For New Zealand the Sunday was just another hard day at the office, after the Friday mauling New Zealand were handed another defeat by the Indians.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson chose to bat first on a progressively slowing surface with an idea of the putting a strong total. The decision seemed to be a good one till the first power-play of NZ innings as the duo of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro made a steady start targeting the weakest link of the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammad Shami and Shardul Thakur.
This time Shardul Thakur was handed the first over of the innings by Indian captain Kohli but it proved to be a costly one as Guptill hit two consecutive sixes off him. After that over Virat Kohli called in Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami to take a little control over the scoring rate. New Zealand were steady till the final over of the power play but as soon as Thakur returned to bowl the sixth over Guptill decided to have a go at him again and in the process lose his wicket.
After that it was all Indian bowlers as Shivam Dube along with Chahal and Jadeja put a led on the run rate in the middle overs along with picking the wickets at regular intervals. New Zealand never got a going after that and ended up with a below par total of 132 on the board. Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja were again phenomenal in the death and middle overs reapectively.
In the response, Rohit and Kohli were dismissed by the senior pro Tim Southee. In the middle were again KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer thrown at the deep ends to take them home on a sluggish surface. But the duo showed great maturity between them, with the no score board pressure both of them stitched a steady partnership before unleashing themselves at the end of the chase.
In the press conference after the match, Martin Guptil praised the Indian bowlers for executing their plans to perfection. “Bumrah is one of the best death bowlers. He has a great slower ball and bouncer. It is hard to get him away. Hopefully, he can have three bad games. It was a different wicket to what we played on in the first match. It slowed down a bit, was suiting the spinners more. When I was there with Munro, it was coming on to the bat. We lost momentum after my dismissal, we had to rebuild from there,” Guptil told the reporters.
Guptill also talked about the sluggishness of the surface while talking about his and Munro’s role. “170 would have been a good score on this wicket, India bowled very well tonight. We had a lot of dot balls. Colin and my role is to be aggressive, one of us needed to stay out there till the 15th over, but that didn’t happen,” said Guptill.