Indvsnz 2nd Odi: Ms Dhoni: We Lost A Wicket Whenever I Wanted To Hit

After losing Test Series and the first ODI, Kane Williamson Led New Zealand team bounce back in the game and register their first victory by 6 runs in the second ODI to level the 5-match ODI Series 1-1 against India at Feroz Shah Kotla Ground in New Delhi on Thursday.

On Thursday, Indian Skipper MS Dhoni said that whenever he thinking of going faster to the score, a wicket fell from the other end which interrupted the speed of scoring runs during the get-table pursuit.

Dhoni said during the post-match conference, “I wanted to bat up and play a few more strokes. But it’s not an easy thing when you are batting and if people keep losing their wickets at the other end. You wanted to play big shots but if at that point you lose a wicket, you have to again build partnerships. Ultimately you have to chase down what the opposition has scored.”

He stated, “It’s not about one batsman, may be if everyone would have done 10 percent more.” Mahi also explained, “When you are chasing 310, you have a different mindset but if it’s 240-245 on a slightly difficult track, it is different.”

Dhoni said that the Kotla track was best to bat in the afternoon, he said, “What happened was as the game progressed, the wicket got slightly slower. It was best to bat during day time. There was a variable bounce. When you lose one or two wickets, you have to build partnerships and it slows you down.”

Even though India lost the match, but Dhoni is happy that his team achieved whatever. He added, “It was a par score. Had any of the batsmen batted 15 minutes more, we would have won the game. Initially, also, it was slightly difficult to contain. We also dropped two catches of Williamson. Overall, I was happy with 243, something we could have achieved.”
Dhoni said about Hardik Pandya, who was not finishing the game, “In these situations, even the last ball counts. It’s always a good exposure when you are put under the pump. It always teaches you a lot. May be that shot (one he got out) had gone over point, it would have been different. He will learn whether to finish early or keep it till last over as he will either have a batsman or a tail ender with him.”

Indvnz 2nd Odi : New Zealand Register 1st Win Of The Tour In A Thriller

At the halfway, many expected Team India to chase down the 243 run target with ease at Feroz Shah Kotla, the target might have looked small on the board, but with Matt Henry and Trent Boult returning to the side and Tim Southee’s experience Kiwis were not going down without a fight.

Starting the proceedings for India, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane were very careful against Matt Henry, and lightning Boult. As Rohit and Rahane went from watchful to defensive, Boult built up pressure by bowling dot balls, and had Rohit edge one to the keeper, as he drew the first blood.

After Rohit’s dismissal, the scoreboard was 21/1 after 8 overs, and Trent Boult figures read 4-2-5-1. With in form Virat and ever dependable Ajinkya Rahane, Indian spectators would have hoped  for an easy chase, but Blackcaps were on fire, as Mitchell Santner had Virat caught behind, while Tim Southee put on the pressure by bowling dots, leading to a risk taking shot from Ajinkya Rahane in 19th over, as run rate had steeped down under 4, and was caught by Corey Anderson.

The catch caused lot of confusion as replays showed ball might have touched the ground but soft signal was not overturned as Third umpire gave benefit of doubt to the bowling side. Soon, a mix up between Dhoni and Manish Pandey, meant curtains for Pandey and India were suddenly 4 down.

With out of match practice MS Dhoni and inexperienced Kedar Jhadav in the middle and required  run rate almost 6, Kiwis were on top, but a little partnership among Kedar and Dhoni helped India make a slow but effective comeback, both added 66 runs before Kedar was removed by Henry.

Dhoni helped scoreboard further to 172, before Tim had him removed as well with a stunning return catch. With 71 required from 63 balls, pressure was on Hardik Pandya and Akshar Patel, and the inexperience showed as Akshar fell to a poor shot off part-time bowler Guptill. Amit Mishra came in next and played a poor shot to gift Guptill another wicket.

While most of the Indian fans gave up, Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav put on a stunning 49-run stand to revive the hopes, before Pandya lost his nerve to give away his wicket to Trent Boult. India needed 10 runs off the last over, and Umesh managed 3 off the first 2 balls before last man Jasprit Bumrah got yorked by Southee, giving Blackcaps their first win of the tour.