After the high of T20I, India lost the ODI series with one game to play. But Ravindra Jadeja produced an all-round performance to give India an outside chance in the must-win second ODI at Auckland on Saturday.
It was a case of so close, yet so far for India with Jadeja hanging shepherding the tailenders. Chasing New Zealand's 273/8, India were in trouble from the start, losing Mayank Agarwal in the third over itself. Then, the visitors were 153/7 in the 32nd over.
Then, Jadeja and Navdeep Saini (45 off 49) added 76 runs to resurrect the chase, only to fall short by 22 runs. Jadeja made 55 off 73 balls.
Earlier in the match, Jadeja produced a tidy spell, leaking only 35 runs while taking the wicket of Kiwi stand-in skipper Tom Latham. Jadeja also showcased his brilliant fielding skills by sending James Neesham back with a direct hit.
Here are some reactions:
Courageous efforts by Saini and Jadeja end in vain. Too many top order wickets lost cheaply. Kudos to New Zealand for clinching the ODI series. After the 0-5 whitewash in T20s this looked unlikely. Terrific regrouping and comeback— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 8, 2020
Jadeja's— CricBeat (@Cric_beat) February 8, 2020
Last 5 Odi innings vs NZ
66*, 62*, 5, 77, 55#NZvIND
A spell of 1/35 in 10 overs when the heat was on, a crucial run-out & the best economy rate after Bumrah since September 2018 (his return). Tough to beleive India thought they didn’t need Ravindra Jadeja in ODIs for a whole year after the ’17 Champions Trophy #NZvIND @cricbuzz— Bharat Sundaresan (@beastieboy07) February 8, 2020
12 50s by Jadeja in odi— ðÂÂºðÂÂÂðÂÂÂðÂÂÂðÂÂÂðÂÂÂ (@Shebas_10dulkar) February 8, 2020
60* vs SL (Ind lost)
57 vs Aus (Ind Lost)
61* vs Zim (Ind lost)
51 vs Zim (Ind Lost)
78 vs Eng (Ind lost)
61* vs Eng (Ind won)
66* vs NZ (Match tied)
62* vs NZ (Ind Lost)
52* vs Pak (Ind lost)
87 vs Eng (Ind lost)
77 vs NZ (Ind Lost)
55 vs NZ (Ind lost)*
Apart from last game Ravindra Jadeja has been quite useful and impressive on this tour, he bowled extremely well in T20Is and today just gave away 35 runs in his quota of 10 overs with a wicket of Tom Latham.— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 8, 2020
For the record, this was the first series win for New Zealand against India since 2014.