Suresh Raina missed the first ODI as he was down with fever    Getty Images
Suresh Raina missed the first ODI as he was down with fever Getty Images

After missing the series opener, Indian middle-order batsman Suresh Raina will not be available for the following One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand for health issues. Raina earlier had to sit out of the first ODI as he was down with viral fever and was expected to join the playing eleven from the Delhi ODI. But recent reports suggest that though he is better, he has not recovered fully and is not match fit, which means he will have to wait for some more time to join Men in Blue on the field. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted about the player’s condition saying the player “requires more time to recover”. Here is what BCCI tweeted

 

India won the first ODI with ease. The bowlers did exceptionally well to reduce the visitors to 65 for 7. Newbies Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav were clinical with the ball but the Kiwis made a good comeback and finally put up a total of 190 losing all their wickets. Tom Latham played an outstanding knock under pressure to score 79 and remain unbeaten while Tim Southee’s quickfire 55 was a crucial addition to the team’s scorecard.

While Indian bowlers had a wicket feast at Dharamsala, it was team’s very own powerhouse Virat Kohli who once again showed his class with the bat, scoring 85 not out that sealed the deal for the hosts. India now have four victories back to back in the series as they earlier executed a 3-0 whitewash in Tests against the same opponents.