New Zealand secured a narrow 24-run victory over India in the first one-day international between the two sides in Napier. Kane Williamson hit 71 to top score for New Zealand before Mitchell McClenaghan took four wickets to put the Kiwis 1-0 up in the series.
|1st ODI: New Zealand vs India at Napier|
|New Zealand Innings: 292-7 (50 Overs|
|MJ Guptill||c Ashwin b Mohammed Shami||8||23||1||0|
|JD Ryder||b Mohammed Shami||18||16||3||1|
|KS Williamson||c Rahane b Jadeja||71||88||7||0|
|LRPL Taylor||c †Dhoni b Mohammed Shami||55||82||1||0|
|BB McCullum*||c †Dhoni b Kumar||30||25||4||0|
|CJ Anderson||not out||68||40||3||4|
|L Ronchi†||c Kumar b I Sharma||30||18||2||2|
|NL McCullum||c & b Mohammed Shami||2||5||0||0|
|TG Southee||not out||3||3||0||0|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 6)||7|
|Total||(7 wickets; 50 overs; 212 mins)||292|
|India Innings: 228 (48.4 Overs)|
|RG Sharma||c Southee b McClenaghan||3||23||0||0|
|S Dhawan||c Taylor b Anderson||32||46||3||0|
|V Kohli||c Ryder b McClenaghan||123||111||11||2|
|AM Rahane||c NL McCullum b Anderson||7||13||0||0|
|SK Raina||c Southee b Milne||18||22||2||0|
|MS Dhoni*†||c †Ronchi b McClenaghan||40||46||2||2|
|RA Jadeja||c †Ronchi b McClenaghan||0||3||0||0|
|R Ashwin||c Southee b Williamson||12||10||0||1|
|B Kumar||run out (†Ronchi/Williamson)||6||4||1||0|
|I Sharma||b Southee||5||10||0||0|
|Mohammed Shami||not out||7||4||1||0|
|Extras||(lb 3, w 12)||15|
|Total||(all out; 48.4 overs; 224 mins)||268|
|ESPN Cric Info|
The hosts batted first and Jesse Ryder looked to set the tone early; smashing a six in the first over from the bowling Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But the tourists always seemed to take key wickets at crucial moments in the game and in doing so, they sucked any real momentum out of the New Zealand innings.
Mohammed Shami splayed Ryder’s stumps not long after that enormous hit, and he was back in the hutch for just 18. His fellow opener Martin Guptill looked to play in a much more conservative fashion, but he went for eight off the same bowler.
At 32-2 and with both openers gone, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor did an excellent job rebuilding the innings. They knuckled down in the infancy of their partnership before looking to accelerate from around about the 16th over.
Williamson played well for his 71 from 88 deliveries, but he would have been frustrated by the manner in which he got out after lofting to Ajinkya Rahane off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.
Taylor followed in the 37th over for 55 but by that point with the score at 171/4 the New Zealand big-hitters had an excellent platform to come in and take the game away from the tourists.
Brendon McCullum hit 30 from his 25 deliveries before Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi looked to really accelerate the scoring rate in the final 10 overs. Ronchi bludgeoned 30 from just 18 balls, but the star of the show was undoubtedly Anderson.
He finished 68 not out from 40 balls after hauling the Indian bowling attack for four sixes and helped his side to a final score of 292-7.
A difficult total to chase down, no doubt. But with India’s batting firepower you always have to give them a chance.
However, the New Zealand bowlers restricted them to very little early on. The frustration eventually told for Indian opener Rohit Sharma, who notched just three from 23 deliveries, as he was caught trying to hook McClenaghan.
The dangerous Shikhar Dhawan followed not long after leaving the tourists in a spot of bother at 73-2. At this point, Virat Kohli took it upon himself to give India a major chance in this contest. He played with class and poise whilst the rest of the Indian innings seemed to fall apart around him.
Rahane and Suresh Raina went for lowly scores before M.S. Dhoni joined Kohli at the crease with the score at 129-4 in the 29th over. Dhoni looked to counter-attack and played a thrilling innings including one enormous six smashed back over the bowler's head.
He departed for 40 off the bowling of McClenagahan, but at 224-5 with the best part of seven overs remaining, India had a decent chance. But Jadeja lasted just three deliveries before he was caught behind off the same bowler before Kohli, who made a remarkable 123, fell in the 45th over with the score on 237-7.
The Indian innings had lost any sort of momentum and New Zealand capitalised. Ravichandran Ashwin threatened to salvage something for the hosts, but they were eventually skittled out for 268; 24 runs short of the New Zealand total.
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