India vs New Zealand: Don’t think setting targets has ever been an issue, says Rayudu

first_imgBrief Scores: India (252-all out) beat New Zealand (217-all out) by 35 runs in Wellington. James Neesham 44; Yuzvendra Chahal (3/41) (SCORECARD)India batsman Ambati Rayudu said on Sunday that the second-ranked ODI team has never had an issue with setting targets in limited-overs cricket. India beat New Zealand by 35 runs and finished the five-match series on a high, winning it 4-1.After getting bowled out for their lowest-ever total (92) in New Zealand in the fourth ODI in Hamilton last week, India opted to bat first once again in the series finale in Wellington. The visitors were reeling at 18 for 4 after the top-order failed for the second successive time in the series.Unlike the Hamilton ODI, Ambati Rayudu, who picked up the Man of the Match award, put his hands up and struck a well-paced 90 and stitched a 98-run stand for the fifth wicket with Vijay Shankar and helped India out of trouble. A late cameo from Hardik Pandya 22-ball 45, which had five sixes and two boundaries helped India to 252.India then sealed the ODI with an all-round bowling effort, led by leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, who picked up 3/41 from his 10-over quota.”Don’t think setting totals has ever been an issue. That was a one-off game in Hamilton. Might face similar challenges in future. Great effort by our bowlers,” Rayudu said.With the likes of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni in the side, India are always looked at as a side that loves chasing. Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma even insisted that India would have opted to chase if the series were on the line but the dead-rubber was an opportunity to test themselves.advertisement”If the series was alive, we would have chased. We wanted to test ourselves today. I couldn’t ask for more,” Rohit said.Rayudu finished the series as the top-scorer with 190 runs from five matches at 63.33.India will now be hoping to finish the tour of New Zealand on a high by sealing the three-match T20I series, which starts on February 6 in Wellington.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya hits hat-trick of sixes for 5th time in careerAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Hardik Pandya’s calculated assault was magnificent, says GavaskarAlso See:last_img read more