"ODIs aren't too relevant this year compared to Tests and T20s, but to find people who can play that way under pressure is a big revelation for us and a big plus," the Indian captain Virat Kohli said after India received a 22-run defeat at the hands of New Zealand at Eden Park.
India’s opening batting line up have been crumbled before the lethal New Zealand pace attack which paved the way to India’s struggle against hosts in the second ODI. Veteran pacer Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson sowed disaster among Indian batsmen. While Tim Southee took 2 wickets including that of Captain Virat Kohli, debutant Kyle Jamieson got 2 wickets. Jamieson also made a big debut contributing in batting too scoring 25 runs.
India were in all sorts of problem after losing 6 wickets for just 129 runs but a gutsy batting display by Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saini took the match till the end overs. "We were in trouble with the bat, but Saini and Jadeja played really well, as did Shreyas. To find people who can play that way under pressure is a big revelation for us and a big plus," Kohli said on India's fighting spirit in the match. Jadeja and Saini shared a 76 runs partnership for the eighth wicket and assured that India doesn't give up so easily.
With the series gone, Kohli hinted that India would not shy from experimenting in the third ODI. "We could consider changes in the final game, since we have nothing to lose now. We'll play expressive cricket and not worry too much about the result," he said when asked about the team composition for the third ODI.
The final ODI is scheduled for February 11 at Mount Maunganui.