The Men in Blue have played some terrific brand of cricket in the recent past and will look to continue their winning momentum in the ODI series against New Zealand which has started on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Winning the toss, Team India skipper Virat Kohli elected to bat first given the fact the Wankhede surface is a batting paradise, and it was the same ground where South Africa scored 438 a couple of years back.
The hosts expected a solid start from their experienced opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, but it wasn’t to be. Both fell early and executing some good shots. While Dhawan smashed an eye-catching cover drive, Rohit was lucky to smash two sixes in the fine leg region of the bowling of Tim Southee, as it missed the fielder stationed at the boundary ropes by nearly 6 and 10 inches, respectively.
Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav then tried to rebuild the innings but left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner sent Kedar back to the pavilion. It was a strange shot from the right-hander, as he chipped a delivery which stopped on him straight back to the bowler. Dinesh Karthik who made a comeback in the playing XI played some delightful shots and shared a crucial stand with his skipper.
India’s 4th wicket fell at the score of 144 and out came former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni to join the current captain in the middle. Over the years there has been a great mutual respect for each other, and the two most experienced batsmen in the team set their hopes of resurrecting the innings.
In a video posted by the BCCI on their official twitter handle, Kohli is seen checking whether something went inside Dhoni’s eyes. The video went viral with a caption, The Bromance #TeamIndia #INDvNZ”.
Meanwhile, thanks to Virat Kohli’s 31st ODI hundred and some late blitz from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India scored 280 for eight in 50 overs. Virat with the help of this hundred has now surpassed Ricky Ponting’s record of 30 ODI centuries and stands second on the list of most ODI hundreds by a batsman after maestro Sachin Tendulkar (49).
Also, he became only the second player ever to score a hundred in his 200th ODI, after Ab de Villiers.
— BCCI (@BCCI) October 22, 2017