Oct 16, 2016 Highlights 20:14 (IST) 19:52 (IST) After 33.1 overs, India 194/4 (Virat Kohli 85, Kedar Jadhav 10) 19:37 (IST) After 29 overs, India 162/4 (Virat Kohli 63, Kedar Jadhav 0) 19:24 (IST) After 26 overs, India 147/3 (Virat Kohli 50, MS Dhoni 19) 18:55 (IST) After 20 overs, India 107/3 (Virat Kohli 29, MS Dhoni 1) 18:23 (IST) After 13 overs, India 67/2 (Virat Kohli 5, Manish Pandey 4) 18:06 (IST) After 10 overs, India 49/1 (Ajinkya Rahane 33, Virat Kohli 0) 16:34 (IST) After 43.5 overs,New Zealand 190 (Tom Latham 79) 16:25 (IST) After 42 overs,New Zealand 179/9 (Tom Latham 68, Ish Sodhi 1) 16:19 (IST) After 41 overs,New Zealand 173/8 (Tom Latham 67, Tim Southee 51) 15:47 (IST) After 32 overs,New Zealand 107/8 (Tom Latham 54, Tim Southee 1) 15:36 (IST) 15:04 (IST) After 19 overs,New Zealand 66/7 (Tom Latham 30, Doug Bracewell 1) 14:36 (IST) After 13 overs,New Zealand 49/5 (Tom Latham 25, Jimmy Neesham 1) 14:27 (IST) After 11 overs,New Zealand 43/4 (Tom Latham 21, Tom Latham 0) 13:58 (IST) After 5 overs,New Zealand 29/2 (Tom Latham 12, Ross Taylor 0) 13:43 (IST) After 2 overs,New Zealand 14/1 ( Tom Latham 1) 13:17 (IST) 13:16 (IST) 13:09 (IST) Pitch report 13:03 (IST) Toss Update 12:20 (IST) India vs New Zealand live 20:52(IST)
That's it from us for the first One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. Do tune in on Thursday for the second game. Till then, good night!
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Hardik Pandya: Getting Man of Match on debut is very special. Got to know in the meeting that Kapil Dev (who gave him his debut cap) also made his debut on this day. Good to be back, and obviously I was a bit nervous. Was getting the rhythm quite nicely. I was not looking to bowl really fast, but wanted to bowl with a rhythm. When I started bowling, I was focusing on the lengths ( to get the batsman's nick). 20:14(IST)
Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match for his spell of 3/31 20:11(IST)
MS Dhoni: Fantastic performance by the fast bowlers. Had no clue the wicket would support them. All the fast bowlers bowled well. Virat batted well. Hardik is deceptive (in terms of pace). There wasn't much on offer for the spinners), but I felt both Axar and Mishra bowled well. You should know what to do with your line and length if the pitch isn't supportive. NZ could've gone to 280 had it not been for the early wickets. Important to start the series well, gives you the opportunity to express yourself. 20:11(IST)
Kane Williamson: We had to weather the storm a little bit. The first 10 overs were aa little tough. Disappointing with the bat. The pitch had a bit of sideways movement, and they exploited the conditions quite well. We lost too many wickets early. Good scrapping in the end to get to 190. India were too good, very good chasing side and they showed it again today. Important for us to stick together, and we have to put up our best cricket to beat a side like India. 20:08(IST)
Virat Kohli is the 'Bankable player of the Match'. 20:00(IST)
Amit Mishra: I really enjoyed it (on completing 50 ODI wickets). Wicket is really good for batting. MS (Dhoni) told me to just go for a wicket. No pressure, as fast bowlers were bowling well. Good chance to prove myself (in Ashwin and Jadeja's absence). Big help to me (Kumble's presence), as he told me how to bowl on flat tracks. I spoke to him before the game. 19:57(IST)
What a commanding performance by the 'Men-in-Blue' with Virat Kohli producing yet another gem in coloured clothing! Barring the fighting innings of Latham, as well as the entertaining 55 by Southee, there wasn't much for the Black Caps in the game! Good debut for Hardik Pandya, and a nice way for Dhoni to return to business after a long break!
19:52(IST) After 33.1 overs, India 194/4 (Virat Kohli 85, Kedar Jadhav 10)
SIX! It is Kohli who hits the winning six, coming down the track and smashing Sodhi for a straight six! India take the 1-0 lead in style, with Kohli continuing his golden form by hitting an unbeaten 85!
19:51(IST) After 33 overs, India 188/4 (Virat Kohli 79, Kedar Jadhav 10)
Santner and Ronchi start celebrating, thinking they've got Jadhav caught-behind, only to turn around and realise umpire Shamshuddin is not convinced. FOUR! Jadhav gets the hosts closer to the finish line with a boundary off the backfoot towards midwicket.
India need 3 to win from 102 balls with six wickets in hand. 19:47(IST) After 32 overs, India 184/4 (Virat Kohli 79, Kedar Jadhav 6) FOUR! Creamed through extra-cover by Kohli off Sodhi, getting down on one knee! Jadhav gets his first boundary a couple of deliveries later, off an outside edge this time.
India need 7 to win from 108 balls with 6 wickets in hand. 19:45(IST) After 31 overs, India 172/4 (Virat Kohli 72, Kedar Jadhav 1) Kedar Jadhav gets off the mark, and will look to provide support from the other end, as Kohli drives the visitors home
India need 19 to win from 114 balls with six wickets in hand. 19:41(IST) After 30 overs, India 169/4 (Virat Kohli 70, Kedar Jadhav 0) Couple of cover drives off Kohli's bat, with the ball beating Santner near the cover fence on only one of those occasions. Ends the over with a single.
India need 22 to win from 120 balls with six wickets in hand. 19:37(IST) After 29 overs, India 162/4 (Virat Kohli 63, Kedar Jadhav 0) OUT! Dhoni is run-out for 21 off 24 balls after pushing the ball towards short cover. Kohli runs down the pitch for a bit, before sending the skipper back, and looks disappointed with himself after the dismissal. No winning six for Dhoni tonight. Jadhav walks out to bat now. India need 29 to win from 126 balls with six wickets in hand.
OUT! MS Dhoni run out (Martin Guptill) 21(24) 19:35(IST) 19:30(IST) After 28 overs, India 160/3 (Virat Kohli 62, MS Dhoni 20) Back-to-back boundaries for Kohli to start the 28th over with — pulling the first one towards midwicket before going for a cheeky upper-cut to send the ball over the keeper's head. Nearly gets caught-and-bowled in the following delivery after pushing length delivery from Southee back to the bowler.
India need 31 to win from 132 balls with seven wickets in hand. 19:29(IST)
Maybe hitting the winning six in addition to that would be nice.
19:26(IST) After 27 overs, India 150/3 (Virat Kohli 52, MS Dhoni 20) The singles off the over, with the 150 coming up for India as well.
India need 41 to win from 138 balls with seven wickets in hand. 19:24(IST) After 26 overs, India 147/3 (Virat Kohli 50, MS Dhoni 19) FOUR! Powerful slash off Dhoni's blade through the vacant point region! FIFTY for Virat Kohli! He gets there in 55 deliveries, taking a single in the penultimate delivery of the over. This is his 37th half-century in the format!
India need 44 to win from 144 balls with seven wickets in hand. 19:17(IST) After 25 overs, India 137/3 (Virat Kohli 47, MS Dhoni 12) Two runs scored in the over, with the hosts looking solid at the halfway mark in their innings in terms of overs. Kohli is on the verge of a half-century now.
India need 54 to win from 150 balls with seven wickets in hand. 19:14(IST) After 24 overs, India 135/3 (Virat Kohli 46, MS Dhoni 11) FOUR! Superb batting this by Kohli! Flicked off the pads, and managed to beat the diving fielder at mid-on. Dhoni ends the over in style, pulling a short one outside leg off Neesham to send the ball high over fine-leg.
India need 56 to win from 156 balls with seven wickets in hand. 19:09(IST) After 23 overs, India 123/3 (Virat Kohli 41, MS Dhoni 5) Santner is finally introduced into the attack in the 23rd over of the innings. Maybe his introduction earlier could've helped the Black Caps exert a little more pressure, especially when Kohli was hammering the medium-pacers. Four singles off the over.
India need 68 to win from 162 balls with seven wickets in hand. 19:07(IST) After 22 overs, India 119/3 (Virat Kohli 39, MS Dhoni 3) Just one run scored in the over, with the hosts going about business steadily at the moment. Meanwhile, Mitchell Santner is yet to get the ball in the innings so far.
India need 72 to win from 168 balls with seven wickets in hand. 18:59(IST) After 21 overs, India 118/3 (Virat Kohli 39, MS Dhoni 2) Bracewell returns for Southee to get some rest, and Kohli punches sweetly down the ground in the fourth ball of the over. Kohli timres to perfection in the following delivery, this time driving through the covers! The outfield also is lightning quick today! Let's not forget, with these two batting, the running between the wickets would also be a treat to watch.
India need 73 to win from 174 balls with seven wickets in hand. 18:55(IST) After 20 overs, India 107/3 (Virat Kohli 29, MS Dhoni 1) OUT! And that's a disappointing way for Manish Pandey to depart, guiding a short-of-length ball from Sodhi straight into skipper Williamson's hands at wide midwicket! Looks disappointed with himself after the dismissal, having to go back to the pavilion after accumulating 17 runs on the board. Dhoni walks out to bat alongside Kohli after ages, with the crowd chanting the Indian skipper's name. Kohli goes for another sweep towards the end of the over, but Santner foils it for him yet again. India need 84 to win from 180 balls with seven wickets in hand.
OUT! Manish Pandey c Kane Williamson b Ish Sodhi 17(22) 18:49(IST) 18:48(IST) After 19 overs, India 100/2 (Virat Kohli 24, Manish Pandey 16) Pandey pulls off a weird slap off a short ball from Southee — described as hammering a nail by commentator Sanjay Manjrekar — with Santner saving a run with an athletic dive near deep midwicket. 100 comes up for India at the end of the over.
India need 91 to win from 186 balls with eight wickets in hand. 18:44(IST) After 18 overs, India 92/2 (Virat Kohli 22, Manish Pandey 11) A close shave for Pandey at the non-striker's end after he runs back for a second, and has to dive to save his wicket.
India need 99 to win from 192 balls with eight wickets in hand. 18:34(IST) After 15 overs, India 80/2 (Virat Kohli 16, Manish Pandey 5)
Some balance has been restored after the quick dismissals. And its time for the players to have a drink now. Let's see when Black Caps skipper Williamson decides to introduce the spinners. 18:29(IST) After 14 overs, India 77/2 (Virat Kohli 13, Manish Pandey 5) Kohli pierces the gap wide of mid-on with an on-drive, showing some intent of anchoring the innings after the departures of both openers. Goes for a pull three balls later.
India need another 114 runs to win from 36 overs with eight wickets in hand. 18:23(IST) After 13 overs, India 67/2 (Virat Kohli 5, Manish Pandey 4) OUT! And that's a big wicket for the Black Caps, with Rahane getting dismissed off an unnecessary poke at a wide-pitched delivery from Neesham. Edges to Ronchi, who takes a fine diving catch to his right, as the well-set opener departs for 33. Pandey walks out to bat now, and gets off the mark with a slap over cover.
India need another 124 to win from 37 overs.
Ajinkya Rahane c Luke Ronchi b Jimmy Neesham 33(34) 18:10(IST) After 11 overs, India 62/1 (Ajinkya Rahane 33, Virat Kohli 5)
Seven runs scored at the start of the over without a single ball being bowled, after Neesham fires three wides, with the first one also running away to the long-leg boundary. 50 up for India in the process. FOOUR! Kohli gets off the mark with a quintessential cover drive! 18:06(IST) After 10 overs, India 49/1 (Ajinkya Rahane 33, Virat Kohli 0) OUT! Bracewell finally gets the important breakthrough, trapping Rohit lbw in what turned out to be an easy decision for the umpire! Looks to play this one towards the leg side, but brings his bat down a bit late. Just one run short of bringing up the fifty opening stand. Kohli walks out to bat now amidst a loud cheer.
Rohit Sharma lbw Doug Bracewell 14(26) 17:57(IST) 17:54(IST) 17:53(IST) After 8 overs, India 46/0 (Rohit Sharma 13, Ajinkya Rahane 32)
It's mostly been a Rahane show so far, with Rohit yet to start off barring a six over fine-leg. Tight over by Bracewell, after a few eventful ones. 17:50(IST) After 7 overs, India 44/0 (Rohit Sharma 11, Ajinkya Rahane 32)
Rahane gets a couple after piercing the gap between mid-on and midwicket off the first ball. Lobs one up in the fourth ball over the non-striker's head, though thankfully there is anyone to take the catch near mid-on. FOUR! Another fine drive down the ground! 17:49(IST) 17:44(IST) After 6 overs, India 37/0 (Rohit Sharma 10, Ajinkya Rahane 26)
SIX! Now it's Rahane's turn to pull towards fine-leg, with Southee being reduced to a mere spectator in the deep as the ball flies over his head. SIX MORE! A similar shot, only this time the ball travels over the backward square-leg boundary and further up the stands. 17:40(IST) After 5 overs, India 25/0 (Rohit Sharma 10, Ajinkya Rahane 14)
SIX! Pulled away by Rohit towards backward square-leg! Rohit seems to be striking the right notes right now. Meanwhile, the hosts are off to a good start. 17:35(IST) After 4 overs, India 19/0 (Rohit Sharma 4, Ajinkya Rahane 14)
FOUR! Driven down the ground, and the ball manages to beat the diving fielder at mid-off. Executes another brilliant shot to end the over, cutting it towards point! 17:35(IST) 17:31(IST) After 3 overs, India 11/0 (Rohit Sharma 4, Ajinkya Rahane 6)
FOUR! This time Rahane manages to pull without losing a bit of his bat, and manages to send the ball wide of midwicket. Wide follows the boundary. 17:19(IST) After 1 over, India 4/0 (Rohit Sharma 4, Ajinkya Rahane 0)
Rohit and Rahane walk out to open, with Southee being handed the ball at the start of the Indian innings. Rohit gets the first runs on the board for the hosts with an outside edge. 17:03(IST)
Superb fightback by the Black Caps, with Latham and Southee contributing to more than half of New Zealand's runs. Barring a couple of dropped chances, and some wayward bowling in the latter stages of their innings, it was a disciplined effort by the Indian bowling attack. Hardik Pandya shines on debut with figures of 3/31, finishing as the pick among the bowlers.
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Debutant Hardik Pandya: Australia helped me a lot because I learnt lots of things there. Bowled well in the Ranji Trophy as well. I've got stronger in recent times, and that I believe has helped me a lot. 16:34(IST) After 43.5 overs,New Zealand 190 (Tom Latham 79) FOUR and a SIX by Latham off Mishra, as he gets the Black Caps closer to the 200-run mark. OUT! The Black Caps fall short of that milestone by 10 runs, with Mishra trapping Sodhi plumb lbw to grab his third wicket! New Zealand bowled out for 190 in 43.5 overs. Latham remains unbeaten on 79, becoming the first NZ batsman to carry his bat throughout an innings in ODI cricket!
OUT! Ish Sodhi lbw Amit Mishra 1(10) 16:29(IST) After 42 overs,New Zealand 179/9 (Tom Latham 68, Ish Sodhi 1)
Bumrah back into the attack, and gets a maiden. Latham, who looks to become the first New Zealand batsman to carry his bat throughout the innings. 16:25(IST) After 42 overs,New Zealand 179/9 (Tom Latham 68, Ish Sodhi 1) Southee adjusts to a short one from Mishra quite well, going for the late cut to get his sixth boundary. OUT! Mishra finally gets rid of Southee after a change of field! Southee comes down looking for another slog, but ends up getting the toe-end of the bat to edge it to Pandey at backward point! Departs for a 45-ball 55, as New Zealand lose their ninth wicket with 177 on board.
OUT! Tim Southee c Manish Pandey b Amit Mishra 55(45) 16:19(IST) After 41 overs,New Zealand 173/8 (Tom Latham 67, Tim Southee 51)
FIFTY for Tim Southee! He gets to the milestone for the first time in his career, taking 40 deliveries in what has been a fantastic counter-attack innings so far! Latham ends the over with a sweep towards square-leg, with the Black Caps putting up a superb fight-back! 16:09(IST) After 39 overs,New Zealand 151/8 (Tom Latham 60, Tim Southee 37)
The partnership between Latham is starting to frustrate the Indians big time! Southee gets to his highest score of 35 with a glanced towards fine-leg. Meanwhile, the Black Caps cross the 150-run mark. 16:06(IST) After 38 overs,New Zealand 143/8 (Tom Latham 60, Tim Southee 31)
SIX MORE! Southee is on a roll against the spinners right now. Full-toss from Mishra, and Southee lunges forward and hammers this over wide long-on. Turning out to be a gem of an innings at the moment! 16:04(IST) After 37 overs,New Zealand 135/8 (Tom Latham 59, Tim Southee 24)
Southee shows his intent by going big off the last ball, coming down the track yet again and launching the ball high over the bowler's head. The 150-run mark for the Black Caps looks very likely for them now. 16:00(IST) After 36 overs,New Zealand 127/8 (Tom Latham 58, Tim Southee 17)
FOUR! Southee gets his third boundary of the innings, with all of them coming after the dropped chance, by coming down the track and lofting Mishra towards wide long-off off an inside-out shot. 15:59(IST) 15:57(IST) After 35 overs,New Zealand 119/8 (Tom Latham 56, Tim Southee 11)
DROPPED! Umesh took a blinder earlier at mid-off, and this time drops a sitter at fine-leg. Southee looks to cut a short ball from Bumrah, but gets a top-edge instead. Southee makes up for the near dismissal with a drive on the up through the covers for a four. Pulls the next one towards midwicket for another boundary. 10 runs and a dropped catch in this over. 15:54(IST) After 34 overs,New Zealand 109/8 (Tom Latham 55, Tim Southee 2)
The Black Caps have so far replicated what the Indians did at Nagpur earlier in the World T20. Latham has already run out of partners at the other end, and will look to add as many runs to his score as possible. 15:51(IST) 15:50(IST) After 33 overs,New Zealand 107/8 (Tom Latham 54, Tim Southee 1)
Maiden by Patel in the 33rd over. Meanwhile, Southee is the new batsman walking at the crease. The pacer is playing his first game of the tour, after missing out on the Tests due to ankle injury. 15:47(IST) After 32 overs,New Zealand 107/8 (Tom Latham 54, Tim Southee 1) OUT! Mishra finally brings the 41-run stand to an end, with Bracewell flicking the full delivery from Mishra to Rahane at midwicket! The batsman is not to sure, though the replay confirms the dismissal. Latham loses out on Bracewell's support. With that Mishra picks up his 50th ODI wicket!
OUT! Doug Bracewell c Ajinkya Rahane b Amit Mishra 15(46) 15:44(IST) After 31 overs,New Zealand 105/7 (Tom Latham 53, Doug Bracewell 15)
Latham moves to 49 at the end of the 29th over. Dhoni has currently employed spin from both ends, with the ball somewhat turning at the moment. Latham gets to his milestone in 77 balls, having hit five balls to the fence so far. 15:36(IST)
FIFTY FOR TOM LATHAM! His fifth in the 50-over format, and with that, he brings up the team hundred as well!
15:33(IST) After 28 overs,New Zealand 95/7 (Tom Latham 47, Doug Bracewell 11)
Latham moves to 46 with a backfoot punch off a shorter one from Mishra. Meanwhile, the Black Caps move to 95, with nearly half the runs coming off Latham's bat. 15:29(IST) After 26 overs,New Zealand 83/7 (Tom Latham 40, Doug Bracewell 7)
Amit Mishra is finally introduced into the attack, and starts off by conceding two off his first over. Meanwhile, Latham enters the 40s. 15:27(IST) After 25 overs,New Zealand 81/7 (Tom Latham 39, Doug Bracewell 6)
New Zealand have reached the half-way mark in their innings in terms of the number of overs, and are 19 short of reaching their century-mark. 15:25(IST) After 24 overs,New Zealand 79/7 (Tom Latham 38, Doug Bracewell 5)
Yadav is bowling alongside Patel at the moment, with the former firing at 142 clicks in the second ball of the over. Let's see when Amit Mishra gets introduced into the attack. 15:20(IST) After 23 overs,New Zealand 78/7 (Tom Latham 37, Doug Bracewell 5)
Patel introduced into the attack in the 23rd over, and concedes five off it. Meanwhile, Latham looks set to get to his half-century. 15:15(IST) After 22 overs,New Zealand 72/7 (Tom Latham 34, Doug Bracewell 4)
Umesh back into the attack, replacing Bumrah. DROPPED! Jadhav puts down what looked like a fair chance at mid-on! Dove to his right, but couldn't hold on to the chance. 15:13(IST) 15:11(IST) After 21 overs,New Zealand 71/7 (Tom Latham 33, Doug Bracewell 3)
Three runs off Jadhav's third over of the innings. Meanwhile, Umesh has been seen doing some warm-ups in the deep, which indicates the likelihood of Dhoni bringing him back into the attack alongside Bumrah, or in his place. 15:09(IST) 15:08(IST) After 20 overs,New Zealand 68/7 (Tom Latham 31, Doug Bracewell 2)
Superb stop by Axar at third man to save three runs for his side in the second ball of the over. Meanwhile, the Black Caps have crawled their way to 68 at a little over three per over at the end of the 20th over. 15:06(IST) 15:04(IST) After 19 overs,New Zealand 66/7 (Tom Latham 30, Doug Bracewell 1) OUT! Yet another soft dismissal for the Black Caps, with Jadhav finally getting rid of Neesham! Flatter one along off, the ball straigtens and gets a gentle push off Neesham's bat back into the bowler's hands! The Black Caps crumble to 65/6 now! OUT! Jadhav is on a hat-trick, after Santner gets a leading edge to the keeper while looking for a cut! Seven down now with less than 70 on board! Bracewell gets off the mark in the hattrick delivery, patting the ball down towards long-on.
After 19 overs,New Zealand 66/7 (Tom Latham 30, Doug Bracewell 1)
OUT! Yet another soft dismissal for the Black Caps, with Jadhav finally getting rid of Neesham! Flatter one along off, the ball straigtens and gets a gentle push off Neesham's bat back into the bowler's hands! The Black Caps crumble to 65/6 now! OUT! Jadhav is on a hat-trick, after Santner gets a leading edge to the keeper while looking for a cut! Seven down now with less than 70 on board! Bracewell gets off the mark in the hattrick delivery, patting the ball down towards long-on. OUT! Jimmy Neesham c & b Kedar Jadhav 10(25);
OUT! Mitchell Santner c MS Dhoni b Kedar Jadhav 0(1) 14:58(IST) After 18 overs,New Zealand 65/5 (Tom Latham 30, Jimmy Neesham 10)
FOUR! Neesham gets his first boundary of the innings, going for an on-drive in the third ball of the over. 14:55(IST) After 17 overs,New Zealand 59/5 (Tom Latham 30, Jimmy Neesham 5)
Finally, some spin introduced into the attack, with Kedar Jadhav introduced into the attack. Loud shot for lbw in the last ball, with the umpire turning down what should've been a plyum decision. Full pitched outside off, the ball straightened and was heading towards the middle stump. 14:52(IST) After 16 overs,New Zealand 57/5 (Tom Latham 29, Jimmy Neesham 4)
Two runs scored in the 16th over, in the form of singles off Neesham and Latham's bat. The latter is looking set at the moment, and will look to guide his side to a respectable score. 14:46(IST) After 15 overs,New Zealand 55/5 (Tom Latham 28, Jimmy Neesham 3)
We've had 15 overs of pace so far, lets see when Dhoni decides to get his slower bowlers into the attack. Meanwhile, the umpires call for drinks, with the Black Caps facing an uphill task in dragging themselves out of the muck that they have stepped into. 14:42(IST) 14:40(IST) After 14 overs,New Zealand 53/5 (Tom Latham 27, Jimmy Neesham 2)
The 50 finally comes up for the Black Caps in the 14th over, with half their side having made the slow walk back to the pavilion. Superb decision by Dhoni to hand Pandya the new ball after electing to field. Four off the 14th over. 14:36(IST) After 13 overs,New Zealand 49/5 (Tom Latham 25, Jimmy Neesham 1) OUT! Soft dismissal for Ronchi, who simply pushes a full delivery from Pandya to Umesh Yadav at mid-on to depart for a duck. Can be described as one of the simplest catches for Umesh, who took a blinder at the other side of the wicket a few deliveries ago. The Black Caps have lost half their side with less than 50 on board. And that's the third wicket for Pandya on his ODI debut.
Luke Ronchi c Umesh Yadav b Hardik Pandya 0(3) 14:35(IST) 14:30(IST) After 12 overs,New Zealand 48/4 (Tom Latham 25, Tom Latham 0)
Bumrah replaces Umesh in the attack. Superb fielding by Kohli in the second ball to save four runs for the hosts. Latham gets a boundary nevertheless a couple of deliveries later, driving the ball down the ground. 14:27(IST) After 11 overs,New Zealand 43/4 (Tom Latham 21, Tom Latham 0) OUT! Brilliant catch by Umesh Yadav at mid-off for Anderson to depart for a score of 4! Anderson was looking to loft this over the fielder for a four, but didn't quite middle it. Doesn't take away the fact that Umesh pulled off a terrific piece of fielding. Luke Ronchi walks out to bat, as New Zealand lose their fourth wicket with 43 on board.
OUT! Corey Anderson c Umesh Yadav b Hardik Pandya 4(14) 14:21(IST) After 10 overs,New Zealand 42/3 (Tom Latham 20, Corey Anderson 4)
Jasprit Bumrah introduced into the attack for the first time in the match, and he concedes a single off the last ball. Change of ends for Pandya. 14:19(IST) 14:18(IST) After 9 overs,New Zealand 41/3 (Tom Latham 19, Corey Anderson 4)
FOUR! Anderson is finally off the mark with a cut towards extra-cover, piercing the gap handsomely. Important partnership this one for the Black Caps if they are to arrest the slide that they have experienced so far in the innings. 14:11(IST) After 8 overs,New Zealand 36/3 (Tom Latham 18, Corey Anderson 0)
The hosts have grabbed the momentum early in the innings, despite the pitch being as flat as a road (as described by Sunil Manohar Gavaskar). Latham lobs a short delivery up to short midwicket, where the ball falls in no-man's land. 14:11(IST) 14:07(IST) After 7 overs,New Zealand 35/3 (Tom Latham 17, Corey Anderson 0) OUT! Corey Anderson walks out earlier than expected, as Ross Taylor continues his horror form in the Indian tour. Is dismissed for a golden duck after edging a short ball along the off-stump line off Umesh, with New Zealand losing their third wicket with 33 on board. Dhoni takes a simple catch. Umesh was on a hat-trick, but Anderson plays it safe this time. Couple of wides conceded in the over.
OUT! Ross Taylor c MS Dhoni b Umesh Yadav 0(1) 14:01(IST) After 6 overs,New Zealand 33/2 (Tom Latham 16, Ross Taylor 0)
Latham continues to flaunt his selection of shots, executing a flamboyant drive through the covers off Pandya. Meanwhile, Ross Taylor walks out to bat after the dismissal of Williamson for 3. 13:58(IST) After 5 overs,New Zealand 29/2 (Tom Latham 12, Ross Taylor 0) OUT! Williamson's poor run since the 75 at Kanpur continues! Slashes a back-of-length delivery from Umesh, with the ball travelling straight into Mishra's hands at third man. New Zealand are struggling at 29/2.
OUT! Kane Williamson c Amit Mishra b Umesh Yadav 3(9)
Despite completing a 3-0 whitewash of New Zealand in the Test rubber, India will be wary of the visitors' prowess in the shorter format when both the teams face off in the first of the five-match One-Day International (ODI) series in Dharamshala on Sunday.
With the conditions at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) stadium favouring the pacers, New Zealand will bank on their recent ODI performance -- winning four of their last five bilateral competitions, including a recent series win over Australia -- to give a tough fight to the hosts.
Moreover, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson has a better squad at his disposal, with the return of pacer Tim Southee and all-rounder Corey Anderson, making them a force to reckon with. Southee was ruled out with a late injury while Anderson's arrival would bolster their misfiring middle-order.
However, Williamson will need runs from two of his most experienced batsmen -- Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill -- who have failed to click so far on this tour.
Guptill, who scored just 159 runs from six innings, will not let those failures affect him in the ODIs. The opener has an average of 43.25 in ODIs with a strike-rate of 86.08, and is one of only five people in world cricket to have scored a double century in 50 overs.
Virat Kohli brought up his 37th ODI fifty. AFP
Having said that, New Zealand's best chance of scripting history -- they have never won a bilateral ODI series in India -- will depend heavily on Williamson. The skipper needs to provide stability to the team and score runs, and also ensure the likes of Anderson and James Neesham in the lower order can have a go at scoring quick runs.
Also with both premier spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja rested for the ODIs, the Kiwis will heave a sigh of relief when they take the field in the black jersey. Ashwin and Jadeja tormented the New Zealanders with the Chennai off-spinner emerging the highest wicket-taker of the Test series with 27 scalps.
On the other hand, despite being the favourites, India have a comparatively untested side for the first three ODIs. Apart from Ashwin and Jadeja, pacer Mohammed Shami has also been rested.
Injuries to Lokesh Rahul, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and Shikhar Dhawan have ruled the trio out, creating chances for promising players like Mandeep Singh, Manish Pandey, Dhawal Kulkarni and Axar Patel -- all of them part of the squad that toured Zimbabwe in India's last 50-over cricket assignment.
Senior batsman Suresh Raina has also been recalled to the squad, but he will miss the first ODI due to viral fever.
With Manish performing in India A's tour of Australia and the aggressive Hardik Pandya in the side, Dhoni can afford to come up the order and bat with Kohli in the middle overs besides pushing Ajinkya Rahane to open with Rohit Sharma.
Maharashtra keeper-batsman Kedar Jadhav may well get a look-in as a pure batsman with Dhoni donning the big gloves.
The Dharamsala pitch generally assists pacemen and that could give Dhawal Kulkarni a place in the playing XI alongside Jasprit Bumrah, while Axar Patel, Amit Mishra and Umesh Yadav are the likely options in the bowling department.
The Dharamsala ODI will be followed by matches in Delhi (20 October), Mohali (23 October), Ranchi (26 October) and Visakhapatnam (29 October). All five are day-and-night encounters.
Squads: India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain & wk), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav. New Zealand: Kane Williamson (Captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, B.J. Watling (wk).
First Published On : Oct 16, 2016 20:25 IST