Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan posted another 100-plus runs together as openers in the second ODI against New Zealand on Saturday at Mount Maunganui.
It was their 14th hundred-run stand in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, the two former cricketers, have recorded 26 century stands, with Rohit and Virat Kohli in second with 15.
Earlier, India won the toss and elected to bat Saturday in the second one-day cricket international against New Zealand at Bay Oval. Captain Virat Kohli said India was confident in its ability to chase any total and his decision to bat was “about giving ourselves another challenge.” India beat New Zealand by eight wickets in the first match at Napier which Kohli described as “a clinical performance.”
He said Saturday’s match was about “riding the momentum” of that win while giving India an opportunity to gain experience of batting in windy conditions and on small grounds than it is used to. India named an unchanged lineup. New Zealand made two changes to its team for the match, naming leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in place of Mitchell Santner and allrounder Colin de Grandhomme for Tim Southee. Captain Kane Williamson said New Zealand would have bowled if it had won the toss.
He said New Zealand had tried to move on quickly from the heavy loss in Napier to demonstrate it is a better team than that result implied. New Zealand beat Sri Lanka 3-0 in one-day internationals prior to the India series with two of those wins coming at Bay Oval.