India V/S New Zealand: First Match First win For India in ODI series
Match lacked enthusiasm
India V/S New Zealand: First Match First win For India in ODI series :- The first match of the one-day series of five-match here at the HPCA Stadium with a panoramic view had failed to generate the same kind of excitement on the field. As the enthusiasm of watching the game in the hilly area was further missing as only a few local cricket followers made it to the stadium on Sunday
Moreover, the lack of a contest put up by New Zealand had made it further disappointing.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni has passed his first test with ease by defeating the Kiwis by six wickets in the first one-day international, which was also India’s 900th ODI.
Whereas, the visitors did not seem to have learnt from their failures in the Test series, as the entire top order had failed to apply themselves on a batting beauty, barring the opener Tom Latham.
Though, New Zealand recovered well to reach 190, but it was never a challenge for a batting line-up that comprised the Sharmas, Kohlis, Rahanes and Dhonis.
Latham (79), who was the 10th batsman to carry his bat through an ODI innings, and tailender Tim Southee (55) seemed to be the only bright spots in an otherwise hopeless outing for the visitors.
Kohli punished the Kiwi bowlers
In reply to New Zealand’s innings, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma had put up a 49-run first-wicket partnership in order to ensure a smooth passage for the middle-order.
Virat Kohli had continued from where he left in the Indore Test and punished the Kiwi bowlers by further hitting an unbeaten 85 off just 81 balls.
Never during his stay on the wicket did India face any challenge. His innings also comprised some glorious cover drives and back-foot punches were a treat to watch as India has reached home in just 33.1 overs. In fact, Kohli hit the left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner for a six over sightscreen to complete the formalities.
Asked to bat first by Dhoni, the Black Caps stumbled to 65/7. It was even more surprising as the collapse was triggered by a debutant seamer — Hardik Pandya.
On a pitch that had offered a good bounce, Pandya and his new-ball partner Umesh Yadav did well to further quickly remove the top order. If Yadav sent back skipper Kane Williamson (3) and Ross Taylor (0), then Pandya hit the Kiwis harder by removing the dangerous Martin Guptill (12), Corey Anderson (4) and Luke Ronchi (0).
Even part-time off-spinner Kedar Jadhav made a serious dent into the chances of any Kiwi revival by dismissing James Neesham and Mitchell Santner off their successive deliveries. Latham, who held his fort from one end, was helplessly watching the wickets fall at regular intervals on the other. The only thing he needed was a decent backing from the other side and that was further provided by Southee.
Southee should be thanking Yadav for letting him off when was batting at two by Bumrah. Otherwise, he was the only New Zealand batsman to pose any threat to the Indian team. In his 55-run knock, he hit three towering sixes, the one off Axar Patel was so huge that it did climbed onto the rooftop of the media end. Both teams will now be travelling to Delhi for their next encounter on October 20.