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A hilarious incident took place before the second ODI between India and New Zealand at Raipur when Indian skipper Rohit Sharma forgot what the team had planned to do after winning the toss. It looked like a brain-fade moment for the Indian skipper as match referee Javagal Srinath and opposition skipper Tom Latham too indulged in a laugh after Rohit revealed he had forgotten what the team had decided.
Rohit eventually decided to bowl first, and the decision worked wonders for India as the bowlers utilized the pitch conditions in the best way possible. New Zealand lost four wickets within the powerplay while scoring mere 14 runs in the 10 overs, and went on to lose their fifth wicket soon after the powerplay. The Men in Blue put up a great performance with the ball and dished New Zealand out for mere 108 runs, their third-lowest ODI score.
After Rohit Sharma’s goof-up at the toss, an old video of Virat Kohli resurfaced on the internet where the former Indian skipper is seen describing Rohit’s usual nature of forgetting things. In an old interview, Kohli revealed how Sharma has a habit of forgetting his personal belongings like his phone, wallet, or iPad and realizing later that he forgot them.
Here’s the video:
India win their seventh consecutive ODI series at home
Speaking of the game, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Hardik Pandya handed India a flying start as New Zealand’s batting unit came crashing down in the powerplay. Contributions from Michael Bracewell and Glenn Phillips helped New Zealand cross the 100-run mark on the scoreboard, but they were eventually bundled out for 108 runs in 34.3 overs.
Chasing a target of 109 runs, skipper Rohit Sharma played a brilliant knock and notched up a quick half-century before being dismissed for 51. Virat Kohli too failed to perform and gave away his wicket cheaply. But opening batter Shubman Gill kept going till the end, and Ishan Kishan scored the winning runs for India as the Men in Blue completed the chase in 20.1 overs.
India won the game by eight wickets, and also clinched the series 2-0 with a game to spare, marking it their seventh consecutive ODI win at home. The two sides will now lock horns in the third ODI at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, January 24.
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