Tim Southee
Tim Southee's four wicket haul helps New Zealand win in the second ODI. [Reuters] Reuters

New Zealand won the second One-Day International against India by 15 runs (Duckworth – Lewis method) to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

The visitors had to chase a revised total of 297 (D/L method)after the game was reduced to 42 overs as rain interrupted play for a brief period at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

MS Dhoni won the toss and decided his side will field first just like he did in the first ODI. The Black Caps got off to a decent start and were 167/2 after 33.2 overs as rain played its part in stopping the game. The hosts were to play the remaining 8.4 overs after the game was scheduled to continue at 5:00am GMT.

The play resumed and Kane Williamson (77) was dismissed by Ravindra Jadeja after being stumped by the rival skipper. The hosts had 174 on the board and Corey Anderson (44) and Ross Taylor (57) added 74 runs to the tally before their partnership was broken by Ishant Sharma.

Anderson slammed the fast bowler's delivery up in the air and found it land in the hands of Shikhar Dhawan at long-on.

Brendon McCullum (0) did nothing to add to the tally as he left the pitch after being caught and bowled by Mohammed Shami in the very first ball.

The hosts managed to score a total 271 runs in 42 overs but their total for the visitors was revised to 297 courtesy of the D/L method.

Shami shined for the visitors yet again adding to his four-wicket haul from the first ODI, taking it to seven.

India's opening batsmen succumbed under pressure from Tim Southee's bowling and the onus was once again on Virat Kohli to oversee a rescue mission.

Dhawan (12) was bowled over by Southee while Rohit Sharma (20) edged the ball to Luke Ronchi behind the stumps from the fast bowler's delivery. At 37/2, Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane (36) teamed up to take the total to 127 before the latter was sent packing by Mitchell McClenaghan.

Kohli (78) then followed the others to the pavilion as he slammed Southee's delivery towards long-on only to find substitute Anton Devcich take the catch. The visitors conceded nine wickets in total before their innings came to an end at 277. The last four wickets were drained for a mere total of just 18 runs.

Southee was the star for the home side taking four wickets, but Williamson was declared Man of the Match for his skills with the bat.