Hamilton, November 27: The second ODI of the three-match series between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain, with the Men in Blue managing to score 89/1 in 12.5 overs by the time the rain hit for the final time, putting any possibility of further action to rest.
Shubman Gill (45* off 42 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (34* off 25 balls) were unbeaten at the crease. First up from the Kiwis, India were 22/0 in 4.5 overs when rain interrupted the action for the first time. The match was resumed after rain as a 29-overs-a-side affair.
After the match resumed, India lost skipper Shikhar Dhawan to Matt Henry early for just three runs.
After Shikhar’s dismissal, Gill and Suryakumar added 66 runs for the second wicket. But the rain again played havoc and the fans saw no further action from these two exciting sides.
The third ODI will be played in Christchurch on Wednesday.
In the first ODI, New Zealand beat India by seven wickets to take a 1–0 lead in the series. India managed to score 306/7 in their 50 overs with fifties coming from Shreyas Iyer (80), Dhawan (72) and Gill (50). Pacers Tim Southee and Lockie Fergsuon took three wickets.
Chasing 307, India struggled against NZ at 88/3 in 19.5 overs. But a 221-run stand for the fourth wicket between Tom Latham (145*) and skipper Kane Williamson (94*) helped the Kiwis win the match.
Umran Malik (2/66) was the pick of the Indian bowlers on his debut.
In the T20I series earlier, India won 1-0. The first T20I was completely washed away by the rain. India won the second T20I by 65 runs with Suryakumar (111*) and Deepak Hooda (4/10) the stars. The third T20I was also affected by rain and was called off during India’s chase of 161, which saw the Men in Blue at 75/4 in nine overs.