Ross Taylor | Tom Latham |
New Zealand cricketers chasing the total in Wankhede ODI. Image Courtesy: Twitter

Virat Kohli’s 31st ODI century went in vain, as Tom Latham scored his fourth ODI century to guide his team to a comprehensive six-wicket win over the hosts in the first ODI.

New Zealand won the match by six wickets, courtesy a brilliant 200-run fourth wicket partnership between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.

India won the toss and chose to bat first and made one change in the playing XI, as Dinesh Karthik replaced Manish Pandey in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. India posted 280/8 in 50 overs in the first innings, thanks to a gutsy 121 run innings by the skipper Virat Kohli.

Trent Boult rammed through the Indian top order, as he picked both the openers early in the innings. He finished with an impressive bowling figure of four for 35 in his quota of ten overs. Tim Southee also picked up three wickets but gave away 73 runs.

In the second innings, New Zealand’s openers gave them a solid start, as Martin Guptill scored 32 and Colin Munro scored 28 runs. Tom Latham then scored a brilliant knock of 103 and Taylor fell just short of a well-deserved century on 95. New Zealand now takes a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series.

Here is what New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said in the post-match presentation.

“Brilliant performance. The way we set the tone with the new ball was outstanding. We stuck it out well throughout that innings. Great hundred from Virat, becoming fairly normal. And then to see a partnership like that.. one of the best chases I’ve seen during my time in the Black Caps. The bowling performance in this humidity was a great effort and the lads stuck to the task. The way Tom and Ross controlled the innings was superb. 200-run partnership was a special, special partnership. You want to take the game deep over here. There were still a few more batsmen in the shed. A great team performance today. Very challenging weather. Have been here for close to two weeks now. Guys had a great attitude, stuck to the task well.”

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