New Zealand easily chased down 281 runs target against India in a first ODI international of three-match series. This was the highest run chase by any team at the Wankhede stadium and the highest successful run chase against India by New Zealand. The highlight of the New Zealand inning was fourth wicket 200-run partnership between Ross Taylor and TWM Latham. Latham scored fourth century of his career and hit two 6’s and eight 4’s in his innings. All the New Zealand batsmen contributed in the chase except the captain Williamson who scored 6 runs.
Earlier, New Zealand were asked to bowl after the Indian captain Virat Kohli won the toss. New Zealand bowlers got the wickets of Indian openers early and didn’t let the middle order batsmen score freely. Trent Boult bowled beautifully and took 4 for 35 and got full support from Tim Southee who took the wickets of set batsmen Virat Kohli and Dinesh Karthik and finished 3 for 73 in 10 overs of his bowling quota. India managed to score 280 runs for the loss of eight wickets.
India started their innings with openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, however, Dhawan fell early followed by Rohit Sharma. The Indian innings was all Virat Kohli’s show who scored a magnificent century scoring 121 runs of 125 balls. But, the rest of the Indian batsmen couldn’t break free on a slow pitch and none of them scored a half century, the second highest score of the innings was 37 from Dinesh Karthik. Despite the not so great performance from the middle order batsmen of Indian team, they still managed to reach 280 runs which was a par score on the surface.
Indian bowlers bowled good lines and lengths early in the innings followed by the spinners Kuldeep Yadav and YS Chahal but with no luck. Kuldeep and Chahal conceded 115 runs in their twenty overs and claimed only one wicket. Spin is one of the area in which India do well against visiting sides on home soil, but it wasn’t the case this time.
New Zealand will feel confident winning the series after winning the first match of the series. India on the other hand has no room for error now in a three-match series and one bad performance can end their wonderful run in the ODI’s.