New Zealand defeated India by six wickets in the first ODI at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, courtesy a brilliant 200-run partnership between Ross Taylor and Tom Latham.
Virat Kohli scored his 31st ODI century and surpassed Ricky Ponting on the all-time list of most hundreds by a batsman in ODI’s. However, his ton went in vain, as Tom Latham scored his fourth ODI century to guide his team to a comprehensive win over the hosts in Mumbai.
India posted 280/8 in 50 overs in the first innings, courtesy a brilliant century by the Indian skipper. Kohli scored 121 off 125 deliveries and was the only Indian batsman to go past 50 runs. Helpful contributions were made by Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni, as the two scored 37 and 25, respectively. Trent Boult ripped through the Indian top order, as he picked up the Indian openers early on in the innings.
Boult finished with the figures of four for 35 in his ten overs. Tim Southee also picked up three wickets but gave away 73 runs in his ten overs.
Ross Taylor was dismissed just before a well-deserved hundred, as he scored 95 and guided the Kiwis to a win along with their new number five Tom Latham. Here is what Virat Kohli said in the post-match presentation.
“On a personal note, the knock was pretty satisfying. 275+ was good on that wicket, but NZ batted really well in the second half. Ross and Tom were outstanding; they deserved to win today. Putting the dew into perspective in the last 13-14 overs, we were definitely some runs short. Would have liked to have a better batting performance. However, from where we were, 280 was a competitive score. They tackled our spinners really well. They picked their areas. Credit to them. Tom especially. Enjoyed watching him. Trent also bowled really well. The wicket had enough bounce and turn. If the game had drifted away from us earlier, we could have brought Kedar in. But as it was, we didn’t feel the need.”