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Rohit Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav Star As India Crush New Zealand By 90 Runs

Kuldeep Yadav claimed four wickets while Rohit Sharma scored 87 off 96 balls as India thrashed New Zealand by 90 runs in the second One Day International at Bay Oval to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series on Saturday. The left-arm spinner had claimed four wickets in India’s first ODI win as well. Some fine bowling by the New Zealanders in the final 10 overs helped them keep India to a score of 324 for four in 50 overs but proved too much for the hosts as they were bowled out for 234 in 40.2 overs to give India another comfortable victory.

Besides Kuldeep, fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal picked up two wickets each for India. Mohammed Shami dismissed Kane Williamson (20) and Kedar Jadhav snared Ross Taylor (22) to join the party.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan stitched a 154-run opening-wicket stand to help India post an imposing total in Mount Maunganui.

Opting to bat, India piled up a challenging total thanks to fluent half-centuries from Rohit and Dhawan (66). There were significant contributions from captain Virat Kohli (43), Ambati Rayudu (47) and MS Dhoni (48 not out).   

Kedar Jadhav contributed a quickfire 22 not out off just 10 balls as he and Dhoni added 53 runs in final 4.2 overs for the unconquered fifth wicket.   

The home side batsmen offered very little resistance save Doug Bracewell, who top-scored with 57.

Kuldeep claimed consecutive wickets of Henry Nicholls and Ish Sodhi in the 31st over, as he polished off the New Zealand innings in a burst of three overs.

Chasing a stiff target of 325, New Zealand lost their top four batsmen, including skipper Kane Williamson (20) and senior pro Ross Taylor (22), by the 18th over when they touched 100-run mark.

The Kiwis were denied a strong start with Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (2/42) and Mohammed Shami (1/43) bowling with a lot of discipline. Opener Martin Guptill (15) was the first to go off Kumar after two lucky escapes but New Zealand were dealt a heavy blow when captain Williamson was out in the eighth over after a promising start.    First, he had Tom Latham (34) trapped leg before in the 25th over and then had Colin de Grandhomme (3) two overs later to reduce New Zealand to 146 for 6.   

Kuldeep returned in the 31st over to dismiss Nicholls (28) and Sodhi (0) off consecutive deliveries to end the New Zealand innings.

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