Blackcaps vs India: NZ go down 2-0 after dismal display in Tauranga

The Blackcaps have been embarrassed by India at Bay Oval, losing the second ODI by 90 runs.

Batting first, India got off to the perfect start, with openers Rohit Sharma (87) and Shikhar Dhawan (66) putting on a 154-run partnership that set the tone for the innings.

Trent Boult got the breakthrough for New Zealand in the 26th over, claiming Dhawan caught behind.

Captain Virat Kohli showed a glimpse of why he was the best batsmen in the world, before being dismissed for 43.

Ambati Rayudu (47) and MS Dhoni (48 no) chipped in with well-crafted innings to help India set 324/4.

In reply, the Blackcaps were woeful, with five of the top six batters getting starts, but nobody capitalising on a decent Mt Maunganui pitch.

Martin Guptil (15) was the first to fall, caught on the boundary, off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Captain Kane Williamson (20) was the next to go, chopping one onto the stumps, off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

Colin Munro (31) and Ross Taylor (22) fell just three overs apart, which left Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls trying to resurrect the innings, that fell flat when Latham (34) missed a straight one and was given out LBW.

Nicholls (28) was dismissed trying to up the run rate, after Colin de Grandhomme (3) gave his wicket away, trying to hit over the boundary.

The one shining light of the match came at number eight, with Doug Bracewell (57) smacking his maiden ODI fifty, hitting some glorious shots all around Bay Oval, before he was caught in the deep off Kumar.

The Blackcaps will need to find an answer for India's spinners, who have claimed 14 wickets already this series.

The hosts' bowling attack has its own issues to address, taking only six wickets in two games.


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