India captain Virat Kohli. @ Twitter

A combined team effort helped India to yet another dominating win against New Zealand in the second one-dayer to go 2-0 up in the five-match series on Saturday. Chasing a stiff target of 325, the hosts folded for 234 in 40.2 overs with Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav picking a second four-wicket haul on the trot that saw India seal a 90-run win at the Bay Oval. Legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar pocketed two wickets apiece, while Mohammed Shami and Kedar Jadhav added one each to complete the rout. (2nd ODI REPORT: Big bats, spinners put India up 2-0)

“Clinical performance again. We had a par score as Rohit Sharma mentioned with the kind of pitch and boundary dimensions here. But we bowled really well and back-to-back clinical performances is really pleasing,” India captain Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

Opting to bat, India were off to a flier with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan forging 154 runs. Rohit, who was belligerent in his 96-ball stay, missed out on a century and added 87, while Dhawan made 66. Significant contributions came from Kohli Kohli (43), Ambati Rayudu (47) and MS Dhoni (48 not out). Kedar Jadhav smashed a quickfire 22 not out off just 10 balls as Dhoni and he added 53 runs in final 4.2 overs.

Kohli feels scoring runs in the middle order is one area India need to work on leading up to the ICC World Cup 2019. “I made a conscious effort after the second drinks break to take some risks. Once I got out, the new batsman had to take time. These are the things we need to look into with the ICC World Cup 2019 nearby. We would like to score those 15-20 runs extra but at the same time, good too see us chip our way to a balanced total,” he said. (ALSO READ: I have always enjoyed batting with Shikhar Dhawan: Rohit Sharma)

Heaping praise on his bowling contingent, the proud skipper said: “They are always ready to bowl for you and pick wickets, which is key. They are not content to go wicketless for 40 runs in their quota, they’d rather have more wickets for 60. That mindset is crucial for us and as is Rohit and Shikhar at the top.”