IndvsNZ, 1st ODI: Virat goes the Mahi way, finishes off in style
Dharamsala: Indian vice-captain Virat Kohli has yet again proved why he is rated no. 2 in the ICC ODI rankings. The credit for India’s chase of 191 runs against New Zealand totally goes to the run machine Kohli who played a stupendous knock of 85 runs making India to begin the series with a win. India has thumped New Zealand by six wickets in the 1st One Day International of the five-match series at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium here on Sunday.
Virat Kohli was the architect of the win scoring 85 runs off 81 deliveries and finished the game in Mahi style by hitting a six. His innings was studded with nine fours and a six.
Chasing the target of 191 runs, India had lost Rohit Sharma (14), Ajinkya Rahane (33) and Manish Pandey (17) in 20 overs. Later, skipper MS Dhoni kept the score board tickling until he became prey of a run-out before scoring 21 runs.
Rohit had hit one four and a six in his 26-ball inning while Rahane's 33 runs knock was laced with four fours and two sixes. Manish Pandey, in his short innings of 17 runs, took 22 balls hitting a single boundary.
For Black Caps, Bracewell, Ish Sodhi and Neesham have got one wicket each.
Earlier, India had bowled out Kiwis at 190 runs, continuing its dominance over the guests.
It was the efforts of Tom Latham (79-not out) and Tim Southee (55) which took NZ to a respectable total. The Latham-Southee partnership of 71 runs coped Kiwis from danger.
Indian bowlers including Hardik Pandya, Amit Mishra, Kedar Jadhav and Umesh Yadav have come hard over the Kiwis in Dharamsala. Hardik and Mishra claimed three wickets while Umesh and Kedar bagged two wickets each.
NZ batsmen including Martin Guptill (12), Kane Williamson (3), Ross Taylor (0), Corey Anderson (4), Luke Ronchi (0), James Neesham (10), Matchell Santner (0), Doug Bracewell (15), Tim Southee (55) and Ish Sodhi (1) remained listless in front Indian bowling attack.
Earlier, Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Indian Cricket team has won the toss and elected to field. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, who has played T20s for the side, will make ODI debut with this match.
Kedar Jadhav, who has given some fine performances in the tour of Zimbabwe, has also been included in the playing 11. In the absence of injured and out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane will be seen opening the innings with top run scorer of 2016 for India, Rohit Sharma.
In pace bowling, Umesh Yadav has been preferred over Dhawal Kulkarni, who has played some tremendous Cricket in the recent domestic games.
MS Dhoni, on Saturday, had said that he may promote himself up in the batting order. He is expected to play at no.5.
Rahane warns New Zealand, India will play aggressive Cricket