AUCKLAND: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja crossed the 50 run mark and scripted an Indian milestone in limited over cricket in the second ODI at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday.
Although India lost the match, all-rounder Jadeja achieved a great feat in the game.
With his innings in the second ODI, Ravindra Jadeja ended up surpassing former India captains MS Dhoni and Kapil Dev for most fifty-plus scores at number 7.
Showing how important he is down the order for India, Jadeja’s 55 off 73 balls took India close to chasing down 274 after the visitors were 153/7 in the 32nd over of the match.
Jadeja had an outstanding game with both bat and ball. His partnership with Saini gave us hope but the Kiwi’s were too good with the ball today. Ross , the boss again playing a crucial innings with the bat. Congratulations on the series win, @BLACKCAPS #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/MeIn6pqkCh— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 8, 2020
Having lost the first ODI, it was a do-or-die game for the Men in Blue. But, they could not cross the finishing line in the second game as well and lost their first bilateral series after the world cup last year.
This is New Zealand’s first series win over the men in blue since 2014. The previous three series between the two heavyweights were all won by India (2016, 2017 and 2019).
The final match of the series will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday. Having already lost the series, Virat Kohli led India will be playing for pride in that encounter before the caravan moves on to the longest format.