Leading the bowling attack, Indian fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed three wickets to help the hosts restrict New Zealand to 230/9 in the second ODI at the MCA Stadium on Wednesday.
Calling it a ‘pressure situation’, Bhuvneshwar said: “I am really happy. Pressure situation. Pressure match. We had to bowl well to restrict them. It is a good surface, a bit on the slower side. I hold the knuckleball at the tip of my fingers and try to land it on the seam.”
The Meerut-born pacer took the scalp of both the Kiwi openers Martin Guptill (11) and Colin Munro (10) inside first seven overs of the game.
In the 38th over, Bhuvneshwar returned to his fiery best as he bowled out Henry Nicholls (42) with a remarkable delivery.
Nicholls was the highest scorer for New Zeland, who appear struggling throughout their innings.
Besides Bhuvneshwar, pacer Jasprit Bumrah and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets each. Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel also joined the party after they dismissed Ross Taylor (21) and Tom Latham (38) respectively.