Bhuvneshwar Kumar has improved himself as a lower order batsman in the Indian side. Bhuvneshwar showed in the first ODI that he can provide a cameo in the death overs and help India get to a fighting total. Bhuvneshwar is known for playing into the gaps and providing support from the other end but in the first ODI, he scored 26 runs from 15 balls including 2 sixes and 2 fours. Bhuvneshwar hit the ball over long on for a maximum that surprised Virat Kohli at the other end. Kohli was spellbound by that shot and bowed down to Bhuvneshwar in admiration for making his task easy in the death overs.
Bhuvneshwar scored a six off the last ball of the 49th over converting an economical over into India’s side. Kohli was happy and at the same time revealed that Bhuvneshwar had converted a 3-run over into a 9-run over with a six. He struck another six in the final over after Kohli got out for 121 runs from 125 balls. 16 runs came off the last over out of which 10 were scored by Bhuvneshwar. This took India to a total of 280 for 8. He got out off the last ball of the first innings.
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Bhuvneshwar has evolved as a lower order batsman in the recent times. He along with MS Dhoni rescued India against Sri Lanka when Akila Dananjaya preyed on Indian batting order. He scored a half-century to take India home and keep the winning streak alive. He played a few valuable knocks against Australia in the recently concluded series as well.
The right-arm seamer could not take a wicket in his first spell as Martin Guptill and Colin Munro kept him at bay. They attacked him the very first over not allowing him to get into the rhythm he usually does with the new ball.