Vivid News 24: Indian pacers dominated the second One-Day International against New Zealand on Saturday, dismissing the guests for a dismal 108 runs. Mohammed Shami was the best bowler, taking three wickets for 18 runs. With the new ball, Mohammed Siraj also displayed exceptional skill, claiming one wicket for just 10 runs in six overs.
In bowler-friendly conditions, the two wanted to keep pushing the Kiwi hitters, but Rohit Sharma had to stop them. After observing the kind of support pacers were getting in the middle, Shami and Siraj reportedly wanted to continue their antics, but Rohit intervened and decided to pass the ball to other bowlers.
Rohit acknowledged that he had to step in at the post-match presentation ceremony because Siraj and Shami wouldn’t back down. They (Shami and Siraj) wanted to keep bowling long stints, but I advised them to take care of themselves because a Test series against Australia at home was soon to come. I must intervene to draw the line and inform the boss that there are other bowlers present “he declared.
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The Indian skipper was extremely complimentary of his team’s bowlers for their efforts during the game. “I thought the bowlers improved over the course of the last five games,” he said. They have complied with each request we have made. Do this, particularly in India Outside of India, these performances are expected, but they have real potential.
When we trained here yesterday evening, it moved and had good carry. We wanted that challenge since 250 would have been difficult.” He said the following when discussing the victory and the strategy for the second ODI: “The ball was scurrying around in the lights as we were practicing yesterday.
If they had more than 250, we knew it would have been challenging to pursue them, but that was the whole point. Since we batted first in the previous game, the objective was to challenge ourselves. I’m not sure what I have in mind for Indore (in the final game). That the group exudes a lot of confidence is encouraging.