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India vs Australia second ODI: Dhawan, Kohli and Rahul drive ‘Men in Blue’to 340/6

Currently in form, Dhawan continued from where he left in the first ODI scoring a 90-ball-96 while Kohli, batting at his usual number three position, kept the middle-order intact with a well-made 78 off 76 balls.

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Shikhar Dhawan led India’s charge in the second ODI against Australia at Rajkot. He missed out on a well-deserved ton but not before he laid out a solid platform for skipper Virat Kohli and KL Rahul to take India to a commanding total.

Currently in form, Dhawan continued from where he left in the first ODI scoring a 90-ball-96 while Kohli, batting at his usual number three position, kept the middle-order intact with a well-made 78 off 76 balls.

KL Rahul (80 off 52 balls) provided the final flourish and put on 58 runs in 39 ball for the sixth wicket with Ravindra Jadeja.

Shreyas Iyer (7) and Manish Pandey (2) failed to make a mark but a solid performance from other batsmen meant India went past the 300-run mark easily.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa was the pick of Australian bowlers, claiming 3/50 in his 10 overs. He got the wicket of Kohli for the second time in the series and fifth time in his career.

Paceman Pat Cummins impressed with his economy giving away 53 runs in 10 overs but could not get a breathrough. Kane Richardson got two wickets but went for 73 runs in his quota of 10 overs as Indian batsmen looked to avenge the loss in the first ODI.

Brief Scores: India (Shikhar Dhawan 96, KL Rahul 80, Virat Kohli 78, Adam Zampa 3/50)

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NZ vs IND ODI: Rain plays the biggest spoilsport for India, Hamilton match abandoned

In the first ODI against New Zealand, Team India looked driven and inspired as the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian cricket team put up a throbbing target of 306 with the help of skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Shubham Gill’s stellar performance.

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The Indian Cricket team who were set to play their second ODI against New Zealand at the Hamilton Stadium in New Zealand were discouraged by the rain yet again as the second match of the ODI was abandoned due to rain. Indian cricket team, who were in hopes to make a comeback into the series after their first ODI loss despite performing well, had gotten the chance to redeem themselves.

Owing to the weather conditions, the match officials decided to reduce the overs to 29-over-per-side and India had gotten the chance to set the tone and bat first, however, the match only could see 12.5 overs of the 29 where Shubham Gill and Suryakumar Yadav were looking high as the duo together were able to stir up a partnership. Shubham Gill was able to bat for 42 runs off of 45 balls whereas Suryakumar Yadav was slowly catching on as he had scored 34 off of 25 balls.

Despite the encouraging spell by the Indian cricket team, Rain played the biggest spoilsport as the match was abandoned due to rain.

The rain not only became spoiled the match for the fans but also washed away the ambitions of young players who had planned to earn their seats in the senior team after the recent T20 World Cup loss against England. The Indian selection committee was recently sacked by BCCI after the questions raised by the type of players Team India selected for the T20 World Cup campaign.

First ODI Match

In the first ODI against New Zealand, Team India looked driven and inspired as the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian cricket team put up a throbbing target of 306 with the help of skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Shubham Gill’s stellar performance. However, Tom Latham’s stellar performance complimented with Skipper Kane Williamson helped New Zealand chase the big number put on the score board.

New Zealand was able to win the match by scoring 309 runs as Tom Latham and Kane Williamson continued their partnership till victory.

Third ODI Match

India will now face New Zealand in Christchurch for the third match in the bilateral series on November 30. Shikhar Dhawan and Company will be aiming to secure a win against New Zealand in order to draw the series and not loss the series. The match will only be streamed live Amazon Prime Videos.

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IND vs NZ 2nd ODI: Weather update, venue, possible playing XI | Know here

The Indian team has not won any ODI match on Seddon Park in Hamilton ground for the last 13 years.

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IND vs NZ 2nd ODI: Weather update, venue, possible playing XI | Know here

The second match of the 3-match ODI series between India and New Zealand will be played in Hamilton on Sunday. It is a do or die match for the Indian team who lost the first match. A loss in this match would mean losing the series.

Seddon Park in Hamilton has never been easy for the team India. The Indian team has not won any ODI match on this venue for the last 13 years. Let us take a look at weather condition, pitch report and possible playing XI of both the teams.

Chances of rain during the match

The match is scheduled to start at 7 am Indian time and 2:30 pm, according to Hamilton time zone.  The weather predictions say that the chances of rainfall in Hamilton on Sunday ranges from 40 per cent ot 68 per cent. There is more than 60 per cent chances of rainfall in afternoon 2 to 3, evening 5 to 6 and from 7 pm to 8 pm. Indicating that the match can get disturbed by rainfall.

Team batting later will have upper hand

The team batting later has more advantage at Seddon Park in Hamilton. So far, thirty-seven One Day Internationals have been played here. Of these, the team batting first in 13 and the team batting later in 22 have  have won. Two matches have remained inconclusive.

The average score in the first innings of an ODI match in Hamilton is 245 runs. The team batting first has scored more than 300 runs at least five times. Meanwhile, a score of 270 to 300 runs has been scored at least eight times. The target of more than 300 runs has been chased twice on this pitch.

In 2007, New Zealand won a match by scoring 350 runs in the second innings against Australia. The Kiwi team won against India in 2020 by scoring 348 runs in the second innings.

Probable playing-11 of both teams

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh and Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal.

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Rohit Sharma should quit IPL in order to win World Cup, says his childhood coach Dinesh Lad

Keeping the ODI World Cup 2023 in mind, Sharma’s childhood coach Dinesh Lada has advised Rohit not to play IPL.

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Rohit Sharma should quit IPL in order to win World Cup, says his childhood coach Dinesh Lad

Team India captain Rohit Sharma, who is currently rested for the India vs New Zealand ODI and T20 series is under lot of scrutiny after the episode loss at the T20 World Cup 2022. Since then his captaincy has also been questioned by many veterans. Amidst all this, another shocking statement has come to the fore on Rohit Sharma.

Keeping the ODI World Cup 2023 in mind, Sharma’s childhood coach Dinesh Lada has advised Rohit not to play IPL. He believes that if the Indian team has to win the ODI World Cup 2023, then Rohit will have to distance himself from the Indian Premiere League and focus on the bilateral and ICC tournament.

For the unversed, Team India was out of the T20 World Cup 2022 after losing the semi-final match against England. Dinesh Lad said that Team India has not been stable in the last 7-8 months. And if they are preparing for the World Cup, then the team has to be united.

Lad further added that in the last seven months, anyone is coming to open, then someone is coming to bowl, hence, the team does not look stable at all. “I don’t think workload management is the reason. Everyone around the world is playing cricket. If this is the case then don’t play in IPL if you want to win the World Cup,” said Dinesh Lad.

Rohit Sharma’s childhood coach believes that if a cricketer plays for India or for the state then only his name is considered for IPL and then their game only helps in the salary cap in IPL.

On the sport front, Rohit Sharma has not had a good run in the T20 World Cup 2022. The Indian skipper scored only 116 runs in 6 innings. He scored only 1 half-century during this period at an average of 19.33. Since then Rohit Sharma’s captaincy is also under question.


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