After the slog is Test, New Zealand seems to face its next woes in ODI. On the other side, India is getting quite ambitious to handover another whitewash to New Zealand. In the first match, the visitor's weakened stance was exposed by the home team bowling the team out at 190 runs and ultimately winning the match by 6 wickets with 101 balls remaining. Team India's numbers were attractive even though, player like Ravichandran Ashwin was not in the match. Virat Kohli, well known for his limited over strength, delivered the highest score of 85 off 81 balls, while Hardik Pandya and Amit Mishra claimed 3 wickets each.
India's bowlers were powered by adequate seam and swing on the surface. Pandya and Yadav, scalped the top order dropping New Zealand to 65 for 7 in just 18.4 balls. It was only Tim Southee, the 10 batsmen that added some substance to the inning knocking 45 off 55 balls. However, New Zealand’s score was basically powered by Tom Latham, who remained unbeaten throughout the inning. The batsmen scored 79 off 98 partnering with the opening batsman till the 10th in the order. The bowlers were successful to keep up a good economy. New Zealand was bowled out in 43.5 overs as Mishra took down the last wickets.
Pandya was first to strike Guptill in the second over. He was bowling consistently at 130 plus speed and right to the stumps. Guptill was caught at the second slip by Rohit Sharma. Kane Williamson was removed by Umesh Yadav, followed by Ross Taylor. The top batsmen were dismissed for just 4 runs within three overs. There was absolutely no momentum in the inning, with runs trickling down in singles and occasional boundaries from Latham. Umesh took excellent catches to strike out Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi in the over from Pandya. Mid order batsmen James Neesham and Mitchell Santner were dismissed at consecutive balls in the over from Kedar Jadhav. New Zealand was 7 for 65 at the moment.
The only batsman comfortable in the inning was Latham, who was playing at ease knocking boundaries. He struck 7 fours and a six in the inning. The score would have been better if the player had a good partnership. Dough Bracewell remained in the crease for some time playing 45 balls, but with a little score of 15 runs. Bracewell was removed by Mishra. Tim Southee could have gone the same way as the others, if Umesh had not dropped a catch when he was at 2. It was the same over by Jasprit Bumrah, where the batsman smashed two fours. Southee also delivered a six in the over from Axar Patel. The player had 55 of 45 balls.
The target of 191 was not a test for India batsmen. The opening partnership of Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma brought 49 runs in 9.2 overs. When Virat Kohli came to bat, the road was further straightened. Kohli partnered with Manish Pandey, captain MS Dhoni and finally with Kedar Jadhav hauling the chase to victory. The inning was over in 33.1 overs.
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