IND Vs NZ ODI Match Report Today: The Indian cricket team could not win the first ODI even after a great score.
Tom Latham and Kane Williamson played brilliant innings. (AFP photo)
Tom Latham’s Centuries and Captain Kane Williamson On Friday, New Zealand defeated the Indian cricket team by seven wickets in the first ODI match played at Eden Park in Auckland on the basis of an excellent innings. Batting first, India scored 306 runs losing seven wickets in the stipulated 50 overs. The host team achieved this target by taking three wickets in 47.1 overs. Latham scored an unbeaten 145 and captain Williamson scored an unbeaten 94. With this, New Zealand has taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.
The Indian team also batted brilliantly. Shreyas Iyer scored the maximum 80 runs for the team. Captain Shikhar Dhawan played an inning of 72 runs. His opening partner Shubman Gill scored 50 runs. In the end, India did not get any batsman to score runs at a stormy pace, otherwise this score could have been more. Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee took three wickets each for New Zealand.
Latham and Williamson add color
Chasing the target of 307 runs, New Zealand got off to a slow start and got their first blow early. On the third ball of the eighth over, Shardul Thakur got opener Finn Allen caught by wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant. When Finn got out, the team’s score was 35 runs. Finn scored 22 runs. India’s paceman Umran Malik, making his ODI debut, opened his account by dismissing Devon Conway. Conway, who scored 24 runs, was dismissed for a total score of 68. On the score of 88, Darrell Mitchell became Umran’s second victim by scoring 11 runs.
From here again Williamson and Latham handled the innings and took away the victory from the hands of India by sharing an excellent century partnership. Latham faced 104 balls in his unbeaten innings and hit 19 fours and five sixes. Williamson faced 98 balls and hit one six apart from seven fours. This score of Latham is the highest score made by any New Zealand batsman against India. Also, the 221-run partnership between Williamson and Latham is the biggest partnership for New Zealand against India so far.
Dhawan and Gill gave a solid start
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and invited India to bat first. After a good start, the Indian team faltered in the end. In the last over, Washington Sundar’s unbeaten aggressive innings of 37 runs in 16 balls took the team’s score beyond 300. During this, he hit three fours and as many sixes. While Iyer hit four fours and four sixes in his 76-ball innings, Dhawan hit 13 fours in 77 balls. He shared a 124-run partnership with Gill for the first wicket. Gill hit one four and three sixes in his 65-ball innings.
New Zealand bowlers prevented India from getting off to a fast start. Dhawan and Gill batted well in the initial overs, which resulted in the team scoring 40 runs after 10 overs. Meanwhile, Ferguson dropped Gill’s catch on Match Henry’s ball. Dhawan and Gill then accelerated the run pace and sent the ball across the boundary line at regular intervals. Gill completed his half-century by sending Mitchell Santner’s ball to the visitors. However, he could not take his innings much further and was caught by Devon Conway off Ferguson’s bowling in the 23rd over. In the next over, Southee gave a double blow to the team for the same score by walking Dhawan.
Iyer shines, Pant-Surya fails
Good starts by the openers had set the stage for the middle order. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were at the crease. Iyer was given life by wicketkeeper Tom Latham on the ball of Adam Milne, while the same Pant played Ferguson’s ball on the wicket after hitting a four in the 33rd over. Suryakumar Yadav’s bat, which was running in a brilliant rhythm, did not work this time. This player, who opened the account by hitting a four on the cover drive, returned to the pavilion by catching Allen standing in the slip off Ferguson’s ball. With this setback, after 33 overs, India’s score was 160 for four.
Iyer Sanju Samson (36) got good support here and both shared a 94-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Samson once again missed the half-century but he hit many good shots in his 38-ball innings. During this, Iyer became only the second batsman to play four consecutive innings of more than 50 runs in New Zealand. Before this, only Rameez Raja has done this in New Zealand.