New Zealand will look to bounce back in the second one day international against India this Thursday.
New Zealand crumbled beneath Indian dominance in the first ODI at Dharamsala as the pressure builds on Mike Hesson and his charges.
The two sides now set their sights on beautiful Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi for the second of five one day internationals. Will the hosts continue to dominate or can the Black Caps turn things around in India’s most populous city? Let’s take a look:
India vs New Zealand | Thursday 20 October | Feroz Shah Kotla, New Delhi | 09:30
To Win Match
India 42/100 | Tie 35/1 | New Zealand 39/20
Much fuss was made over the decision to give Hardik Pandya the new ball in front of the Jasprit Bumrah in the first ODI in Dharamsala. The decision was vindicated, however, as the ODI debutant ripped through New Zealand’s top and middle order with some assistance from the more experienced Umesh Yadav.
The decision to leave Ravichandran Ashwin out of the first three ODIs also looks as though it will pay off. Axar Patel and Amit Mishra held their own against a strong New Zealand batting line-up with the latter claiming figures of 3-49 in 8.5 overs – he also became the fastest Indian spinner to reach 50 wickets in ODI's.
Jasprit Bumrah continues to see his stock rise. Although he never got among the wickets, the Ahmedabad seamer controlled things well in the middle overs, conceding just 29 runs in his eight overs. The pressure built up at his end and it proved invaluable as the India’s other bowlers cashed in with wickets at the other.
The hosts’ batting was solid enough with Virat Kohli once again anchoring the innings. That said, they were never really put under any real scoreboard pressure and were able to knock the target of 192 off with minimal fuss.
Looking ahead to the next ODI in Delhi, I expect to see more of the same. India haven’t lost an ODI at the Feroz Shah Kotla since 2005 when they were beaten by Pakistan. Since then, they’ve gone on to win six on the trot with two no results. That trend looks set to continue come this Thursday.
Where to next for the beleaguered Black Caps? They were comprehensively rolled in the Test series – as much was to be expected. However, their spectacular capitulation in the first ODI was something that nobody saw coming.
The failure of the top order to put in any performances of substance set the tone for what was to come. Only Tom Latham put up any sort of resistance as he became only the ninth ODI batsman to carry his bat through an innings.
I have to say that I really expected more from Martin Guptill in the first ODI. It’s no secret that he isn’t suited to the longest format of the game, as much was evident during the Test segment of this series. With that said though, he’s proven time and again how dangerous he can be in the shorter formats. He attacks from the word go when it may be more prudent to see off the early swing.
His dismissal in the second over of the first ODI was evidence of this. A thick edge off the second ball went to the third man boundary before the very next delivery deflected off the bottom edge as he half-played and half-left. The next ball just beat the edge before the fifth was slapped to the point boundary. He would lose his wicket in the last delivery of the over, prodding at a length ball that should have been left alone – a simple enough catch was gobbled up at second slip by Rohit Sharma to spark the start of the collapse.
I think he just needs to settle at the crease. 50 overs is a long time to bat and you really don’t need to be going after bowlers so early on, especially when conditions are assisting the fielding team. He’s a vastly experienced player and the defeat would have hurt him, expect a much better performance at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor had off days at the office and should come back stronger in Delhi. There really wasn’t much to write home about in terms of their bowling either, with only Mitchell Santner able to keep his economy rate below 5.5. Ish Sodhi was smacked all over the place while Southee and Jimmy Neesham were okay without having too much of an impact of the game.
We can’t really lay the blame at the door of the bowlers, though. They simply weren’t given enough to defend by their top and middle order. I’m not sure Mike Hesson will make any changes just yet. He’ll know full well that one poor performance can have very little bearing on a five-match series. If his charges can fire in the Indian capital on Thursday, they have every chance of winning this game.
Verdict: India 42/100
You simply can’t bet against India – not yet at least. New Zealand never showed any quality in the first match to suggest why they’ve become one of the planet’s most feared ODI sides. India on the other hand, were ruthless in the shadow of the Himalayas – expect more of the same in Delhi.
Value Bet: Ajinkya Rahane to top score for India at 7/2
Rahane has been in good touch throughout this series and was unlucky not to kick on in the first ODI as he was caught behind off the bowling of Jimmy Neesham. His record at the ground isn’t great, but he has more than enough quality to put that right with a big innings at the top of the order.
Written by Jason Dewey for @Hollywoodbets.