NZ v IND | 2nd ODI | Key takeaways for team India
Written By: Ritwika Dhar
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Intent from the top-order:
From the last match, Indian top order learned and showed much more resistance on the pitch. They not only attacked bowlers like Jess Kerr and other pacers in the beginning, but also put up some big partnerships as well and scored at a run-rate over 5.
Aggressive running between the wickets in this series has been one of the biggest takeaways.
Richa’s ‘perfect’ innings: When India lost 3 wickets in succession in the middle overs, Richa appeared as the saviour for her team. Throughout her innings, she always took care of ticking the run-rate well and she maintained her SR of around 100. She took the pressure off from her skipper and her team well with her blistering knock of 65 despite the injury she picked up.
Top-notch anchoring from Raj:
In both the matches, she played her role as an anchor, as a cushion to the young batters well. She came in when India lost their 3 wickets and Harman’s dismissal made the situation worse for her. But then she accelerated really well in the latter half and her anchoring completed well with young Richa’s fearless batting. She was on 21 off 40 at one stage and then paced the innings with another gear and contributed 40 off 43 in the 108-run partnership with Richa.
The batter-keeper dilemma:
Richa gets an edge over Taniya, the no.1 keeper of the Indian team because of her extraordinary hitting. But Taniya behind the stumps brings different kind of energy and precision which uplifts the quality of bowling quite high. So, this compromise of playing batter-wk over specialized wicket-keeper will haunt them in the upcoming-matches big time.
Mixed fielding efforts:
Where some spectacular catches have been held by the fielders like Yastika and Harman, they also dropped a few chances as well. Also, a relay throw what India implemented in this match what New Zealand were doing in the last match to negate the heavy breeze. But yesterday, it didn’t seem that breezy and India lost some genuine run-out chances due to using it unnecessarily. Barring some naturally good fielders, the lack of urgency in the fielding, ground fielding basics, agility, game awareness are still very much missing in this young lot.
Less faith in pacers:
The 49 overs have been bowled, only 10 overs were of pacers. Where Vastrakar got 7 overs, debutant Bahadur only got 3 overs. They couldn’t able to find their line and length in their first go but underutilization of the pacers in the windy conditions surely a big tactical miss and showing such less faith on the pacers is also not the way you instill faith in them.
Lack of big scores:
Many of the Indian batters after getting a good start not converting them into big ones. Where the New Zealand batters Bates and Kerr scored centuries and 2 other batters surpassed 50 as well, only two batters from the Indian side have managed to score 50+ scores.
Baffling decision-making continues:
Though India did miss the players like Smriti Mandhana, Meghna and Renuka in last 3 matches, but not playing Sneh Rana was a very strange decision.
Spinners getting their groove back:
After having an awful season last year, spinners finally getting back to their rhythm and taking wickets. Although, due to no help from the pitches, conditions, average fielding effort have made their outings quite costly.