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An all-round Indian National Cricket Team kept up the pressure on New Zealand with both bat and ball as they eased to a 2-0 lead at the Bay Oval in five-match one-day international series.

Meanwhile, the bowlers once again did a wonderful job to keep the New Zealand batters at bay.  Kuldeep Yadav returned with four wickets while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal bagged two each to bowl out the Kiwis for 234 after Doug Bracewell scored a quickfire 57 runs.

Previously, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan added 154 runs for the first wicket to set the tone. The Black Caps then led a fightback picking consecutive wickets before MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav added 35 runs in the last two overs to propel India to 324 runs.

Here are the statistical highlights for the second ODI between Indian National Cricket team and New Zealand at the Bay Oval:

  • This is the first time when an Indian team have won an ODI game on Republic Day. 

  • Virat Kohli becomes the first Indian captain to win his first two ODIs in New Zealand.

  • Trent Boult becomes 5th New Zealand bowler to pick 400 wickets in International Cricket.

  • 90 runs – biggest winning margin (by runs) for India in ODIs in New Zealand. Previous biggest was by 84 runs [DL] at Hamilton in 2009.

  • Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan now stand third in the list of century partnership by an Indian pair with 13 tons. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly top the list with 26 while Rohit and Kohli is in the second with 14.

  • Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma (2) now jointly tops the most century stand by an Indian in New Zealand alongside MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina.

  • Rohit Sharma 87 now has the highest ODI score by an India in Republic Day. Sunil Gavaskar held this record when he scored 77 in 1986 Republic Day.

  • The Bay Oval ODI marked saw MS Dhoni don the One-Day jersey for the 334th time, behind Sachin Tendulkar (463) and Dravid (340). The total number of ODIs played by MSD for India, however, is 337, with three coming for Asia XI.

  • This is Indian National Cricket team’s second-highest total in New Zealand. The highest total was 393 for four at Christchurch in 2009.

  • Kuldeep Yadav now has five four-wicket hauls in ODIs. He is now in the fifth place among Indian with the most four-wicket hauls.

  • Rohit Sharma (16), now jointly tops the chart the most number of six among Indians against New Zealand alongside Virender Sehwag. MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina sit jointly on the second spot with 13 sixes while Sachin Tendulkar finds himself on the second with 12 over boundaries.

  • Doug Bracewell scores his first List A century and his fifth overall. In addition to, he also brought up his 1000 runs in List A cricket.

  • Kuldeep Yadav currently has two four-wicket hauls in New Zealand. He sits top on the list of Indian with most four-wicket haul alongside Anil Kumble and Javagal Srinath.

Ankush Das

I am an accountant by qualification, my parents thought their obedient son would study further to become a CA, but I had other things in mind. An ardent Cricket fan is following his passion and making a living watching and working around his favorite sport.