Team India made trouble, lost by 7 wickets even after making 300, Latham-Kane turned the dice

Auckland: New Zealand defeated the Indian team by 7 wickets in the first match of the ODI series. Team India had set a target of 307 runs. Wickets fell in the beginning and India felt under pressure, but captain Kane Williamson and Tom Latham did amazing batting after a slow start and turned the tide. While Tom Latham scored a brilliant century, Kane Williamson remained unbeaten after scoring a half-century. There was a match winning partnership of 221 runs for the fourth wicket between these two. In this way, the Kiwi team has taken a 1-0 lead in the series.

New Zealand’s poor start, Shardul gave the first blow
Chasing the target of 307 runs, the start of the New Zealand team was not good. Opener Finn Allen was caught by Shardul Thakur at the hands of Rishabh Pant. He went on to hit 2 fours and a six in 25 balls. After this, New Zealand came under a lot of pressure and in the process of increasing the run rate, Devon Conway became the victim of Umran Malik. This was the first wicket of Umran’s career. He played an inning of 24 runs in 42 balls on the basis of 3 fours. He was seen struggling to score each run.

Stormy batting of Williamson and Latham
New Zealand got the third blow in the form of Daryl Mitchell. He walked after scoring just 11 runs. But after this, captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper Tom Latham did what no one expected. Together these two took the team to the first 100, 150, 200 and 250 runs. During this, both did not face any problem. While Williamson was seen batting comfortably, Latham took an aggressive stand.

Shardul hit 4 fours and a six in one over, century in 76 balls
Latham’s aggressive batting can be gauged from the fact that he hit 25 runs in one over of economical bowler Shardul Thakur, hitting 4 fours and a six. It also included two wides. Taking a single on the last ball of the same 40th over, he completed the century in 76 balls. From here the trend of the match changed. Kane Williamson remained unbeaten on 94 off 98 balls with 7 fours and a six, while Tom Latham remained unbeaten on 145 off 104 balls hitting 19 fours and 5 sixes. On the other hand, Umran Malik got two while Shardul Thakur scalped a wicket. Arshdeep was the most expensive bowler by giving 68 runs and Chahal 67 runs.

The thrill of Team India’s innings, Fifty of 3 players
Earlier, on the basis of half-century innings of Shreyas Iyer (80), captain Shikhar Dhawan (72) and Shubman Gill (50), India scored 306 runs for 7 wickets. Washington Sundar’s unbeaten aggressive innings of 37 runs in 16 balls in the last over took the team’s score beyond 300. During this, he hit three fours and as many sixes. While Iyer hit four fours and four sixes in his 76-ball innings, Dhawan hit 13 fours in 77 balls. He shared a 124-run partnership for the first wicket with Gill. Gill hit one four and three sixes in his 65-ball innings. Lockie Ferguson (59 runs in 10 overs) and Tim Southee (73 runs in 10 overs) took three wickets each for New Zealand.

Dhawan and Gill gave a good start
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl first and the team’s bowlers prevented India from getting off to a fast start. Dhawan and Gill batted well in the initial overs, which resulted in the team scoring 40 runs after 10 overs. Meanwhile, Ferguson dropped Gill’s catch off Match Henry. Dhawan and Gill then accelerated the run pace and sent the ball across the boundary line at regular intervals. During this, Dhawan hit two consecutive fours against Matt Henry in the 15th over. He then hit two fours against Adam Milne, including a brilliant uppercut to bring up his century in the 21st over.

Both openers made fifty
Dhawan then hit two fours against Saudi while Gill completed his half-century by sending Mitchell Santner’s ball to the visitors. However, he could not take his innings much further and was caught by Devon Conway off Ferguson in the 23rd over. In the next over, Southee gave a double blow to the team for the same score by walking Dhawan. Good starts by the openers had set the stage for the middle order. Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were at the crease. When Pant opened the account with a four off Southee’s ball, Iyer hit an uppercut against Ferguson.

Shreyas Iyer’s Fifty, Surya’s bat did not work
Iyer was given life by wicketkeeper Tom Latham on Milne’s ball, while Pant was caught on the wicket by Ferguson after hitting a four in the 33rd over. Suryakumar Yadav’s bat, which was running in excellent rhythm, did not work this time. This player, who opened the account with a four on the cover drive, returned to the pavilion by catching Allen standing in the slip off Ferguson’s ball. With this setback, India’s score was 160 for four after 33 overs.

Iyer got good support from Sanju Samson (36) here and both shared a 94-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Samson once again missed out on a half-century but hit several good shots in his 38-ball innings. During this period, Iyer became only the second batsman in New Zealand to score four consecutive innings of more than 50 runs. Earlier only Rameez Raja has done this in New Zealand.
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