Mohammed Siraj (Image Credits: AP)
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credits: AP)

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra criticized the New Zealand batters for their disappointing performances in the second One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday, January 21. The Men in Blue won the second match by eight wickets to clinch the three-match series.

After being asked to bat first, the Kiwis lost five wickets for just 15 runs, their lowest total at the fall of the fifth wicket. However, their lower-order batsmen put up a fight and helped the Black Caps reach 108 runs. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill played solid knocks to help chase down the below-par target with about 30 overs remaining.

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Is It A Cricket Match Or A Football Score? – Aakash Chopra

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra blamed the visitors for their poor batting performance and said the scorecard looked more like a football match than a cricket match.

“It was the first international match on the Raipur ground. I had great hopes that it would be an amazing match because obviously, it has got another charm. But what is this – 108 runs, what are you doing?” Aakash Chopra said.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credits: Twitter)

“The start was extremely ordinary. Finn Allen was dismissed off the fifth ball of the first over and then they became 9-3. We were saying – Is it a cricket match or a football score? The difference was that whoever has nine against their name is winning there, here the scale was tilted towards those who had three against their name,” he added.

Mohammed Shami set the tone for the match with the new ball after dismissing Finn Allen for a zero in the first over of the innings. Mohammed Siraj took the wicket of Henry Nicholls before Shami took a brilliant reflex catch to dismiss Daryl Mitchell, reducing the Kiwis to 9-3 after 6.1 overs. Shami, who took three wickets for 18 runs in six overs, was adjudged the man of the match for his brilliant bowling.

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