Ross Taylor’s rearguard batting, bowlers lead NZ to series-clinching win

Brief scores: New Zealand 273/8 (Martin Guptill 79, Ross Taylor 73*, Henry Nicholls 41; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/58, Shardul Thakur 2/60) beat India 251/10 (Ravindra Jadeja 55, Shreyas Iyer 52, Navdeep Saini 45; Tim Southee 2/41, Kyle Jamieson 2/42) by 22 runs

India vs New Zealand 2nd ODI 2020, key stats

  • Veteran batsman Ross Taylor’s fighting half-century, an unbeaten 73 (6×4, 2×6), and his invaluable 76-run, ninth-wicket partnership with debutant Kyle Jamieson underpinned New Zealand’s 22-run series-clinching win in the second ODI at Eden Park in Auckland. It was Taylor’s 51st ODI fifty, while Jamieson became the 197th ODI player for the Blackcaps
  • Earlier, Martin Guptill had made a run-a-ball 79 (8×4, 3×6), his 36th ODI half-century, to take New Zealand off to a good start. He had looked set to get a bigger score but India seamer Shardul Thakur’s quick pick-up-and-throw from short third man ended his stay at the crease
  • Early wickets pegged India back in the run-chase but Shreyas Iyer and Ravindra Jadeja struck half-centuries to keep India in the hunt. It was Iyer’s seventh ODI fifty, a 57-ball 52 (7×4, 1×6), and Jadeja’s twelfth (73-ball 55; 2×4, 1×6), but New Zealand taking wickets and eventually bowled India out in 48.3 overs
  • It was India’s 49th ODI defeat to New Zealand
  • Captaining India for the 89th time in ODIs, Virat Kohli suffered his 23rd defeat