India’s new pace bowling arsenal, had a wonderful outing in the second One Day International at Eden Park in Auckland albeit in a losing cause. The speedster from Haryana, tried his best to save India from a humiliating loss with the series also on line.
New Zealand posted a solid total of 274 on a seemingly flat pitch asRoss Taylor continued his nice form in the series. He notched up a mighty valuable 73 off just 74 balls to help New Zealand reach a strong total. The star of the match was debutant fast bowler Kyle Jamieson, who was star with both bat and ball putting up an all-round performance that was too hot to handle for India.
In chase, India never looked in its elements right from the start of their innings and only Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saini could put up a little fight albeit in a losing cause. Navdeep Saini along with Ravindra Jadeja joined the forces when India were precariously placed at 153-7 chasing a strong total of 274. Jadeja and Saini put up a stubborn partnership of 76 runs to take India close to the target keeping required run rate also in check.
Navdeep Saini started slowly taking singles at the start and giving strike to Jadeja. But with the time, Saini grew in confidence and took the pressure off from Jadeja as he started smacking the Kiwi bowling. But he could not succeed in finishing the match and India went on to lose the match by 23 runs also losing three match series.
Speaking after the post-match conference, Navdeep Saini lamenting the loss said, “I will regret when I go back and see the video. If I hadn’t got out, maybe the result could have been different. Will regret that I took it so close and maybe could have gotten closer.”
However, just before the start of the press conference, Saini faced an awkward moment when the announcer requested the journalists to question only in Hindi to the Indian pacer. An in a hilarious punt, Saini funnily give them the ease of asking in Punjabi also. Saini followed the announcer saying, “And in Punjabi as well”.
Here below is the video:
Language is no barrier for India's Navdeep Saini #NZvIND
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The third and final match of the series will be played on 11 February at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui as team India will look to save their pride and avoid a whitewash.