India were comprehensively defeated by New Zealand in the first match of the three ODI series in Auckland. multiplication first, India He scored a total of 306, but was unable to defend that total as New Zealand dismissed them completely from the match. The hosts rode over 200 stops between Kane Williamson and Tom Latham, chasing down the target with three runs to spare.
In the end, India’s skipper Shekhar Dhawan stated that the bowlers had erred in their lengths.
“We were satisfied with the total. The first 10-15 passes on the ball did a lot. It is a little different from other reasons. You should plan accordingly. Today we bowled a short distance and Latham attacked us there. That’s where we got away from the game especially in the 40th,” he told the host announcers after the match.
“This is where the momentum shifted. I really enjoy playing here. I would have been happier if we had won but that’s part and parcel. They are all young boys and a lot to learn for them. The bowling side and the fielding side too (what areas need improvement?). We need to carry out our plans more wisely and make sure we don’t let the batsmen play to their strength.”
At the end of the 39th over, New Zealand needed 91 off 66 balls at approximately 8.30 runs. Shardul Thakur (1/63) completed a forgotten 40, and the hosts were in complete control of the game, with Latham amassing 25 runs with the help of fours, fours and a six.
This swung the game in New Zealand’s favor as the visitors struggled to contain Latham, who ran for the win.
Latham’s batting innings included as many as 19 boundaries and five sixes, while Williamson hit seven fours and a maximum four.
Tearaway pacer Imran Malik (2/66) made his presence felt on debut with his Thunderbolts after an impressive display by the Indian batsmen, although the youngster from Jammu proved costly.
Coming off a first-ball duck, Shreyas Iyer found elegant form for a half-century before Washington Sundar sparkled in a 16-ball 37 to guide India to a competitive total.
Besides Iyer’s 76-ball 80, Shikhar Dhawan (72 off 77 balls) and Shubman Gill (50 off 65), also hit fluent fifties after the tourists were sent out to bat.
Imran took his first ODI wicket when Devon Conway went wide from a fast delivery, only for an outside advantage for Rishabh Pant to complete an easy catch.
Daryl Mitchell became Imran’s second victim when he slashed one of them towards a deep point. It wasn’t one of his best deliveries that day, but the pressure he put in with his pace definitely helped him get wickets.
However, Williamson and Latham rallied to lift the Kiwis to victory with a great partnership, leaving the Indians stunned.
Earlier, Sundar smashed three sixes and four fours to support India at the death, while Iyer hit four fours and four boundaries, having come into the game after his duck in the T20 International final two days earlier.