventually made the difference.
“It’s always a funny wicket, if you pick up early scalps, you are always in the game. That partnership for us towards the back-end was a vital one,” Latham said.
India had been reduced to 129/6 in their chase before the lower-order brought them back into the contest. Shreyas Iyer scored a half-century before Ravindra Jadeja (55) and Navdeep Saini (45) took them closer.
However, they were bowled out for 251 in 48.3 overs with Jadeja the last man to be dismissed. Latham said he hadn’t taken the victory for granted till the last Indian wicket fell. “I was never satisfied till the last wicket was taken. It was about juggling the bowlers around. They kept coming back and Kyle on debut was fantastic today. It will be great to win 3-0, fingers crossed,” he said.
The third and final ODI will be played on February 11.