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Cricket news - New Zealand's spin struggle continues as India pick up 2-0 lead

New Zealand lost as many as seven wickets to spin

New Zealand's problems against India's spinners, as they slipped to a 90-run defeat conceded a 0-2 lead after India after the second ODI in Mount Maunganui on Saturday (26. January). Set 325, the spinners accounted for seven wickets, with Kuldeep Yadav picking four, as the hosts folded for 234.

Lack of partnerships from the beginning, injured, new Zealand, as they came back with a sub-par performance. Once a par total, new Zealand needed a brisk start, but both Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled tight lines and didn't allow the new Zealand opener, get cracking. Martin Guptill has been dropped, once, survived a run-out probability, saw an outside edge falling short of the first slip, before he ramped a short delivery straight to third man off Bhuvneshwar in the fifth over.

Kane Williamson, he immediately got but with Colin Munro struggling to have any kind of rhythm, the former was forced to go hard sooner than he wanted. Williamson's innings was aggressive, the kind of knock that takes the game away from the opposition in real quick time. Unfortunately for new Zealand, he did not last long. In the eighth over, he 6, 6, 4, 2, and then was chopped to give wide of Shami India the boost. New Zealand had lost cantered business the last 50 but that was their main weapon.

By the time the spinners came in and applied the choke, new Zealand, were already playing catch-up. Yuzvendra Chahal caught Munro, Kedar Jadhav had Ross Taylor stumped, while Kuldeep Yadav Tom Latham lbw. With their middle-order, knocked even before the 25-over mark Henry Nicholls and the lower-order left too much to do.

Nicholls liked want to gain some quick runs, while Colin de Grand Homme is a slog was caught at the border. Doug Bracewell scored his first ODI half-century and the team took the last 200, but had the match slipping away from the hosts when they lost their middle-order early.

Earlier, in India overall, the can-opener. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan you read the terms and conditions quickly, was difficult to put out early to new Zealand under pressure, and a 154-run stand set line-up. Both openers, however, had shaved after their fair share of close early but still fast. The first five overs yielded 27 and the tone was set. India moved up to 100 in 18 more as the Rohit picked up his half-century. Dhawan also ends the true but both batsman missed the opportunity to kick on and bag centuries.

New Zealand has made a comeback, after accounting for both openers in quick succession, but Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu worked for half a century to take a stand, the team to the front. Once Kohli was 43, MS Dhoni and Rayudu dismissed fought to give the recordings of the late kick-off. Rayudu of the innings and effort again came under the control of Dhoni glossed over his innings with some late fireworks.

Rayudu was 29 from 24 at one stage and was able to manage just 18-the next 25 balls. Between the overs 40-45, India, only 29 scored 173 for 2 in the 30-over mark. This period was where new Zealand pulled things back, when India were eyeing a total North of 350. Once Rayudu was dismissed Jadhav, the innings finished with 22 and 10. India picked up 35 runs to push in the last two overs, a total of over 320 but the Spinner ensured new Zealand never came close to really.

Brief scores: India 324/4 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 87; Trent Boult 2-61) beat new Zealand 234 40.2 overs (Doug Bracewell 57; Kuldeep Yadav 4-45) by 90 leads.

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