India bounce back to level series with six wicket win
India 232-4 (Dhawan 68) beat
New Zealand 230-9 (Bhuvneshwar 3-45) by six wickets
Second One-Day International in Pune
After Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah shared five wickets between them to restrict New Zealand to 230 for nine, fifties from Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik helped India chase down the target in 46 overs with six wickets in hand in the second One-Day International in Pune to level the series 1-1.
New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first after remaining unchanged while India opted to replace Kuldeep Yadav with Axar Patel.
Martin Guptill (11) started the innings positively with a couple of boundaries in the second over but was caught behind in the over bowled by Bhuvneshwar (3-45). The Indian new ball bowlers applied complete pressure on the New Zealand batsmen as Jasprit Bumrah (2-38) had Kane Williamson (3) LBW. The New Zealand captain went for a review but it remained on the umpire's call.
With Bhuvneshwar also castling Colin Munro (10), New Zealand ended the first powerplay with a score of 35 for three.
Even though the heroes of the previous game Tom Latham (38) and Ross Taylor (21) showed some resilience, Hariidk Pandya (1-23) provided the breakthrough when Taylor edged a Hardik Pandya (1-23) delivery behind.
With spinners in operation, things slowed down considerably before Colin de Grandhomme (41), Mitchell Santner (29) and Tim Southee (25 not out) all played useful knocks to take New Zealand to 230 for nine in the 50 overs.
Despite a positive start from Dhawan (68), who scored three boundaries in the first four overs. India lost Rohit Sharma (7) once again. This time Southee (1-60) was the bowler.
Dhawan and Virat Kohli (29) shared 57 runs for the second wicket that came at a brisk rate as well to lay a solid platform and just when the Indian captain looked set for another big score he was caught behind off de Grandhomme (1-40) in the 14th over.
Meanwhile Dhawan who used a review to overturn a LBW decision completed a 63 ball fifty and had Karthik (60 not out) at the other end. At the halfway mark, India were positioned 126 for two, needing just 105 more to win the game.
Dhawan signalled his intention with a six in the 26th over but perished soon after handing a simple catch to Taylor off Adam Mile (1-21). The promotion of Pandya (30) to number five meant the runs continued to come at brisk pace.
Even though Pandya fell in an attempt of a sweep shot off Santner (1-38), Karthik, who went past his fifty along with MS Dhoni (18 not out) ensured India completed the chase in 46 overs with six wickets in hand. The series is level at 1-1 with the final game to be played on Sunday.
Bhuvneshwar was named the man of the match for his splendid bowling.
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