Last time India met New Zealand, it was the 2019 World Cup semi-finals. New Zealand turned out victorious then and now as well as they chased a huge total to win the 1st ODI.
New Zealand won the toss and put India to bat first. Wicket-keeper batsman Tom Latham was leading the Kiwis from the front. Both of the Indian openers, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal were debuting for India in the ODIs. Creating not much of an impact, the youngsters put up a 50-run partnership for the 1st wicket before getting out quickly. The Indian Captain Virat Kohli and youngster Shreyas Iyer put up a 150-run partnership. Virat gave his wicket away to Ish Sodhi after reaching his 58th half-century.
Shreyas Iyer went on to hit his maiden ODI century. Iyer was dismissed by Tim Southee as soon as he reached his century. Then for the final overs, KL Rahul did most of the contribution with a little part of runs from Kedhar Jadhav. Rahul hit 88 runs off 64 balls including 3 fours and 6 sixes. Quick runs from both end took India to 347 runs losing just 4 wickets.
With 348 runs as target, New Zealand started their 2nd innings with their usual opening pair.
Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls opened the innings for the Kiwis. They put up an almost-100 (85 runs) partnership with Guptill losing his wicket to Shardul Thakur. Nicholls went on to score a well-paced 78 and was run-out by Virat Kohli. With Kane Williamson’s absence, Ross Taylor took the responsibility and slowly took New Zealand to the desired target.
Ross Taylor and Tom Latham put up a 138-run partnership for the 4th wicket. Taylor went on to hit a well-built century. With Latham losing his wicket after his half-century, the Black Caps needed 39 runs off 50 balls. After losing two successive wickets quickly, NZ reached their target in the 48th over with 11 balls left and 4 wickets in hand.
Eventhough Rohit Sharma was out due to injury, India put up a very good total. But the bowlers failed to defend it, even with Bumrah in the team. Both Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav had the highest economy for India. Should India focus more on bowling in pressure? Express your views in the comments.