Shikhar Dhawan    AFP
Shikhar Dhawan AFP

After being hammered in the first ODI, India s batting and bowling clicked to level the series 1-1. India s seam attack aimed for wickets and restricted the visitors to 230. In response, gritty half-centuries by Dinesh Karthik and Shikhar Dhawan lit up Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) on Wednesday. Dhawan who was gone cheaply in the first ODI, looked in good stead in the middle and forged a solid 66-run partnership with Karthik. Since the dismissal of Dhawan, Karthik, Hardik Pandya and MS Dhoni took forward the remainder of the chase.

Although, New Zealand were lucky to remove the big guns Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, Dhawan took charge of the innings. His 84-ball 68 score laid the foundation for India s batting line-up.

While addressing the media Dhawan spoke on array of topics but heaped praise the bowlers for India s success.

Shikhar Dhawan on India s pace-attack: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah shared 5 wickets. They removed the top-order comprising of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro and Kane Williamson in succession. Spinners too chipped in at regular intervals.

Crediting the bowlers, Dhawan said, 230 is not too much in these times. The bowlers bowled really well and the fielders backed them up well. The bowlers had done half the job actually for us.

Dhawan surprised on Williamson s call to bat first: There was no seam movement when India bowled, that s what I think. I guess we played their pacers better than they (played our pacers). I was a bit surprised with their decision to bat first because there could be dew in the evening usually during this time. But it wasn t a bad track to bat on even in the first innings. When we were batting we thought it slowed down a bit, the ball wasn t coming that nicely, the way it should.