Hamilton, Feb 5: Veteran batsman Ross Taylor slammed his career's 21st ODI century and guided New Zealand to a big four-wicket win over India in the opening ODI of the three-match series here at Seddon Park on Wednesday (February 5).
Chasing a big total of 348, the Blackcaps went about their business in the run chase exceedingly well as they reached home with 11 balls to spare. This was therefore, the second-highest successful run chase in the ODIs and at no stage in the run chase, New Zealand looked in much trouble. While they lost a few wickets in the death overs which once again brought back the haunting memories of defeats in the last three games of the five-match series between these two sides last week.
However, Taylor - who remained unbeaten on 109 in this game - ensured the hosts do not end up on the losing side in this game. Henry Nicholls and stand-in captain Tom Latham also struck brilliant half-centuries to help the hosts in the run chase.
Earlier, Shreyas Iyer slammed his maiden ODI century, KL Rahul's unbeaten 88 along with the exploits of Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav's cameo propelled the visitors to a respectable 347/4 in stipulated 50 overs.
Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal made their ODI debuts and gave the tourists a good start after being invited to bat first. The duo were dismissed in the first powerplay despite getting off to a good start. Despite not much assistance from the surface, the Kiwi bowlers ensured Indians do not post too big a target. In the end, the target of 348 looked ridiculously easy for the hosts.
Here's how the 1st ODI panned out:
Tom Latham | New Zealand captain: A great performance from the guys. It was nice to keep our composure at the end and get across the line. For us it was about building partnerships. The total was a litte more than what we would have liked to chase. But we managed to get off to a good start and keep wickets in hand. We saw how hard it was to defend with the left-right combination. It's nice to make winning contributions. The way Ross played was fantastic. We weren't quite where we wanted to be with the ball. So we got to improve and hopefully we will play the perfect game at Eden Park.
Virat Kohli | India captain: An oustanding performance from New Zealand. We thought 347 was good enough, especially after the start we got with the ball. I think Tom's innings took the game away from us. We were decent in the field, we dropped one chance. We need to improve though. I got to say that the opposition played better than us today. Both new openers gave us a good start, hope they continue to do the same. Shreyas's hundred was outstanding and KL was really good as well.
Ross Taylor | Player of the Match: It was nice to get across the line. Restricting them under 350 gave us a chance. We were fortunate with the left-right hand combination and we were able to target the short leg-side boundary. It's been a happy hunting ground for me. It was nice to be there at the end after I got out thrice towards the end in the T20 series.
And they've won!! New Zealand have beaten India by 4 wickets to take 1-0 lead in the 3-match series. Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls played brilliantly in the run chase. This is their second-highest successful run chase in the ODIs.
New Zealand reach 347/6 in 48 overs. They need 1 off 12 deliveries. Finally, their wait for a win will finally come to an end today
Four! Santner gets a boundary off Thakur. They need 3 more to win
SIX!! Mitchell Santer pulls Shardul and gets a maximum. Both Shardul and Santner play for CSK in the IPL, Santner knows him well.
Bumrah concedes just 3 from his final over. NZ reach 334/6 in 47 overs. New Zealand require 14 runs from 18 deliveries.
Wicket! Colin de Grandhomme (1) is run out by Shreyas Iyer/Virat Kohli. He was responding to the call from Taylor to take a quick double but the throw from Iyer was accurate and all Kohli needed to do was dislogde the bails. NZ - 331/6 in 46 overs. They need 17 from 24 deliveries.
Wicket! Jimmy Neesham (9) hits Shami but fails to connect it well. Kedar Jadhav takes another well-judged catch in the deep. NZ - 328/5 in 45.2 overs. But Taylor is still out there. Only 20 is required from 28 deliveries.
100!! Ross Taylor slams his 21st ODI Century off 72 deliveries and in all probability this will end up in a winning cause. Remember he was given a a reprieve by the tourists when he was batting at 10.
New Zealand reach 311/4 in 42 overs. They require another 37 off 42 deliveries
Wicket! Tom Latham (69) departs as he's caught by Shami and Kuldeep gets a wicket. The century stand comes to an end, but the Kiwis are under cruise control in this run chase.
In 2017 when India played the opening ODI against the Kiwis at Seddon Park the hosts chased down the target comfortably. Tom Latham (103*) & Ross Taylor (95) stitched a 200-run partnership and gave the hosts a 6-wicket win. India had set a target of 281 which the hosts chased down comfortably.
300 up for New Zealand in the 41st over itself. The hosts are cruising and even Jasprit Bumrah isn't looking in his elements today.
0, 6, 1, Nb, 6, 4, 4! 22 runs came from that Shardul Thakur over and New Zealand reach 292/3 in 40 overs. They require another 56 runs off 60 deliveries to win. This looks like a cakewalk for the hosts.
Free Hit & SIX!! Ross Taylor is playing a marvellous inning here. Shardul is bowling another expensive over.
100-run partnership between Latham and Taylor. These two are bossing in the run chase and Indians are on the backfoot. NZ - 278/3 in 39.3 overs.
Latham has been sensational! Terrific from NZ to put up such a sterling show after being routed in the T20s and without Williamson today— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 5, 2020
Four! Captain Tom Latham brings up his fifty off just 38 deliveries.
Another big over from New Zealand's perspective. Taylor and Latham milked 15 from it. NZ reach 250/3 in 37 overs. They require 98 from 78 balls.
13 runs came from Mohd Shami's over. New Zealand reach 235/3 in 36 overs. They are cruising at the moment in this run chase.
Four, Four! Back-to-back pull shots from Tom Latham off Shardul Thakur and New Zealand reach 222/3 in 35 overs. Latham is playing a gem of an innings.
50! Ross Taylor brings up another fine half-century. He's faced just 45 balls.
SIX!! Tom Latham sweeps Kuldeep Yadav and gets a maximum. This also brings up 200 for New Zealand in the run chase.
SIX!! Ross Taylor ends the Shardul Thakur over long-on for a maximum. He's moved on to 48*.
Expensive over from India's perspective as Kuldeep concedes 11 runs from it. NZ reach 189/3 in 32 overs.
Wicket! Another sensational piece of fielding from captain Kohli and he runs out Henry Nicholls for 78. NZ - 171/3 in 28.3 overs.
Partnership between Nicholls and Taylor is worth 55 as NZ reach 164/2 in 28 overs. Kohli has introduced Jasprit Bumrah to get a breakthrough.
New Zealand reach 156/2 after 26 overs. India were 139/2 at his stage. NZ are going well in the run chase.
Both the batsmen have decided to attack Kuldeep Yadav as they collected 15 runs from that over bowled by the Chinaman. NZ reach 140/2 after 24 overs.
Dropped! Ross Taylor survives on 10 as he top-edged Ravindra Jadeja while trying a sweep shot. Kuldeep Yadav covered a lot of ground to reach to the ball but couldn't catch it running backwards. If only Jadeja was there under the ball!
Wicket! Lightning-quick KL Rahul stumps Tom Blundell for 9. The batsman went after the ball from Kuldeep Yadav to hit it but missed it completely and the wicketkeeper was quick to disloge the bails. Kuldeep gets his first wicket. New Zealand - 109/2 in 19.1 overs.
100 up for New Zealand in 18th over. They are going well in the run chase at the moment.
50 for Henry Nicholls. It came off 60 deliveries. This has been a fine innings from the southpaw. New Zealand nearing hundred as well.
Wicket! Martin Guptill (32) hits Shardul Thakur towards cover but didn't connect it well. Kedar Jadhav took a brilliant running catch to give his team the breakthrough they were looking for. NZ - 85/1 in 15.4 overs.
4,1,4! Guptill and Nicholls are shifting gears now. They've got 9 runs off 3 deliveries from Jadeja.
After 14 overs, New Zealand are 71/0. The openers Martin Guptill (25*) and Henry Nicholls (36*) have denied India their wickets and will now look to capitalise upon the start they've got.
Confident start for the Kiwis in the run chase as their openers have added 45 runs between themselves in 9 overs. Indian bowlers haven't got any success against Guptill and Nicholls so far. NZ - 45/0 after 9 overs.
10 runs leaked by Shami from that over and New Zealand have reached 43/0 after 7 overs. Guptill and Nicholls are looking in fine touch now.
11 runs conceded by Shami from that over and New Zealand reach 23/0 after 4 overs.
Not Out! Henry Nicholls uses DRS to perfection and over turns his LBW dismissal. The ball-tracking showed the ball was moving way above the stumps.
New Zealand reach 13/0 after 3 overs. Guptill and Nicholls are batting with caution against Shami and Bumrah.
New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls are into the middle to start run chase.
Brilliant final over from Bennett as he concedes just 7 off it. But India still manage to post 347/4 in 50 overs. KL Rahul - 88* and Kedar Jadhav - 26* did well to take India to a respectable total. This has been a fine performance from India's batting order. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal missed the chance to score big on debut, so does Kohli - who was dismissed for 51. But Iyer and Rahul played brilliantly to help their team post a decent total on a pitch that doesn't have much for the bowlers.
50-run partnership between KL Rahul and Kedar Jadhav.
SIX!! KL Rahul reverse-sweeps Jimmy Neesham and gets a maximum. Brilliant shot. India reach 340/4 in 49 overs. Rahul moves on to 86. Jadhav is on strike.
Four! Brilliant one-handed shot from Jadhav over covers off Neesham. The bowler couldn't believe how the batsman got a boundary on it.
Four! Rahul ends the over with a boundary. 20 runs came from that Southee over and India reach 326/4 in 48 overs. 12 balls to go.
Four! Jadhav follows it up with another boundary. Tim Southee is under pressure. India reach 321/4 in 47.4 overs.
Four, SIX!! Kedar Jadhav too joins the party as he attacks Tim Southee.
Four! KL Rahul plays a brilliant ramp shot and gets a boundary off Bennett. India reach 303/4.
Wicket! Shreyas Iyer (103) looks to go big but fails to time it well and Mitchell Santner takes a simple catch in the cover region off Southee. India - 292/4 in 45.3 overs.
India reach 291/3 after 45 overs. 5 more overs to go and the tourists would now be looking to finish it with a flourish. Hosts, on the other hand, have a chance to get some wickets and restrict India to as low as possible.
KL Rahul pulls Neesham for a maximum on the final ball of his over. India reach 285/3 after 44 overs.
CENTURY!! Shreyas Iyer brings up his maiden ODI ton off 101 deliveries. Well deserved ton as he had his share of luck.
Fifty! In-form KL Rahul brings up another fine half-century. This is his 7th ODI fifty.
India reach 271/3 in 42 overs. Shreyas Iyer - 98* and KL Rahul - 49* are present into the middle. Rahul will be on strike in the next over.
Four! Iyer gets a boundary off Neesham and he moves into the 90s.
100-run partnership between KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer. They should look to carry it on. NZ desperately need a breakthrough.
Dropped! Shreyas Iyer gets a breather at 83 as Colin de Grandhomme fails to catch a sitter at long-off. Santner almost had the batsman.
250 up for India with a single from Shreyas Iyer in 40th over.
Shreyas is under some pain and the physio is on the pitch to attend him. After some treatment, he's resumed batting and hits another boundary. He moves into the 80s.
Four, Four! Back-to-back boundaries by Shreyas Iyer off Tim Southee.
SIX, SIX!! KL Rahul is hitting maximums in a pair. Once again he hammers a couple of consecutive maximums. This time it was Tim Southee at the receiving end. India - 234/3 after 38 overs.
SIX!! Lovely extension of the arms from Shreyas Iyer off Bennett and the ball sails over long-on to get his first maximum of the innings. Superb shot this. India reach 207/3 after 36 overs.
200 up! KL Rahul taps the ball and gets a single to bring 200 up for his team. They are going at 5.63 runs per over at the moment.
India have reached 199/3 after 35 overs. This looks like a decent batting pitch, the tourists will have to figure out what is going to be a good total here to post.
Six, Six! Back-to-back maximums from KL Rahul against Ish Sodhi. The first one was hit over long-off and the second one was hammered over long-on region for maximum result.
Big Wicket! Ish Sodhi breaches Virat Kohli's defence and dismisses the Indian captain for 51. Kohli too couldn't believe his eyes as he was outfoxed by the googly. India - 156/3 after 28.4 overs.
Sodhi gets breakthru Kiwis needed so badly with a splendid googly. Not often you see Kohli bamboozled. Opens up the match— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) February 5, 2020
Fifty! Virat Kohli brings up a composed fifty off 61 deliveries. This is his 58th ODI half-century.
Four! Shreyas Iyer cuts it towards third man region and the ball races to the boundary. India - 149/2 after 27 overs.
Four! It has class written all over. Virat Kohli's trademark cover drive and all Bennett and rest of the NZ players could do was admire the stroke.
Four! Virat Kohli hits Colin de Grandhomme straight down and gets a boundary. India reach 123/2 after 23 overs.
Spin into the attack! Mitchell Santner bowls the 22nd over. India reach 115/2.
100 up for India in 19.1 overs. Kohli and Iyer will be looking to take the tourists ahead. The Kiwi pacers are bowling well but these two have notched up the 50-run stand between them.
Lucky! Shreyas Iyer once again finds him lucky as the fielder at mid-off fails to hold on to a catch inside the circle. The ball races towards the boundary.
Dropped! Shreyas Iyer survives at 8 as Ross Taylor fails to catch a tough one at backward point. Neesham isn't happy. Iyer is not looking in his zone, he's struggling. India - 93/2 after 18 overs.
Four! Kohli punches the ball from Colin de Grandhomme towards extra cover and gets a boundary. Fantastic shot from the skipper.
Four! Shreyas Iyer gets a boundary off Colin de Grandhomme towards deep point. This is the first boundary from the Mumbaikar.
Four! Free-Hit delivery from Neesham and Kohli hits him straight towards mid-off boundary.
After 13 overs, India reach 62/2. Kohli and Iyer are looking to settle down as Colin de Grandhomme and Jimmy Neesham are bowling at the right line and length.
Two new men into the middle for India and they will have to bat with caution. New Zealand couldn't have asked for a better thing after the Indian openers pushed them on the back foot.
Wicket! Mayank Agarwal (32) too perishes in the next over. The debutant looked to slice the ball towards gully off Southee but sends it right into the hands of Tom Blundell at backwards point. India - 54/2 in 8.4 overs.
Wicket! Prithvi Shaw (20) edges Colin de Grandhomme and Tom Latham takes an easy catch behind the stumps. India lose their first wicket after getting a 50-run opening stand. India - 50/1
Fifty up for India in the 8th over of the game
Not Out! New Zealand go upstairs to review the LBW appeal against Mayank Agarwal which Tim Southee was convinced. The ball-tracking ruled umpire's call so Mayank is lucky to survive this time as he escapes narrowly. India - 26/0 after 5 overs.
Four! First boundary from Mayank Agarwal straight down the ground against Southee. This is his first four in the ODIs.
End of the second over and India reach 6/0. Shaw and Agarwal both got their first runs the ODIs. Their nerves must have settled down a bit.
Shaw too gets off the mark with a double off Bennett as he punches the ball towards the cover region and comfortably gets a double.
Hamish Bennett bowls the second over to another debutant Mayank Agarwal and the batsman gets off the mark immediately with a single by pushing the ball towards on-side. First runs for India as well.
Southee starts with a maiden over as Prithvi Shaw plays his first over in ODI cricket. India - 0/0 after 1st over.
Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal are into the middle to start batting for India. Tim Southee starts with the first new ball. Prithvi takes the strike.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham(w/c), Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett.
India (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah.
Toss Update: New Zealand captain Tom Latham has won the toss and elected to bowl first. India will bat first as Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal get their ODI debut caps.
VVS Laxman with pitch report and ground dimensions: There's only a 55 metre boundary on one side with the breeze. It looks a good batting surface with the sun out. It's dry with no grass cover. As the match progresses, spinners will come into play. With one shorter boundary there will be plenty of runs scored, he adds. It's also a kind of soil that also offers a bit of bounce.
Hello and welcome to the first ODI between India and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.