In Hamilton, New Zealand has played remarkably well in the first ODI match against India. Though, there were threats of super over in the Twenty20 International series. But this time Kiwi didn’t take the pressure and played patiently in the 50-over format. Thus, the hosts registered their victory by four wickets to begin the ODI series on a winning note.
Asked to bat first, the Men in Blue set the target of 348 runs for the Black Caps. India’s opener Prithvi Shaw and Mayan Agarwal played their maiden ODI for Team India. Both the batsman could not set a long partnership following a decent start. Within 9th over, both the debutant lost their wickets.
Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul’s knock went into vain:
Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer gave stability before their 102-run partnership was broken by the spinner Ish Sodhi as he took the wicket of the skipper. Kohli was out after scoring a fine half-century. Whereas, Iyer continued building a solid partnership with the wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul.
Soon, the Mumbai player after scoring his first ODI century lost his wicket. While KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 88. Also, Kedar Jadhav contributed 26 runs off 15 balls in letting India set a fighting target.
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor partnership led New Zealand to chase the mammoth target:
The huge target also looked small in front of the Kiwis. Though, at the start, New Zealand batsman looked in a hurry. Martin Guptill lost his wicket after scoring 32 runs. While Kane Williamson being ruled out, Tom Blundell came to bat at No.3. He also lost his wicket within 20 overs.
But the captain Tom Latham and the star player Ross Taylor took the charge of the game. Taylor went on to score his 21st century. Whereas, Latham scored 69 off 48 balls, striking four fours and two maximum. Taylors unbeaten 109 runs saw Kiwis chasing the target with ease in 48.1 overs.
Indian bowler Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul Thakur were badly thrashed by the Kiwis. Left-arm spinner picked two wickets at the economy rate of 8.4. While Shardul Thakur picked one wicket at an economy rate of 8.9.
After India lost the first ODI match, Shardul Thakur was badly trolled. Moreover, fans didn’t leave to troll the whole bowling department of India.
Here are some of the twitter reactions after India’s loss in the first ODI match against New Zealand in Hamilton:
— वंडरबॉय मुन्ना (@FasterMK) February 5, 2020
— Prathamesh Padwal (@hippoprathamesh) February 5, 2020
— Harshvardhan Agrawal (@Harsh_humour) February 5, 2020
— Kuptaan ?? (@Kuptaan) February 5, 2020
— Harsh! (@iHarshPopat) February 5, 2020
— Sumantra Kumar Das (@SumantraKumarDa) February 5, 2020
— KLVR (@iamKLVR) February 5, 2020
— ???अनिल पाटील (श्रीराम भक्त)??? (@Anillavitra) February 5, 2020