India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI: Ross Taylor stitches sweet win for New Zealand

As it happened: New Zealand's win against India in the first ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

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Highlights of the first ODI between India and New Zealand that at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.

 

It was a magnificient chase from the Kiwis who timed it very well. Ross Taylor got vital partnerships from Nicholls and Latham during the chase. The Indian bowling unit barely clicked today and conceded runs across the innings, giving the visitor no chance of taking control of the match.

The second ODI is on Saturday at Eden Park. We'll be back with live coverage of the game. Until then, goodbye.

New Zealand 348/6, 48.1 Overs Shami is back into the attack, concedes a run off the first ball and that seal's New Zealand's win.

New Zealand 347/5, 48 Overs Ross Taylor takes on Shardul Thakur to ensure New Zealand doesn't choke in this chase. Hits a six and a four to take the Kiwis closer.

New Zealand 330/5, 45.5 Overs And Colin de Grandhomme, who had just walked in, is run out! Iyer with a good throw and Kohli is very quick to dislodge the bails. The Kiwis have lost 3 wickets for just 21 runs now. Who has the momentum right now?

New Zealand 328/4, 45.2 Overs Jimmy Neesham hasn't timed his shot well and Jadhav at long-on takes a good catch. Shami gets his first wicket of the day. Has India got a foot in the door here?

New Zealand 320/4, 43.1 Overs Ross Taylor pulls a short delivery past backward square leg, takes a single and wraps up his century. The hemlet comes off, the tongue comes out and that hundred number 21 for him.

New Zealand 309/4, 41.4 Overs Breakthrough finally! Latham falls. He comes down the track but mistimed his shot. Shami at long-on takes an easy catch.

Jimmy Neesham walks in.

New Zealand 307/3, 41 Overs Bumrah comes in, as expected, and Bumrah concedes 15 runs. Even he can't stemp the flow of runs! This match is firmly in the Kiwis' grasp now. Just 41 needed off 54 balls.

New Zealand 292/3, 40 Overs Ross Taylor is on song today! And India's bowling lineup has made things easier for him. The latest casuality for Taylor is Shardul Thakur, who gives away 21 runs.  Bumrah needs to come in now, otherwise any spell later could become redundant.

New Zealand 267/3, 38.2 Overs Latham edges the ball wide of backward point, picks up four runs and completes his fifty. He was 3 off 13 balls at one point. And now, he completes his half century in 38 balls.

New Zealand 250/3, 37 Overs Latham and Taylor have stepped on the gas now! Jadeja is hammered for two boundaries and a huge six; and New Zealand has moved ahead at this stage. 13 overs to wrap this up.

 

New Zealand 222/3, 35 Overs Latham gets into the action now! Shardul Thakur bowled four good balls and the Kiwi skipper made the most off the last two balls. Sends over mid-wicket fielder for a four and follows it by sending it square leg boudnary for another.

New Zealand 206/3, 33.5 Overs Ross Taylor takes a single off Kuldeep and brings up his fifty.  Came in 45 balls only. Can he convert this into a match-winning knock?

New Zealand 189/3, 32 Overs Kuldeep might have picked up an important wicket but he has been expensive since. His latest over, after the drinks break, sees New Zealand pick up 11 runs, including two boudnaries around square-leg.

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Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah celebrate the wicket of Henry Nicholls.   -  Getty Images

 

New Zealand 178/3, 31 Overs Kohli's brillaince in the field has stopped the run flow. Latham is new to the pitch and he is taking his time to adjust to the way the ball is moving. And that's drinks.

New Zealand 171/3, 28.3 Overs If the bowlers can't get the wicket, then Kohli will do it himself! Lightening quick in the field to run out Nicholls. A very good innings ends all due to the Indian skipper's reflexes. He ran in from cover and flicks the ball while in the air. A dangerous looking partnership broken.

 

Kiwis' skipper Tom Latham comes to the crease.

New Zealand 164/2, 28 Overs Kohli is trying all bowling and fielding combinations to break this partnership but nothing has worked, for now. Jadeja coninues on one end and Shami stays in the attack, and gives away just three runs in an improved over.

New Zealand 156/2, 26 Overs Shami replaces Kuldeep, Shami gives away boundaries. Kohli brings back Shami into the attack and he also ends up conceeding two boundaries (over deep square and through extra cover) to Nicholls.

New Zealand 140/2, 24 Overs A costly over from Kuldeep! Ross Taylor gets the over started with a boundary and Nicholls gets two bondaries later — at deep backward square leg fence and then between midwicket and mid-on — to add 15 runs from that over. Kohli isn't all too pleased with that.

New Zealand 122/2, 22 Overs Jadeja and Kuldeep aren't giving away much. The ball's turning well too, which explains why Kohli is continuing with them for now.

New Zealand 110/2, 20 Overs Kuldeep makes a good comeback. In his second over, he tempts Blundell to attempt an aggressive hoick; Tom Blundell takes the bait and pays the price. He is likely deceived by the flight and the slow pace; he completes his bat swing but cannot connect bat with ball. K. L. Rahul, behind the stumps, does the rest.

There's nearly another wicket as new batsman Ross Taylor and Nicholls attempt a quick single after Taylor plays a defensive stroke. Nicholls' dive and a wayward throw saves him.

New Zealand 104/1, 18 Overs Nicholls gets to his 10th ODI half-century with a slap through the off-side off Kuldeep Yadav. The batsmen would have run two as the ball was withing the reach of the fielder in the deep, but Mohammed Shami sticks out his left boot to stop the ball and fails. Kuldeep isn't amused.

Kuldeep's first over goes for 13. Blundell, the new batsman, collects a boundary through a cover-drive later in the over. There are two singles and a brace, too, in the over, and a wide.

New Zealand 86/1, 16 Overs: Guptill plays an upper cut to third man and pays the price. It's caught by Kedar Jadhav and New Zealand is one down. Guptill seemed to be hesitant to make that stroke off a short delivery outside off-stump, but he did eventually. Shardul Thakur with the breakthrough.

New Zealand 71/0, 14 Overs The Indians have strung together a few quiet overs as Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill settle in. The last boundary was in the 10th over, a tuck to leg by Nicholls off Shardul Thakur. The required run-rate is climbing up slowly.

New Zealand 44/0, 8 Overs Nicholls has got stuck into Shami, collecting two boundaries off his third over. New Zealand's off to a positive start here, so important when you are chasing a total in excess of 300.

New Zealand 27/0, 5 Overs Bumrah and Shami are being taken for runs as Guptill and Nicholls try and shift gears in the Powerplay.

New Zealand 11/0, 2 overs Mohammed Shami with a much better opening over. Kept his line tight and didn't give much away.

New Zealand 7/0, 1 over A long first over from Bumrah. Three avoidable wides but that aside, he is settling into this pitch and is getting good movement on the ball. For the Kiwis, this was a productive one.

New Zealand 0/0, 0.1 over Bumrah starts with a short ball and Guptill leaves it alone.

Hello again. We're back for New Zealand's chase. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls have come out. And Jasprit Bumrah will bowl the first over.

India 347/4, 50 overs A good last over from Hamish Bennett keeps India to under 350, with K. L. Rahul finishing unbeaten on 88. Kedar Jadhav with a crucial 15-ball 26, too, in the 55-run partnership for the fifth wicket. New Zealand needs 348 runs to win.

India 340/4, 49 overs Kedar Jadhav starts Neesham's over with a one-handed shot that falls inches short of the deep cover boundary. And Rahul ends the over with reverse-hit over short third man for six massive runs!

 

India 321/4, 48 overs Kedar Jadhav decides to join in. Two boundaries and a massive six for him, and all of them across the park. Takes a single, gives Rahul the strike on the last ball and he also picks up a boundary - at deep backward point. 20 runs off that Southee over.

India 305/4, 47 overs Rahul continues to have the scoreboard ticking. He 74* off 57 balls and at this rate we wouldn't bet against him scoring a century today.

India 292/4, 45.3 overs Shreyas Iyer's innings comes to an end. He finally mishots a ball and Santner over sweeper cover picks a good catch. Southee is happy that another catch wasn't dropped and Iyer departs after scoring a maiden century.

Kedar Jadhav joins Rahul in the middle.

India 291/3, 45 overs The runs continue to flow for India. Neesham's good 44th over is spoiled by a six off the last ball. Rahul picked the full toss delivery and smacked it over deep mid-wicket for six runs. Bennett's next over yileds no boundaries but both the batsman rotate the strike well and take six runs off the over.

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Shreyas Iyer scored his maiden century to put India in control in Hamilton.   -  Getty Images

 

India 275/3, 42.5 overs And now Iyer drives the ball through mid-off to bring up his maiden ODI century!

 

India 273/3, 42.3 overs Rahul nudges the ball to mid-wicket and completes his half-century.

India 255/3, 40.3 overs DROPPED! Iyer was looking to clear long-on and a sliding de Grandhomme drops the catch. The last thing New Zealand needed to give India this stage was a lifeline.

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Shreyas Iyer and K. L. Rahul have helped India take control of the first ODI against New Zeakand.   -  Getty Images

 

India 251/3, 40 overs Southee was good in his first spell but has been taken to the cleaners in his second. Hi latest over ends with Iyer picking three boundaries to take India over the 250-run mark. With ten overs left and the form Rahul and Iyer are in, it wouldn't be difficult for the visiting side to go past the 300 mark.

 

India 234/3, 38 overs Rahul is only dealing in sixes today! This time it is Southee who suffers. Sends on over mid-off for an effortless six and then smacks one over long-on with a shot that shows how comfortable and on-song he is. And picks a single off the last ball to stay on strike.

India 207/3, 36 overs Iyer takes inspiration from Rahul and he dispatches Bennett for a maximum! Sent it over long-on boudnary with ease.

India 200/3, 35.2 overs A single off Bennett from Rahul and that's 200 runs on the board for India.

India 199/3, 35 overs Rahul might have just come in but he is playing with a lot more urgency. Sodhi is dispatched for two maximums. Forst one is hit over long-off and the very next ball, he picks the googly and sends it over long-on and into the crowd. India inching closer to a good total. Will be interesting to see how India changes gears in the last 15 overs.

India 173/3, 32.1 overs Shreyas Iyer sends a slow-ish delivery from Ish Sodhi to deep backward point and completes his fourth ODI fifty. A smile to acknowledge what has been a fighting effort. He now needs to stay and take India to a formidable score.

India 156/3, 28.4 overs Ish Sodhi comes into the attack and a googly on his fourth ball ends Kohli's innings!  The skipper goes forward to play for the legbreak but the ball fizzes in through the gap between the bat and pad to rattle the stumps. Beautiful delivery from Sodhi.

 

India 150/2, 27.2 overs Kohli flicks the ball to long-on, takes a single and 58th ODI fifty for the skipper. That also tkaes India to the 150 mark.

India 139/2, 26 overs A majority of the boundaries have come early in the innings, from the openers' bats. Since Kohli and Iyer have come in, they have stayed content for the most part with running between the wickets. Despite that, India is sitting well with a 5.46 run rate. As the overs tick on, these two could change gears and make most of the short boundaries.

India 123/2, 23 overs Kohli and Iyer are picking the odd loose ball to attack but otherwise stay cautious at the crease. Spinner Mitchell Santner joins de Grandhomme in the attack and that means the Indian skipper has replaced his helmet with a hat. Both batsmen rotate strike well to frustrate Tom Latham and co.

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Virat Kohli in action during the first ODI against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.   -  Getty Images

 

India 100/2, 19.1 overs Kohli gets a single off Neesham and that brings up the 100 for India.

India 99/2, 19 overs Shreyas Iyer survives twice! First, off Neesham, he gets a thick outside edge and Ross Taylor at backward point gets his hand to the ball but doesn't manage to hold on. Five balls later, off de Grandhomme, Southee at mid-off almost plucks the ball from the air. Almost. Gets his fingertips on it but couldn't get a clean grab and it races away to the boundary.

India 83/2, 16 overs Captain Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer are having to be watchful. James Neesham has been tight on off-stump and the pitch is offering extra bounce, which are making it difficult to score freely. Kohli is batting on 18 off 29 balls, while Iyer is 7 off 16 balls. While India has the experience and flamboyance of K.L. Rahul and Kedar Jadhav to follow, a substantial partnership is the need of the hour.

India 61/2, 12 overs A short ball from Southee, without much pace on it, and Kohli, batting outside the crease, pulls it to the boudnary. The India skipper might still be playing cautiously but he doesn't miss the chance to put away such loose balls. If Southee wanted to lure Kohli from his defensive self, it didn't work as Kohli navigates the next five balls with caution.

Tom Latham brings in Jimmy Neesham into the attack and his first over yields just one run - off Kohli's bat.

India 55/2, 10 overs Both Kohli and Iyer have just come in and they deal with Southee and de Grandhomme cautiously. Both are still trying to get a good sense of the pitch without throwing away another wicket.

India 54/2, 8.4 overs And now the other opener-cum-debutant is gone! Short and slightly wide, Agawral attacks it well but Tom Blundell is there on the offside and he takes a very good catch. Had little time to react.

Shreyas Iyer joins Virat Kohli in the middle.

India 50/1, 8 overs Colin de Grandhomme is introduced to the attack and he makes the breakthrough! Off the last ball of the over, he edges a turning delivery to Latham for an easy catch.

Virat Kohli is the new batsman in.

Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal made their ODI debut against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton.   -  Getty Images

 

India 46/0, 7 overs Two good overs for India, from Bennett and Southee. First, Agarwal finds the fine leg fence and then Shaw pulls a losse delivery away to the square leg for his boudnary. And Agarwal then welcomes Southee into the attack with a lucky boudnary past third slip. The next one is smashed over point, one bounce and four more runs on the board.

India 26/0, 5 overs Shaw picks up back-to-back boundaries off Bennett, flicking the ball through mid-wicket and then a square drive. Much needed confidence bosst for the youngster. Southee returns to the attack, finds some movement on the pitch and packs the off-side — which includes three at slip. Agarwal respods with a wonderful cover drive to pick up his second boundary of the day.

India 11/0, 3 overs And the first boundary of the match comes off Agarwal's bat. Outswinging delivery from Southee and Mayank drilled it past mid-off for four runs.

 

India 6/0, 2 overs Hamish Bennett's opening over sees both batsmen put runs on the board. Shaw and Agarwal try to find the ropes on the longer side but the outfield is slow and both are forced to settle for a double. Also, there's nothing special to write home about this pitch. Slight movement, at best.

India 0/0, 1 over A maiden over from Southee to begin this match. Shaw understandably deals with every ball cautiously.

India 0/0, 0.1 over Short of length outside off delivery and Shaw punches it to cover.

 

Right, we are ready to go. Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw are out in the middle getting their last-minute stretches while surveying the field. Tim Southee to open New Zealand's attack.

Out come the players from both teams for the national anthems, the Indian anthem first up followed by New Zealand's.

Pitch report: V. V. S. Laxman with the pitch report today and he says: "It looks like a beautiful batting surface. There is no grass cover at all, very dry. Batting first, India will look to pile on a big total that they can defend later."

TOSS: Tom Latham makes the right call and wins the toss. India, with debutants Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, will be batting first.

 

Teams

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini.

New Zealand: Tom Latham (capt and wk), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Mark Chapman.

 

PREVIEW

Injuries to key players has opened the door for exciting youngsters such as Prithvi Shaw to make an impression in the Indian line-up against a low-on-confidence and depleted New Zealand in the three-match ODI series starting here on Wednesday.

This is India’s third ODI assignment after the World Cup last year, having previously beaten West Indies (away) and Australia (at home).

The Black Caps, on the other hand, play their first ODI since that infamous loss at Lord’s in the World Cup final against England.

READ | Shaw, Agarwal set to make ODI debuts in opening roles

The last time these two sides met in the 50-over format, New Zealand had knocked India out of the World Cup with an 18-run win over two days in the second semifinal at Manchester.

India extracted revenge with a 5-0 T20 whitewash that concluded on Sunday.

In the current context, stakes aren’t that high as both sides prepare for the T20 World Cup later in Australia this year. In fact, the upcoming two-Test series later this month bears more significance than this ODI clash.

In the ODI series, neither side will be at full strength as a string of first-team players will be missing due to injuries.

India was dealt a major blow when Rohit Sharma was ruled out of the remainder of this tour owing to the calf injury he picked up in the final T20I. The Men in Blue are already missing Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will miss the first two ODIs due to an injury.   -  Getty Images

 

For New Zealand, inspirational skipper Kane Williamson has joined the long list of injured along with the likes of Trent Boult.

Mayank Agarwal was named as Rohit’s replacement for the ODI series on Tuesday afternoon. And skipper Virat Kohli outlined that they will stick to the strategy adopted against Australia in Rajkot, where KL Rahul kept wickets and batted at number five.

Shaw and Agarwal (R) featured for India in the A tour of New Zealand.   -  GETTY IMAGES

 

Kohli had more or less confirmed Shaw’s ODI debut in that scenario, and now India will probably have two openers debuting.

The last time such a situation arose was 2016, when K. L. Rahul and Karun Nair opened for India on their debuts in Zimbabwe.

Sunil Gavaskar and Sudhir Naik (1974) against England and Parthasarthy Sharma and Dilip Vengsarkar (1976) against New Zealand are the other previous instances.

Such a move would set up India’s batting line-up with Kohli at number three and Shreyas Iyer at number four.

In the nets on Tuesday, Manish Pandey batted along with Kohli and Iyer, ahead of Shivam Dube, Rishabh Pant and Kedar Jadhav.

If Pandey plays, the lower order will be a curious mix with Dube, Jadhav and Ravindra Jadeja vying for the all-rounder’s spot.

In the bowling department, three pacers will probably be the norm once again.

Kuldeep Yadav, who sat out the entire T20I series, is slated for a comeback given his performance against Australia at home.

New Zealand will have some re-think before finalising its playing eleven too.

Tom Latham will lead the side ahead of Tim Southee who was stand-in skipper during the last two T20Is. In Williamson’s absence, they will look towards Ross Taylor for batting leadership.

The Black Caps will be rejuvenated though with the inclusion of all-rounder Jimmy Neesham while Colin de Grandhomme returns to the squad as well. Ish Sodhi is only there for the first ODI and the host could opt for a two-spinner attack given the slower surface at Seddon Park.

Keeper-batsman Tom Blundell and lanky pacer Kyle Jamieson are the only ones who don’t have an ODI cap to their name.

Where to watch?

The match will be telecast live on the Star Sports Network. The match will be live-streamed on Hotstar, as well.