Apart from the veteran in Ross Taylor who stuck around at the crease a lot longer than anyone else, no one, including the openers who disappointed their team yet again, was able to stay on the pitch for more than 15 minutes.
However, the greatest highlight of the morning came at the hands of the brand new inclusion in the squad in Hardik Pandya who replaced the 28-year-old Vijay Shankar for the second and third ODIs.
In the 17th over, with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson on strike, Chahal bowled a beautiful leg-spin to trap the skipper who, in an attempt to flick it over the long on, missed the spot. Unable to hit the ball with the centre of the bat, it travelled a shorter distance to the silly mid on and into the hands of a flying Hardik Pandya who was literally horizontal in the air during the catch.January 28, 2019
What's more is that the Indian pacer rocked the catch with a perfect 'superhero landing' at the end.
The staggering mid-air catch reached out to the fans of Indian cricket, who also turned out to be DC Comics worshippers, seeing the reflections of the Man of Steel in Pandya:January 28, 2019 January 28, 2019 January 28, 2019
After what has been a nightmare of a month for Pandya, he looks focused. Dismissing Taylor in the 2nd ODI and taking two more wickets in the third, he is doing good on getting his form back after being benched for nearly four months due to a back injury and a suspension.
The Kiwis are all wrapped up for 243 in the third ODI as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan come out to bat. India lead the league 2-0 in the five-match series.