New Zealand-India second ODI abandoned because of rain

The fixture had been reduced to a 29-over match

By AFP
November 27, 2022
Rain halted play in Hamilton on Sunday — Twitter/Black Caps

HAMILTON: The second one-day international between New Zealand and India was abandoned in Hamilton after rain halted play on Sunday.

India, sent into bat, were 89 for one with Shubman Gill on 45 and Suryakumar Yadav on 34 when play was called off.

The fixture had been reduced to a 29-over match after a first weather disruption halted play for nearly four hours with India on 22-0 after 4.5 overs.

A further eight overs were bowled when play resumed before the rain sent the players back to the pavilion again and no more play was possible.

New Zealand lead the three-match series 1-0 after winning Friday´s opening game in Auckland by seven wickets.

Tom Latham was left thanking his lucky stars after smashing a majestic century to steer New Zealand to victory over India in the opening one-day international in Auckland.

Latham hammered 19 fours and five sixes in an unbeaten innings of 145 runs off 104 balls. It was his seventh ODI century and his highest score in the format.

"It was one of those days when everything comes off. I don´t really know where that came from — the stars aligned, things fall into place," Latham said of his man-of-the-match innings.

The Black Caps were set 307 to win at Eden Park before Latham and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson put on a winning partnership of 221 runs.

"We bowled short of length and that´s where Latham attacked us," said India captain Shikhar Dhawan.

"We couldn´t make a breakthrough when the partnership was on. Latham took the game away for us and that´s when the momentum shifted."

Williamson finished on 94 not out as New Zealand went one up in the ODI series, having lost the Twenty20 series to India.

"It was an incredible knock by Tommy (Latham) — he was absolutely on fire," said Williamson.

"We were talking in the middle about just getting through the overs, but then he just flicked the switch.

"It was one of the more special ODI knocks I have seen and it was nice to be at the other end to watch it."

The final match is in Christchurch on Wednesday.