Former Pakistan quick bowler Shoaib Akhtar slammed the Indian bowling line-up after the Virat Kohli-led facet misplaced the 2nd ODI to New Zealand by 22 runs to concede the three-match sequence 2-Zero with the ultimate match nonetheless to be performed. After blanking New Zealand 5-0 in the T20Is, India misplaced again-to-again ODIs in Hamilton and Auckland because the hosts New Zealand made a roaring comeback to take the ODI sequence.
In the second ODI at Auckland, New Zealand put up 273 for eight driving on half-centuries from Martin Guptill (79) and Ross Taylor (73*) after India captain Virat Kohli opted to bowl first. It was a seesaw battle, New Zealand bought off to a superb begin and had been at one stage 142 for 1 when India made a comeback via their spinners and fielding. In a dramatic collapse, New Zealand misplaced 6 wickets – 2 of them run outs – for 45 runs and had been decreased to 187 for 7. Southee too was dismissed quickly after and New Zealand had been 197 for eight when Ross Taylor and debutant Kyle Jamieson put collectively an unbroken 76-run stand for the ninth wicket.
Taylor remained unbeaten 73 off 74 balls whereas Jamieson scored 25* off 24.
Shoaib Akhtar blamed the Indian bowlers for this loss and got here down closely on them. “India deserved this lesson. You cannot win ODIs by playing such poor cricket,” Akhtar mentioned on his Youtube channel after the match.
Akhtar mentioned India are lacking a strike bowler who can take out wickets in the center.
“No one had an answer to Taylor’s innings. I don’t understand how you can let the game slip from reducing the opposition to 7-8 down. I’m repeatedly saying India are missing a strike bowler. Chahal came in place of Kuldeep, he did well but they lacked someone who could put his hand up when they needed wickets,” mentioned Akhtar.
India made two modifications to the facet, Navdeep Saini was introduced in place of Mohammed Shami, who was rested retaining the upcoming Test sequence in thoughts and Yuzvendra Chahal changed Kuldeep Yadav.
Chahal was the choose of the bowlers for India. He picked up three wickets for 58 runs whereas Jadeja was essentially the most economical one, giving freely solely 35 runs for a wicket in his full quota.
In reply, India’s chase by no means actually took off because the misplaced early wickets and continued to take action until Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saini got here collectively to place a Taylor-Jamieson like partnership. But as soon as Saini was dismissed for a effectively-made 45 off 49 balls, the strain of scoring the runs alone was an excessive amount of on Jadeja (55) and India misplaced the match by 22 runs.
“India appeared a really common facet right now. But Credit to New Zealand for coming again so robust after 0-5 loss in T20IS. That sort of loss may be demoralizing for any crew however they’ve made a stable comeback
“This is a studying curve for India, they should present character,” Akhtar signed off.
India will face New Zealand in the third and ultimate match of the ODI sequence on Tuesday at Mount Maunganui.