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Second ODI abandoned but New Zealand rise in Super League standings

New Zealand v India, 2nd ODI

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Rain played spoilsport as the second ODI between New Zealand and India was called off after a lengthy delay. However, the hosts gained crucial Super League points to rise to No.3 on the table.

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The match began under gloomy skies and a threat of rain but it stayed away for the toss to happen. Hosts New Zealand opted to bowl first and made one change to their side – Michael Bracewell in place of Adam Milne.

On the other hand, Deepak Chahar came in for Shardul Thakur, while Deepak Hooda replaced Sanju Samson.

India openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill started cautiously before the rain disrupted their innings on 22/0 in the fifth over. A long delay ensued with the rain threatening to overpower at every inspection.

Finally, the play resumed after nearly three and half hours, reduced to 29-overs-a-side. The long break brought Dhawan's downfall as Matt Henry removed him on the second ball after the resumption. 

Suryakumar Yadav joined Gill in the middle and together the duo began accelerating with Gill approaching his second half-century of the series.

However, the rain returned again, forcing the players off the field. It refused to relent and the game was finally called off.

The abandonment meant New Zealand and India shared five points each on the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League Standings (powered by MRF Tyres). New Zealand are now third in the standings with 125 points, just below England.

India are at the top and have already qualified for the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup on account of being tournament hosts.

New Zealand continue to lead the three-match series 1-0. The third and final ODI will be played in Christchurch on 30 November.


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