Williamson, Latham’s formidable partnership strikes India and New Zealand win by seven wickets
Team India The ODI series against New Zealand started disappointingly, losing the opening match by seven wickets in Auckland on Friday. The batting display of the likes of Shekhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer was overshadowed by century Tom Latham and flexibility by Kane Williamson in the first innings. Although The Men in Blue got off to an impressive start while defending a challenging total of 306, the Indians bowlers looked small in front of a massive 221-run stand between the Kiwi pair for the fourth wicket. It was only the second time New Zealand had successfully bowled over 300 against India in ODIs. The Black Caps took a 1-0 lead in the series, with two more games remaining.
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After scoring a run of 307, India took off magnificently with the ball. Shardul Thakur provided an early breakthrough by getting the slot Fin Allen caught behind the stumps on the 8thThe tenth During. Debutant Imran Malik, on the other hand, hooked the Rockets to start his ODI career in style. Not only did he often clock over 150 hours on the speedometer, but he also put his first wicket into the format very quickly.
He removed Devin Conway at 16The tenth over and back to finish Daryl Mitchell’s innings in the 20thThe tenth. Three quick losses added to the pressure on the New Zealanders, but Williamson and Latham had other plans that completely prevailed amid India’s sloppy serve.
The duo united and wrote New Zealand’s victory. Latham scored top with an unbeaten 145 from just 104 deliveries. He knocked 5 sixes and 19 boundaries during his stay in the middle. Williamson also upped the ante with his A game after a long time. The Black Caps captain scored 94 not out from 98 deliveries with the help of 7 boundaries and a six.
Earlier, Shreyas Iyer found fine half-century form before Washington Sundar batted a 16-ball 37 to guide India to a competitive 306 for seven. Reserve captain Shikhar Dhawan scored 72 off 77 balls while Gill also hit 50 off 65 after the tourists were sent in to bat.
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Sundar smashed three fours, six and fours to support India at the death, while Iyer hit four maximums and four boundaries, having come into the game after his duck in the international T20 final two days earlier.
New Zealand decided to field first after winning the toss, and while Kane Williamson’s bowlers prevented the Indians from going down to the flyer, captains Dhawan and Gill opened after being watchful.
Pant fell early in the match which introduced centre-forward man, Suryakumar Yadav, who came off the mark with a superb cover. But, two balls later, he was walking back to the dressing room after edging Allen’s graceful Ferguson at first slip.
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But the duo of Iyer and Sanju Smason (36 off 38 balls) put together a 94-run partnership to steady the ship until the latter fell to a fine catch by Glenn Phillips.
While he was out, Iyer became only the second batsman after Ramiz Raja to score four or more consecutive 50-plus scores in New Zealand.
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