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Hanuma Vihari has a Valentine’s Day Present for his Wife Preethi Raj

Three-day practice match between India and New Zealand has started on Friday (14th February). Well, India ended the first day by putting 263 runs on the scoreboard. While Hanuma Vihari was the only batter to score a hundred against New Zealand XI at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Well, on Valentine’s Day occasion, Vihari thought to gift his 100-run knock to his wife Preethi Raj, on the day of love.

Vihari took to Instagram and posted the collage of his innings and captioned it as, “Hope you liked the gift! @preethirajy.”

And the cricketer’s wife responded to the post, showing that she loved the gift.

‘I loved it,” Preethiraj’s reply read.

Hanuma Vihari,

However, it’s not the first time that a cricketer has given such gifts to their wives. Indian opener Rohit Sharma also dedicated a double century against Sri Lanka to his wife Ritika as a marriage anniversary present.

About the game-India vs New Zealand XI:

In Hamilton, India batted first and once again India’s top order failed in front of New Zealand bowlers. Opener Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw both got out on 1 and 0 while the other contender for the opening position Shubman Gill was also out on the duck.

India was four-wicket down when Vihari entered the field. Cheteshwar Pujara and Vihari stitched a 195-run partnership and led India to put 263 on the scoreboard. Vihari scored 101 runs off 182 balls.

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Hanuma Vihari. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Pujara anchored the innings, scoring 93 off 211 balls. While Ajinkya Rahane got out after scoring just 18 runs.

Also, Rishabh Pant, who was benched for last games, scored just 7 runs. Moreover, Wriddhiman Saha and Ashwin got out on a duck.

After playing the practice match, the two teams will play the first Test of the two-match series in Wellington from 21st February.

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New Zealand Vs India 2020: 1st ODI, Hamilton – Statistical Highlights

The hosts New Zealand have taken the 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against the visitors India after claiming a victory in the series-opener on last Wednesday (5th February) at Seddon Park (Hamilton).

The home side won the toss and sent the travellers to bat first. While the visitors scored 347/4 (50 overs) in the first innings, the hosts chased down that target in 48.1 overs after losing six wickets.

Brief Scores: India – 347/4 in 50 overs (Shreyas Iyer 103, KL Rahul 88*; Tim Southee 2/85)

New Zealand – 348/6 in 48.1 overs (Ross Taylor 109*, Henry Nicholls 78; Kuldeep Yadav 2/84)

Result – New Zealand won by four wickets

New Zealand vs India 2020: 1st ODI, Hamilton – Stats highlights of the match

(Teams’ stats)

New Zealand

i) Chasing down the 348 runs target, the hosts New Zealand scored 348/6 in 48.1 overs.

  • It is the highest successful ODI chase for Blackcaps. Their previous record was successfully chasing 347 runs target against Australia at Hamilton on 20th February 2007 (350/9 in 49.3 overs).
  • It was the joint second-highest ODI total for New Zealand against India. The Kiwi side also scored 348/8 (50 overs) during Nagpur ODI on 26th November 1995. However, their record in this list is 349/9 (50 overs) during Rajkot ODI on 5th November 1999.

 

India

i) The visiting side India scored 347/4 (50 overs) in the first innings.

  • It was the second-highest ODI total for India in New Zealand. Their record in this list is 392/4 (50 overs) against New Zealand at Christchurch on 8th March 2009.

 

(Players’ stats)

New Zealand

Tim Southee

New Zealand, India, New Zealand vs India, Hamilton ODI, stats
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i) The right-arm pacer Tim Southee has taken 28 ODI wickets against India.

  • It is the second-most ODI wickets for a New Zealand bowler against India. The record holder in this list is Kyle Mills with 32 ODI wickets against India. 

 

Ross Taylor

Ross Taylor, New Zealand, India, New Zealand vs India, Hamilton ODI, stats
Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Twitter)

i) The experienced Ross Taylor has scored 1,300 ODI runs against India.

  • Surpassing Nathan Astle (1,207 runs), Taylor becomes the most ODI run-scorer for New Zealand against India. 

ii) Ross Taylor has scored 3,986 ODI runs in New Zealand.

  • Taylor is the most ODI run-scorer for New Zealand at home. The second-positioned player in this list is Martin Guptill with 3,942 ODI runs at home.

iii) By the end of this match, Ross Taylor has scored 2,015 international runs at Seddon Park (Hamilton).

  • Taylor becomes the first New Zealand batsman to score 2,000 or more international runs at a particular venue.

iv) The right-handed batsman Ross Taylor hit the sixth international century against India.

  • After Nathan Astle, Ross Taylor has also managed to hit six international centuries against India. No other Kiwi batsmen have ever hit these numbers of international centuries against India. 

 

Tom Latham

New Zealand, India, New Zealand vs India, Hamilton ODI, stats
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i) The captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham scored 69 runs.

  • It was the second-highest individual ODI score for a Blackcaps captain against India in New Zealand. The record-holder is Brendon McCullum with 71 runs at Christchurch on 8th March 2009.
  • It was the third-highest individual ODI score for a Kiwi wicketkeeper-batsman against India. The top two records in this list are 103* by Tom Latham (at Mumbai on 22nd October 2017) and 96 by Adam Parore (at Vadodara on 28th October 1994).

India

Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal

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i) Both the opening batsmen Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal made their ODI debuts.

  • Since India’s ODI debut, it was the third time when both their openers made ODI debut in the same match. The other two times happened during the Christchurch ODI against New Zealand on 21st February 1976 (Parthasarthi Sharma and Dilip Vengsarkar) and Harare ODI against Zimbabwe on 11th June 2016 (KL Rahul and Karun Nair).

 

Virat Kohli

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i) By the end of this match, Virat Kohli has scored 5,123 runs as an ODI captain.

  • Surpassing Sourav Ganguly (5,082 runs), Kohli became the third most run-scorer as an Indian ODI captain. MS Dhoni (6,641 runs) and Mohammad Azharuddin (5,239 runs) are the only two former Men in Blue captains who are now ahead of Kohli in this list. 

 

KL Rahul

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i) Wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul scored 88 not out.

  • It is the highest individual ODI score for an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman in New Zealand. The previous record-holder was MS Dhoni with 85 not out against Zimbabwe at Auckland on 14th March 2015.
  • It is the highest individual ODI score for an Indian wicketkeeper-batsman against New Zealand. The previous record-holder was MS Dhoni with 84 not out at Napier on 3rd March 2009.

 

Shreyas Iyer

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i) The right-handed batsman Shreyas Iyer scored 103 runs after coming to bat at the no.4 position.

  • It was the second ODI century for an Indian no.4 or lower-positioned batsman in New Zealand. Coming to bat at the no.5 position, Suresh Raina scored 110 not out against Zimbabwe at Auckland on 14th March 2015.
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Indian national cricket team (Image Credit: Twitter)
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India Fined After Another Slow Over-Rate In Hamilton ODI

After the Hamilton ODI defeat, the visitors India faced a hefty fine for slow over-rate offence in that match. It was the third straight international match for India to face the slow over-rate fine.

On Wednesday (5th February), the hosts New Zealand and the visitors India played the first game of the three-match ODI series at Seddon Park (Hamilton). In that match, the visitors batted first after losing the toss and set the target of 348 runs for the hosts (347/4 in 50 overs).

The Black Caps reached the target in 48.1 overs after losing six wickets (348/6). With that victory, the hosts have taken the 1-0 victory in this series with two to go.

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New Zealand won the Hamilton ODI by four wickets (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Indian team were four overs short from the target:

After that match, the match referee Chris Broad has imposed the fine of 80 per cent match fee on the Indian players as they were four overs short from the target (after considering the time allowances).

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This fine has been recorded according to Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences.

It claims, “players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.”

The match umpires Shaun Haig (on-field), Langton Rusere (on-field) and Bruce Oxenford (TV umpire) have levelled the charges against the Indian team.

Indian captain Virat Kohli pleaded guilty to the offence and also accepted the proposed sanction. So, there is no requirement for a formal hearing on this matter.

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Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Before this ODI series, the Men in Blue played five T20Is in this ongoing tour in New Zealand which they won by the 5-0 margin. The visiting side faced the slow over-rate offence charges in the last two games of that series.

At the end of the fourth T20I at Wellington, Kohli-led India faced the fine of 40% match fee for falling two overs short from the target.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma-led India were one over short from the target in the next match at Mount Maunganui and faced 20% fine of their match fee.

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Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Tom Latham Heaps Praise on Hamilton Centurion Ross Taylor

New Zealand have taken the 1-0 lead in the three-match home ODI series against the visitors India after winning the first game on Wednesday (5th February) at Seddon Park (Hamilton). Admitting the target was more than their comfort zone, the Kiwis skipper Tom Latham is happy with the performances from the hosts’ batsmen.

After winning the toss, Latham sent the visitors to bat first and India scored 347/4 (50 overs). In reply, the openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls got a very good start with 85-run opening stand. While Guptill scored 32 runs, Nicholls continued his batting to 78 runs (82 balls) before the Indian skipper Virat Kohli ran him out.

Then, Ross Taylor and captain Tom Latham batted superbly and provided the game-changing partnership of 138 runs in just 13.1 overs. While Taylor scored his 50 runs off 45 balls, Latham completed his half-century in 38 balls. The left-hand and right-hand combination worked very well for the hosts while Taylor became more dangerous after completing his half-century.

Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, New Zealand, 1st ODI, Hamilton, New Zealand vs India
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Twitter)

Soon after Latham was dismissed on 69 runs off 48 balls (8 fours and 2 sixes), Taylor completed his 21st ODI century off just 73 balls. Though the hosts suffered a little panic in the dying moments of the game. However, Taylor safely guided them to the series-leading victory.

Tom Latham, Ross Taylor, New Zealand, 1st ODI, Hamilton, New Zealand vs India
Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Twitter)

While New Zealand chased down the 348 runs target in 48.1 overs after losing six wickets, the Player of the Match award winner Taylor remained not out on 109 runs off 84 balls (10 fours and 4 sixes).

Hopefully, we will play the perfect game at Eden Park: Tom Latham

It was their first ODI after the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 final. Despite missing out some important players in this Hamilton ODI, New Zealand still snatched a solid victory against the second-ranked ODI side India. In the absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson, stand-in captain Latham is satisfied with the team’s performance in this match.

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Tom Latham (Image Credit: Twitter)

He said in the post-match presentation ceremony, “A great performance from the guys. It was nice to keep our composure at the end and get across the line. For us, it was about building partnerships. The total was a little more than what we would have liked to chase. But we managed to get off to a good start and keep wickets in hand. We saw how hard it was to defend with the left-right combination. It’s nice to make winning contributions. The way Ross played was fantastic. We weren’t quite where we wanted to be with the ball. So we got to improve and hopefully, we will play the perfect game at Eden Park.”

They will play the second game of this three-match ODI series on Saturday (8th February) at Eden Park (Auckland).

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Ross Taylor. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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New Zealand vs India 2020: Twitter Slams India’s Bowling as New Zealand Won the 1st ODI

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.

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Rahul continued his purple patch. Credits: BCCI Twitter

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.

Ross Taylor, New Zealand vs India 2020
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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.

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Shardul Thakur. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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:

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Ross Taylor (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
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New Zealand Vs India 2020: 1st ODI, Hamilton – Centurion Ross Taylor Guides Hosts To Series-Leading Victory

The hosts New Zealand have taken the 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against the visitors India after beating them in the opening game by four wickets at Seddon Park (Hamilton). Ross Taylor played a heroic centurion knock while the openers and skipper also played crucial roles for that victory.

After winning the toss, New Zealand captain Tom Latham decided to field first. The visitors managed to score 347/4 (50 overs) in the first innings, but they failed to defend that total. New Zealand chased down that target in 48.1 overs after losing six wickets (348/6).

Ross Taylor scored 109 not out

The Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls set the good start with 85 runs partnership. After Guptill lost his wicket on 32 runs, debutant Tom Blundell (9) was stumped out cheaply. Nicholls handled that situation with Ross Taylor as both put the 62 runs partnership for the third wicket.

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Henry Nicholls (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

After Nicholls was run out on 78 runs (82 balls), Taylor and captain Tom Latham provided the game-changing quick-fire 138 runs partnership and that too only in 13.1 overs. The wicketkeeper-batsman Latham scored 69 runs off 48 balls (8 fours and 2 sixes), and Taylor smashed a 73-ball century. Though the hosts had again a late panic, this time they survived. Ross Taylor remained not out on 109 runs off just 84 balls (10 fours and 4 sixes).

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Ross Taylor (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)
New Zealand vs India, Hamilton ODI, 1st ODI
Tom Latham (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

The left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets, but he was very expensive (2/84). Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami (1/63) and Shardul Thakur (1/80) managed to pick up one wicket each. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah (10-1-53-0), all other Indian bowlers had the economy rate of over 6.00.

Shreyas Iyer registered his first ODI century

The debutant openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal provided the 50 runs partnership before losing their wickets. While Shaw scored 20 runs, Agarwal played the 32 runs knock.

Then the captain Virat Kohli put the 102 runs partnership with Shreyas Iyer for the third wicket. After scoring 51 runs, Kohli was bowled by Ish Sodhi. However, Iyer continued his impressive batting with the wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul.

Once again Rahul impressed with his batting, and he provided 136 runs partnership with Iyer for the fourth wicket. Iyer finally managed to hit his maiden century in international cricket as he completed his first ODI century in 101 balls. He lost his wicket after scoring 103 runs off 107 balls (11 fours and only six).

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Shreyas Iyer (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

In the final moment, Rahul and Kedar Jadhav batted powerfully and set the 55 runs partnership off 27 balls for the unbroken fifth wicket. While Rahul completed a half-century in 41 balls, he remained not out on 88 runs off 64 balls (3 fours and 6 sixes). On the other hand, Kedar Jadhav was unbeaten on 26 runs off 15 balls (3 fours and only six).

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KL Rahul (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

Among the New Zealand bowlers, Tim Southee (2/85) bagged two wickets while Colin de Grandhomme (1/41) and Ish Sodhi (1/27) were the only other bowlers to open the wicket column.

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KL Rahul. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Watch: KL Rahul Hits Jimmy Neesham for a Stunning Six in Hamilton ODI

Versatile KL Rahul is unstoppable at any given position. Whether he is batting at the top-order or middle-order, the right-hand batsman just cannot stop scoring runs for his team. After playing the New Zealand ODI as No.5 batsman, Rahul has proved that he can score runs from any given batting order.

In the recently-concluded T20I match, he was playing as an opening alongside Sanju Samson while in the ongoing ODI series, he is assigned the duty to strengthen the middle-order of the Team India.

Moreover, Rahul has replaced Rishabh Pant from the wicketkeeper’s position.

Watch: KL Rahul Hits Jimmy Neesham for a Stunning Six in Hamilton ODI 1

With his renowned technical skills and batting ability, he is fulfiling the duty of a finisher. In Hamilton, the youngster Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal were given the duty to open the innings for India against New Zealand. Whereas, Rahul was asked to play the role in the middle-overs.

He did his job to perfection, scoring unbeaten 88 runs off 64 deliveries. In his innings, Rahul struck three fours and six maximums. The highlight of his crucial knock was the reverse scoop six which came on the bowling off Jimmy Neesham.

Incredible reverse sweep six from KL Rahul:

While Rahul hit six sixes, the best came off Jimmy Neesham’s final ball of the 49th over. Neesham wouldn’t have ever thought that the right-hand batsman would find the fence with ease. It was a close to yorker ball and Rahul bends down on his left knee before reverse hitting the ball for a huge six over third man region.

Here is a clip of that six from KL Rahul:

Seeing Rahul’s form, it can be said that anything is possible. After his snub from the Test cricket last year, he has come out as the best batsman for Team India in the white-ball cricket.

Meanwhile, India has set the target of 348 runs for the Kiwis at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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Fans Criticise Virat Kohli, Team Management’s Decision to Prefer Kedar Jadhav Over Manish Pandey in India’s Playing XI

Virat Kohli is being criticized for his decision not to go with the middle-order batsman Manish Pandey in the first ODI match against New Zealand. While the all-rounder Kedar Jadhav was given a place in the final XI. It has led the fans to question Kohli and team management’s strategy to drop in-form Pandey.

In the recent past, Jadhav couldn’t show much promise. On the other hand, Pandey has almost remained not out in the last innings played for India. Also, he has proved to be an interesting finisher.

In the fourth T20I match, the Karnataka player also scored an unbeaten half-century to lead the team to set a fighting total against New Zealand.

Also, in the last five innings played, he has remained not out. While in the ODI series against Australia, he didn’t get enough chances to prove himself with the willow.

Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav

But Pandey’s performance did not stop the Indian team-management from dropping him for the ongoing ODI against New Zealand as Jadhav got a chance to prove his metal.

Jadhav last played ODI series against the West Indies in the home series where he failed to do well. He also bowled in just one match and had gone wicketless.

Kedar Jadhav, India's ODI Squad, Windies vs India 2019
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However, skipper Kohli preferred Jadhav over Pandey. He also stated the reason during the toss. Indian skipper explained that Jadhav’s inclusion in the playing XI would add to the bowling option. but Kohli’s reason didn’t make a difference as fans went on to troll him and team management.

Have a look at some of the Twitter reactions after Manish Pandey misses out on to play 1st ODI against New Zealand with Kedar Jadhav being introduced in the line-up:

Meanwhile, in Hamilton, Virat Kohli’s men set the target of 347 runs against the host New Zealand in the first ODI match.

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New Zealand vs India 2020: 1st ODI, Hamilton – Weather Report

After securing the five-match T20I series, Virat Kohli’s men will play the three-match ODI series against New Zealand. On Wednesday (5th February), the two teams will play the first ODI match at Seddon Park in Hamilton. This is the same venue where India and New Zealand played the third T20I match and the game went into the super over. The hosts will not ever think to take the first ODI match to the one-over eliminator.

Rohit Sharma ruled out of the series:

India’s opener Rohit Sharma has been ruled out of the remainder of the New Zealand tour because of a calf injury. In the last T20I match, Sharma suffered from the injury while running between the wickets. Now, it has led his exclusion from the squad. And stands as a major setback for Team India.

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Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: ICC Twitter)

While Mayank Agarwal has been called to the ODI squad. And it might be possible that he can play his maiden ODI against New Zealand. As on the eve of the match, Virat Kohli has said that KL Rahul will not open the innings and he will play in the middle order.

India’s ODI squad

Virat Kohli (C), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shivam Dube, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, Kedar Jadhav

Kane Williamson also injured:

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Kane Williamson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Kiwi Skipper also injured his shoulder during the third T20I match. Thus, his deputy Tom Latham will lead the team in the first ODI match.

Kane Williamson will not play the first and second ODI match.

New Zealand vs India 2020: Hamilton, weather report:

New Zealand vs India 2020: Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand

Hamilton will be mostly cloudy on the match-day but there are no chances of rain. The evening can be cold as the temperature can drop to 16-degree celsius. Also, wind can play a role in the game. And there isn’t going to be too much of dew.

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Tom Latham and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)
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New Zealand Vs India 2020: 1st ODI, Hamilton – Stats Preview

On Wednesday (5th February), the hosts New Zealand and the visitors India will play the first game of the three-match ODI series at Seddon Park (Hamilton).

It will be the first ODI for New Zealand since the final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, India will play their first ODI outside the home soil in this calendar year. Also, it will be their first ODI meeting after the semi-final of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

New Zealand vs India 2020: Here are some crucial stats previews before the Hamilton ODI

Venue stats (Seddon Park, Hamilton)

Ground’s history in first and second batting in ODIs

Overall

Stats Overall First batting Second batting
Win 32 11 21
Innings average (Average run-rate) 229.13 (5.24) 241.66 (5.18) 216.59 (5.32)

In the last five matches

Stats Overall First batting Second batting
Win 5 0 5
Innings average (Average run-rate) 225.70 (5.59) 224.80 (5.23) 226.60 (6.00)

(Special Note: Included all out, target reached and complete innings. Excluded only incomplete innings)

 

Teams’ ODI records at this venue

Team Matches Won Lost Tied/No Result
New Zealand 29 20 7 0/2
India 10 3 7 0/0

 

Teams’ stats

New Zealand vs India Head-to-Head ODI records

Stats Matches New Zealand Won India Won Tied/No Result
Overall 107 46 55 1/5
In New Zealand 39 22 14 1/2
At Seddon Park (Hamilton) 6 5 1 0/0
In the last five matches 5 2 3 0/0

 

In last 10 ODIs

Team Matches Won Lost Tied/No Result
New Zealand 10 6 3 1/0
India 10 6 3 0/1

 

Players’ stats

New Zealand cricketers’ stats

i) It will be the 150th home international match for Tim Southee. He will be the sixth New Zealand cricketer to play 150 or more home international matches.

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Tim Southee (Image Credit: Google)

ii) The right-arm pacer Tim Southee (26 wickets) is two wickets away to become the second-most ODI wicket-taker for New Zealand against India. At present, Kyle Mills (32 wickets), Sir Richard Hadlee (27 wickets) and Daniel Vettori (27 wickets) are ahead of Southee in this list.

iii) Ross Taylor has scored 1,191 ODI runs against India. By adding 17 more ODI runs against this team, Taylor will become the most ODI run-scorer for New Zealand against India. Only Nathan Astle is ahead of him in this list with 1,207 ODI runs against India.

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Ross Taylor (Image Credit: Google)

Indian cricketers’ stats

i) If both uncapped Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal open the innings, it will be third time (excluding India’s first-ever ODI match) when both the ODI debutant Indian cricketers opened the innings. The first two times it happened during the Christchurch ODI against New Zealand on 21st February 1976 (Parthasarthi Sharma and Dilip Vengsarkar) and Harare ODI against Zimbabwe on 11th June 2016 (KL Rahul and Karun Nair).

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Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: Getty Images)

ii) Virat Kohli has scored 5,072 ODI runs as a captain. By scoring 11 more runs, he will be the third most run-scorer as an Indian ODI captain as he will surpass former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly (5,082 runs). Only MS Dhoni (6,641 runs) and Mohammad Azharuddin (5,239 runs) will remain ahead of him in this list.

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Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: Twitter)
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