A persistent rain forces match official to call off the playin 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand. So India still leads the series by 1-0 and next game of the ODI series will be played in AMI Stadium, Christchurch on Sunday 8th of March.
Indians are well on course of setting another huge target for New Zealand in rain reduced game of 34 over.However rain started to fall heavily during 29th over and afterwards it doesn’t seem to stop. SO Umpire finally decided to abandon the second ODI. At that stage India were 188/4 in 28.4 overs with S.Raina batting on 13 runs of 8 balls and M.S.Dhoni batting on 23 runs of 19 balls.
Earlier Indian captain M.S.Dhoni once again manages to won the toss and elected to bat first on a flat run-feast wicket. Indian opener V.Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar gave India a perfect start. V.Sehwag started his inning in same fashion from where he left in Napier. He reached his second fifty of series in just 32 balls before adjudging caught behind the wicket for blistering 54 runs of 36 balls.
Sachin Tendulkar who started his inning slowly but soon after Sehwag dismissal, he kept out of block and started to smashed the New Zealand bowlers all over the park. Sachin reached his fifty of 57 balls. Indians were placed comfortable at 130/1 in 19 overs when the rain started to fall heavily.
After resumption Sachin Tendulkar (61 runs of 69 balls) and Yuvraj Singh (0 runs of 4 balls) fell in quick succession. Indians looks to loss their momentum in the possible four overs of play between first and second resumption.
However Indians once again walked on to bat with 141/3 in 23 overs and seems on course of setting huge target to New Zealand before rain interruption. Indian teams went on to this match with unchanged lineup. On the other hand New Zealand was forced to make a change owing to Brendon McCullum's thumb injury, which meant he would be unable to keep wickets. Wicketkeeper Peter McGlashan made his ODI debut in this match.