Blackcaps second best by a distance at Bay Oval
The Blackcaps have been outclassed by India for the second straight One Day International, going down by 90 runs in front of a packed house at the Bay Oval tonight.
As in the first match of the series in Napier, the top order batting for the home side failed to get the job done as they chased the target of 325 set by India who made the unsurprising decision in perfect batting conditions to bat first after winning the toss.
All the Blackcaps' top six got starts but failed to go on to build a substantial score, with Tom Latham the best performing of them reaching 34.
Indian supporters made up a huge proportion of the 9100 sellout crowd
Local hero Kane Williamson was responsible for the loudest cheer of the night – unfortunately for Blackcaps fans though it was for his dismissal from the huge proportion of Indian supporters in the sell-out crowd of 9100.
His 20 came off 11 balls, and included 2 sixes, and he may have been referring to himself afterwards when he suggested some of his team were guilty of attempting to force the pace unnecessarily.
“Perhaps if we look at some of our dismissals that might have been going a little bit hard when in fact we were in control of the run rate in terms of the chase, with this outfield and the boundaries here, if we'd had wickets in hand you never know.”
“Those are some of the important lessons that I think we need to take into the next one.”
India's legendary wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni admires a drive through the covers by Doug Bracewell
Just a classy 57 from Tauranga-born Doug Bracewell late in the evening when the game had gone gave the Blackcaps some respectability, as they fell for 234 in the 41st over.
So India, who have a quality opening partnership of 154 between Rohit Sharma (87) and Shikhar Dhawan (66) to thank for laying the foundations of their winning total of 324/4, take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
With half their 50 overs gone a total of 350-plus looked on for the Indians, but composed bowling from Ish Sodhi, Bracewell and Trent Boult put the brakes on to some extent and left their side chasing a more realistic target.
Colin de Grandhomme tries to go big over cow corner...
...but can't get the distance and watches on as Ambati Rayudu holds on to the catch on the boundary
It was one Williamson believed to be within reach of his side.
“We showed glimpses in the chase, we just never put it together long enough.
“It's two games in a row we haven't had control at any stage, which is the part that's most frustrating, but it's important we look to make small steps forward and not get carried away with the results.”
The two sides meet again in the third ODI at the Bay Oval on Monday, with another 3pm start.