NZ vs Ind 1st ODI: Kiwis draw first blood
Virat Kohli's crackling ton was no respite for Team India who went down against hosts New Zealand by 24 runs in the 1st ODI at Napier on Sunday.
Electing to field first, India had the Kiwis under control at the start of the innings, with Mohammed Shami picking timely wickets of both openers, Jesse Ryder (18) and Martin Guptill (8) inside 10 overs. However, young Kane Williamson (71) and Ross Taylor (55) held their side with a firm 3rd wicket partnership that added 121 crucial runs to the New Zealand total. Williamson then fell to Jadeja's spin, followed by Taylor whose fighting knock was ended by Shami.
Skipper Brendon McCullum chipped in with 30-odd runs but the spotlight was on Corey Anderson, who hit an unbeaten 40-ball 68. His sizzling cameo consisted of 3 fours and 4 sixes and along with Luke Ronchi (30), Anderson stitched a 66-run stand for the 6th wicket. New Zealand put up a strong total of 292/7 in 50 overs. Shami finished with impressive figures of 4/55.
For the hosts, Mitchell McClenaghan starred with the ball, removing opener Rohit Sharma (3) first up. Southpaw Shikhar Dhawan was then dismissed by Anderson and India were in a spot of bother in the 19th over. Virat Kohli (123) once again anchored the chase, reaching his 18th ODI century and his first in New Zealand. Couple of quick wickets in the middle-order left the visitors struggling, but captain MS Dhoni (40) walked in to some relief, adding 95 runs for 5th wicket with Kohli.
But the Dhoni show didn't last long enough, as he nicked one to Ronchi off McClenaghan, followed by Kohli who departed to a full toss off the same bowler. India were 237/7 in the 45th over, staring at a huge defeat. The lower order collapsed and India were all out for 268, conceding a 24-run defeat to New Zealand.
With a lead of 1-0, the Kiwis will now be a confident lot as they go in to the 2nd ODI at Hamilton on January 22.