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India vs New Zealand, Highlights, Dharamsala ODI: Virat Kohli seals win with six

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.

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India vs New Zealand, Highlights, Dharamsala ODI: Virat Kohli seals win with six

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Oct 16, 2016 - 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).

Oct 16, 2016 - 20:14 (IST)

Hardik Pandya is the Man of the Match for his spell of 3/31

Oct 16, 2016 - 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. 

Oct 16, 2016 - 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. 

Oct 16, 2016 - 20:08 (IST)

Virat Kohli is the 'Bankable player of the Match'.

Oct 16, 2016 - 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. 

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.

India vs New Zealand Highlights Dharamsala ODI Virat Kohli seals win with six

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).

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