Source: News Bharati English17 Oct 2016 09:07:12
Dharamsala, October 17: Continuing a strong performance post the winning the Test series, Indian team defeated the New Zealand in the first ODI by 6 wickets. Restricting visitors to a low total of 190 all-out, the Dhoni’s team achieved the target with a total of 190/4. Virat Kohli kept his great form and scored 85* to surpass the target with a six in the end.
For New Zealand, the six batsmen were out for single-digit scores. The first bad omen would have been the side losing the toss for the fourth consecutive time on tour. India immediately opted to bowl, keeping the dew factor in mind and wanting to exploit the early seam movement. The plan worked even better than it would have expected as it bowled out New Zealand for a measly 190.
Tim Southee blasted a career best 55 from 45 balls late on and between he and Latham, the BLACKCAPS scrapped to 190. Opener Tom Latham was almost a lone soldier in the batting department, making an unbeaten 79 and becoming the first NZ opener to end as the not out batsman (and 10th amongst all countries).
Hardik Pandya grabbed 3 for 31 on debut and Amit Mishra took 3 for 49, but there was nothing too hot to handle from the bowlers. After a 3-0 mauling in the Test series, New Zealand's batsmen were simply thrice bitten, four times shy.
Debutant Kedar Jadhav graced the moment with claiming 2 back-to-back wickets creating a chance for hat trick. However, he had to settle with 2 wickets. Two disappointment moments for India was when two easy catches were dropped. First was the Kedar Jadhav’s miss at the mid—on and 2nd was missed by Umeash Yadav at third man.
Injuries to India's regular opening batsmen forced Ajinkya Rahane to open the innings, but instead of allowing Rohit Sharma to take the lead, he took it upon himself to set the tone of the chase. Swatting two sixes off Doug Bracewell, Rahane immediately put New Zealand on notice.
Bracewell got Rohit out early lbw for 14, but that only brought Kohli to the crease and with that entry came an unspoken warning that if the visitor didn't get him out soon, the match would be over in a jiffy. Kolhi’s ODI record speaks for itself - an impressive 25 centuries and, after this match, 37 half-centuries. He guided his side through to the end in what was a chance-less display with the bat.
Tim Southee, having been a beneficiary of some generosity from the Indian fielders earlier in the game, repaid the favour, dropping a catch off his own bowling when Kohli was on 60. It hardly would have made much of a difference had the catch been taken, with India needing 33 runs from 22.3 overs and enough wickets in hand, but the crowd would have been pleased nonetheless to be treated to more silken strokes from Kohli.
It was a fact that India quickly cottoned onto and with Virat Kohli (85 not out off 81 balls) on auto-pilot mode in the chase hitting nine fours and one six, the match was only going to end one way. He didn't disappoint, finishing the game off in style, belting a six over the bowler’s head to take India to 194 for 4.
The end, swift though it was, might have come even faster for New Zealand had it not been for fifties from Tom Latham (79 not out off 98 balls) and Southee (55 off 45 balls), the two men at either end of the batting line-up. Latham, the only visiting batsman to hit a fifty in each of the three Tests that preceded the ODIs, became the first player from his country to carry his bat, hitting seven fours and one six.