The host India brings up their A game in the second ODI as they mauled New Zealand by six-wicket. India’s swing bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/45) led an inspired Indian bowling effort to restrict New Zealand to an unpretentious total of 230 runs for nine wickets. Later, Shikhar Dhawan technical innings (68 off 84 balls) and Dinesh Karthik supporting innings (64 runs not out off 92 delivery) struck timely half-centuries, enabling the hosts to complete the chase in 46 overs against the visitors. The series decider will be played in Kanpur on October 29.
This was the 100th ODI between India and New Zealand, with the win over New Zealand, the host registered 50th ODI victory against them. The chase was comfortable for India despite losing opening batsmen Rohit Sharma cheaply for the second time in the series. Dhawan was back to his best and played shots all around the ground direct to his 22 ODI fifty. His uplifting innings comprised five fours and couple of sixes including the one he hit over midwicket. The southpaw shared a 57-run stand Virat Kohli (29) before adding 66 runs with Karthik, who too played a valuable knock. Karthik, playing at number four after coming in at five in the previous game, grabbed the opportunity with a ninth ODI fifty. After Dhawan's departure, Karthik and Hardik Pandya (30) forged a 59-run stand to secure the game for their team.