Bhuvneshwar Kumar was relentless and phenomenal with his deliveries in the second ODI against New Zealand. Bhuvneshwar picked up two early wickets in the powerplay overs and then he provided the breakthrough later in the match. Henry Nicholls played down the wrong line completely when Bhuvneshwar came round the wicket in the 38th over. Bhuvneshwar darted the ball into the wickets when Nicholls tried to step down the wicket. Nicholls was in no position to play an advanced shot and ended up leaving a big gap between his bat and pads.
Bhuvneshwar was on a roll at Pune. He was trying to bowl wicket-to-wicket following the ‘You miss I hit’ theory. Before losing his wicket, Nicholls got off to a brilliant start. He was able to cope up with the spinners and launched a counter-attack along with Colin de Grandhomme. That’s why Bhuvneshwar was brought back into the attack quite earlier than expected. Nicholls scored 42 from 62 balls including 3 boundaries. On the other hand, Bhuvneshwar bowled a brilliant spell giving just 45 runs and taking three wickets.
Here’s the video of the wicket:
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The Indian swing bowler also got the wicket of Martin Guptill in the third over and drew first blood. Bhuvneshwar kept BlackCaps skipper Kane Williamson to bowling dot balls after dot balls. Williamson got out cheaply once again as Bumrah trapped him in front of the wicket.
New Zealand batsmen could not get the innings back on track as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Even Ross Taylor and Tom Latham could not rescue them this time. The visitors managed to post a lowly total of 230 runs on the board after losing 9 wickets.