India won the second one-day international match against New Zealand by a score of 8 wickets to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
After that, there was a spectacular laser show at the location, which was the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur, which was hosting its very first international match.
After India had won the match, the organisers took over and put on a spectacular laser show with a variety of different coloured lights, which mesmerised everyone in attendance. Prior to India’s victory, the Indian players had been the ones to steal the show.
The crowd shouting “Vande Mataram” in unison in the midst of the light show was the icing on the cake.
India’s relentless pace attack drove through a vulnerable New Zealand batting line-up as the hosts cruised to an eight-wicket win in the second one-day international to clinch the series. This victory sealed India’s position as the dominant team in the series.
After being bowled out for a paltry 108, New Zealand’s innings was ended by an aggressive effort headed by Mohammed Shami, who was followed by India’s knocking off the runs in 20.1 overs.
Shubman Gill remained unbeaten after scoring 40 runs off 53 bowling deliveries, while Rohit Sharma scored a magnificent 50 from 51 balls.
However, the sea of spectators that had travelled to the remotely located Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh Stadium for Raipur’s first international game were left wanting for more due to the game’s early conclusion. It was an impressive win for Raipur, but the crowd were disappointed nonetheless.
After Rohit made the decision to bowl first, Shami (3/18) and Mohammed Siraj (1/10) both delivered high-quality seam bowling that made life difficult for the batters, bringing New Zealand’s score down to a miserable 15 for five.
Even though the Indian openers made batting look easy in the evening, the New Zealand hitters had a more difficult time since the odd ball halting made their work more difficult.