New Zealand tour of India 2017 [Preview]

The cricket team of New Zealand is presently touring India. The months of October and November are going to be excited for both the teams as a series of matches is going to be held between the teams. Three ODIs and three twenty 20 matches were on the schedule. The dates had been scheduled for the series in September 2017.

Two one-day practice matches were taken place between India Board President XI and New Zealand in which the first match that took place on 17th October was won by India Board President XI by 30 runs and the second one-day match was won by New Zealand by 33 runs. The match was held on 19th October.

Two ODIs are done in which the first match won by New Zealand by 6 wickets and the second ODI was won by India by 6 wickets. The first match was held at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on 22nd of October. The Indian team won the toss and opt to bat first. It was Virat Kohli’s 200th ODI. The captain of the Indian Cricket team became a second best player to who made a century in his 200th ODI. New Zealand wicketkeeper, Tom Latham, and Ross Taylor made the highest score in partnership in this match.

The second match was held on 25th October at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. The toss for this match was won by New Zealand and they also decided to bat first.

It was the first time that New Zealand team was playing Wankhede Stadium. Due to intense humidity and high temperature in Mumbai, the team had to suffer a lot with the climatic conditions as they are the inhabitants of the country where the temperature is usually low during this time of the year.

In the second match, the performance of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah was outstanding in a couple of overs. In this match, India bowled ten dots consecutively in a line and as soon as the seventh overpassed, the opposite team failed to save their players and the bowlers’ team successfully bowled five players of the team.

Some more highlights of the second ODI are:

  • India made a record of winning 50 ODIs out of 100 played against New Zealand.
  • Bhuvneshwar made a record of best bowling in this ODI.
  • Kumar was awarded as the Man of the Match for the fourth time in ODIs. It was the first time that he got this on his own land. It was also for the first time when opposite team was New Zealand.
  • The six wickets captured were by Kumar, Bumrah and Hardik Pandya. Kumar got 3 wickets, Bumrah got 2 and Hardik got 1 wicket.
  • Dinesh Karthik has made his ninth half-century with a score of 64 on 92 balls and not out.
  • Tim Southee got Rohit Sharma’s wicket for five times till now.
  • Aforesaid made his second highest score on Indian soil in this ODI. The first was made at Gwalior that was also on Indian soil in 2010.
  • Shikhar Dhawan played well in this ODI and he made his first half-century against New Zealand in six ODIs.
  • Henry Nicholls also made his highest score in this very ODI.

If you are sad about missing the first two ODIs, don’t worry you can watch third ODI. The third ODI match is going to held on 29th October, Sunday at Green Park, Kanpur. The match will start at 1:30 PM.

The next series will be a Twenty 20 series that will start on 1st November. The schedule for the same is like this:

  • The first T20 match will be held on 1st November at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. The timings of the match are 7 PM.
  • The second T20 match is going to take place on 4th November at Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot and it will start at 7 PM.
  • The third T20 is going to held on 7th November at Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram and is going to start at 7 PM.

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