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!
*vs New Zealand, 2016
MoM on ODI debut for IND: Sandeep Patil v Aus, MCG, 1980 Mohit Sharma v Zim, Bulawayo, 2013 KL Rahul v Zim, Bulawayo, 2016 HARDIK PANDYA *
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).
Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match for his spell of 3/31
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.
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.
Virat Kohli is the 'Bankable player of the Match'.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
That awkward Ironic moment when Dhoni - Kohli partnership is broken through run out!
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.
Maybe hitting the winning six in addition to that would be nice.
If MS Dhoni finishes unbeaten in this innings he will break Michael Bevan's world record for "not outs" in ODIs with 68#indvsnz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!
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)
Rohit Sharma has a chance to complete 2000 ODI runs on Indian soil in this series. He currently has 1,698 runs from 33 ODIs#indvnz#indvsnz
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
125 runs were added by NZ's 8th, 9th and 10th wkts today - most from those 3 wkts for them in any ODI. #IndvsNZ
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.
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).
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