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Cricket news - New Zealand fight to keep India to 324

Rohit notched up a fine fifty but will be disappointed he missed out on a hundred

Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan hit half-centuries to help India post 324 for 4 in the second ODI in Mount Maunganui on Saturday (26. January). The platform was set after the opener scored 154 but both batsman, a good opportunity missed to kick and bag centuries.

On a route with nothing for the launcher, and a box player, a Billiards table, shame, Virat Kohli decided to bat in the hope that the art of posting practice. The opener has built her work and India, a solid platform, but not as a cash the late thrust came a little late and held the side to a par total.

Both Rohit and Dhawan had a few close shaves in the early innings where the inside edge flew past the stumps - but the team has a solid start. The knowledge of the bowlers need to be running the cushion of the extra, both openers took risks relatively early and the move paid off. The New Zealand bowlers on were constantly put under pressure, with regular limits such as the 50-run stand was raised in the ninth.

They only laid on it, and from there to India cantered business last 100 the reached over 18 with Rohit his half-century from 62 deliveries. To turn, have run out of options, Kane Williamson was forced, Trent Boult relatively early that he would have liked. S second spell Boult ', however, immediately produced a breakthrough. Dhawan, chasing a wide, was caught behind, as he with the thick edges a short delivery time. Kohli is still relatively easy, but the wicket sucked the dynamics of Rohit of the innings. He saw scratchy soon after the loss of his partner, and finally fell to Lockie Ferguson lobbing a simple lock to square leg, trying to pull a short one.

At 172 for 2, new Zealand were immediately in the process, and had successfully managed to slow things down a touch. Kohli and Ambati Rayudu worked together to score a half-century stand, before India captain fell to Boult short delivery times. Rayudu inability to impulses meant India were not able to take full advantage of the platform to the 30-over mark, where they were 173 for 2. Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav, however, some recovery in the last two rounds as they picked up 35 runs.

Brief scores: India 324/4 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 87, Shikhar Dhawan 66; Trent Boult 2-61) vs New Zealand.

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