Kiwis opt to bat after India ODI pitch controversy

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The reporters, who posed as bookies/fixers, asked Salgaonkar that two players want bounce on the pitch and if it can be arranged to which Salgaonkar replied, "it will be done".

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal dismissed de Grandhomme and Adam Milne off successive deliveries but New Zealand, who won Sunday's series opener in Mumbai by six wickets, somehow avoided being bowled out in the contest.

Pune (Maharashtra), October 25: Pune pitch curator Pandurang Salgaoncar is set to be suspended after he was found to be giving inside information to the reporters, disguised as bookies, ahead of the second ODI of the three-match series between India and New Zealand.

Salgaonkar also said that it is going to be a 337-340 wicket either way.

The pitch is to be inspected by ICC referee Chris Broad, along with umpires, while a BCCI official told ESPN the match will take place on an adjacent pitch if needed.

The pitch in Pune was rated poor by the ICC after a Test match against Australia in February.

BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary added:"The BCCI has zero tolerance on such issues". "The matter has come to our notice and we are looking into the details". I am not yet aware of the full thing.

Indian bowlers, especially new ball colleagues Bhuvneshwar Kumar (three for 45) and Jaspreet Bumrah, laid the foundation for their comprehensive victory by restricting New Zealand to 230 for nine after the tourists opted to bat.

Mr Rahul Johri, the CEO of the BCCI, stated: "A strict action has been taken against the pitch curator and the employment relationship between Mr Pandurang Salgaonkar and MCA stands terminated". The match is scheduled to start at 1.30 PM IST.

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