As India rejoice in celebrating their 70th Republic Day, the Men in Blue claim their first ever win on this patriotic day. The Virat Kohli led Team India claimed their biggest ever win on New Zealand soil, defeating the hosts by 90 runs in the 2nd ODI in Mount Maunganui.
Virat Kohli has also now become the first Indian captain to win two successive ODI wins in New Zealand.
India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI: Men in Blue look to continue dominance while Kiwis hope for a comeback
Wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal continued to torment New Zealand batsmen after a collective batting effort, guiding India to an emphatic 90-run win in the second ODI on Saturday, celebrating India's 70th Republic day in style. The Men in Blue now lead the five-match series 2-0. (Match Highlights)
Opting to bat, India piled up a challenging 324 for 4 riding on Rohit Sharma (87) and Shikhar Dhawan (66)'s fluent half-centuries. There were significant contributions from captain Virat Kohli (43), Ambati Rayudu (47) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (48 not out). (Match Scorecard)
Kedar Jadhav contributed a quickfire 22 not out off just 10 balls as he and Dhoni added 53 runs in final 4.2 overs for the unconquered fifth wicket.
The visiting bowlers then shot New Zealand out for 234 in 40.2 overs as India scored a comprehensive win to celebrate the country's Republic Day in style.
Kuldeep (4/45 in 10 overs) and Chahal (2/52 in 9.2 overs) shared bulk of the spoils. Ditto in the opener, Kuldeep took four wickets while Chahal accounted for two