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India bowl out NZ for 108 in second ODI

India bowled out New Zealand for 108 in the second One-day International of the three-match series here on Saturday.

India skipper Rohit Sharma opted to ball first after winning the toss.

Hosts India lead the series 1-0 after their 12-run victory in the opener.

India brought Shardul Thakur into the team at the expense of the super quick Umran Malik considering his batting abilities. But the management needs to decide quickly if it wants a bowler, who can bat or a specialist, who can rattle the opposition with extra pace and get wickets in the middle overs.

Siraj has developed into an all phase bowler but others need to step up. Mohammed Shami was brilliant with the new ball but was taken to the cleaners by Bracewell. Hardik too was expensive.

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India would also be aiming to get their overs completed in time after being fined 60 per cent of its match fee for maintaining a slow over-rate in the first ODI in Hyderabad.

Javagal Srinath of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after India were ruled to be three overs short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration for Wednesday’s series opener.

Brief scores:
New Zealand: 108 all out in 34.3 overs (Glenn Phillips 36; Mohammed Shami 3/18, Hardik Pandya 2/16).  

(With input from agencies)

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