IND vs NZ: After losing the T20I series, New Zealand started the ODI series on a winning note on Friday. The Blackcaps registered a comfortable 7-wicket win over Shikhar Dhawan and Co. to take a 1-0 lead in the series. India batted extremely well and did manage to put on a pretty good score of 306 runs on the board. Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill put on a 124-run partnership for the opening wicket to lay a strong foundation.
Dhawan amassed 72 runs in 77 deliveries, while Shubman Gill scored 50 off 65 balls, including 1 four and 3 sixes. Gill got out in the 24th over but runs kept coming at a great pace. Iyer continued his fine form as he scored yet another half-century in the ODI format.
He top-scored for India with the bat, scoring 80 runs in 76 balls, including 4 fours and as many sixes. However, Dhawan’s wicket saw New Zealand coming back into the game. The likes of Pant (15) and Suryakumar Yadav (4) departed quickly.
But a brilliant knock from Washington Sundar of 37 runs in 16 balls helped the team give a strong finish. He scored 37 runs in 16 balls, including 3 fours and as many sixes. His stunning knock helped the team reach a mammoth score of 306 at the end of the first innings.
The match-winning partnership of Williamson & Latham
In reply, New Zealand didn’t make a great start. Both Allen (22) and Conway (24) were guilty of not converting the starts into big scores. Daryl Mitchell also departed early as New Zealand had lost three wickets for 88 runs on the board.
However, what followed was a match-winning partnership between Kane Williamson and Tom Latham. Both took the game out of the hands of India and completely chased down the score in 47.1 overs. Kane Williamson played an unbeaten knock of 94 runs in 98 balls, while Tom Latham, on the other hand, also played a sensational knock of 145 runs in 104 balls.
IND vs NZ Brief Scores: New Zealand309 for 3 (Latham 145*, Williamson 94*, Malik 2-66) beat India 306 for 7 (Iyer 80, Dhawan 72, Gill 50, Ferguson 3-59, Southee 3-73) by seven wickets