India vs New Zealand 1st ODI Highlights – Oct 22, 2017

Ind v NZ highlights today – First one day international from Mumbai Cricket Association, Wankhede Stadium, D Road, Churchgate, Mumbai (India) Sunday 22nd October 2017.

India won the toss and chose to bat first.

India team/playing XI
S Dhawan, RG Sharma, V Kohli (c), KD Karthik, KM Jadhav, MS Dhoni †, HH Pandya, B Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav,
JJ Bumrah, YS Chahal.

New Zealand team/playing XI
MJ Guptill, C Munro, KS Williamson (c), LRPL Taylor, TWM Latham †, HM Nicholls, C de Grandhomme, MJ Santner, AF Milne, TG Southee, TA Boult.

Match Timings: 13:30 local (08:00 GMT)

After winning the toss Indian team captain V Kohli decided to bat first and India scored 280 runs with eight wickets down in 50 overs. RG Sharma opener of the Indian team scored 20 runs off 18 deliveries, he smashed two sixes in his innings and out when it was 5.4 my, my. That’s not international cricket, you can’t keep making mistakes and expect to get away with it. Boult bowls this full around off, and his natural angle gets the ball to come back into him. Rohit stays in his crease, looks at the right side of the ground to hit the ball but plays an awful stroke, it’s another T20 heave, the ball finds a big gap between bat and pad, and knocks off stump. Four mistakes in seven balls, one of them make him pay 29/2.

S Dhawan another aggressive Indian batsman had not survived for so long this time and gone with scoring just nine runs. When his wicket dismissed then it was 3.2 edged and gone! Fantastic bowling from Boult. Good length outside off, fifth-stump line, it’s not wide enough for Dhawan to cut, and Dhawan feels he needs to play because of that previous delivery and with Boult getting the ball to hold its line. This one, though, pitches and swings further away, and Dhawan wafts at it needlessly. Gets a thick outside edge which flies at chest height to Latham’s left. That’s Boult’s wicket, set him up with some superb bowling. 16/1.

KM Jadhav scored 12, KD Karthik 37, MS Dhoni † 25, HH Pandya 16, B Kumar 26. It was a captain knock today V Kohli played beautifully and scored 121 runs off 125 deliveries. He completed his innings with nine 4s and two maximums. When his great innings end then it was 49.2 six and out. But he’s done his job, much more actually. It’s shortish around off, Kohli uses his bottom hand to swing through the line, the ball lobs to long-on, where Boult takes a simple catch. A tired acknowledgement of the applause, what fitness, superb innings 270/7. TA Boult took four wickets, TG Southee took three wickets and MJ Santner took one.

The pitch in Mumbai wore a brownish look on Saturday, amid fairly dry conditions. The Wankhede surface is noted for its batting-friendly nature – the last ODI here saw South Africa amass 438, and the same trend could follow. Mumbai has received some erratic rains in the last few weeks, which means Sunday is likely to be hot and humid.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson confirmed that Colin Munro will open the batting with Martin Guptill. The visitors might also have to make a choice between Nicholls, Phillips, and George Worker. Ajinkya Rahane struck at least a fifty in each of his four most recent ODIs, but with Shikhar Dhawan returning to India’s squad, he appears set to partner Rohit at the top. Dinesh Karthik might have to tussle with Manish Pandey for a middle-order spot.

New Zealand tour of India 1st ODI (D/N) Highlights

Umpires – Michael Gough, Nandan
TV Umpires – Rod Tucker
Match Referee – Chris Broad
Reserve Umpire – Nitin Menon
Match number – ODI no. 3929

New Zealand 284 for 4 (Latham 103*, Taylor 95) beat India 280 for 8 (Kohli 121, Boult 4-35) by 6 wickets. Virat Kohli, in his 200th ODI, sought to play the perfect innings on a slow pitch and in sapping heat. He got lucky when he took the calculated risk, he was also dropped on 29, but that was fortune earned and he went on to score his 31st hundred. New Zealand took more risks collectively, opened with almost a pinch hitter, but enjoyed less luck than Kohli. Yet, Kohli was let down by his team-mates, 37 being the next best score to his 121, whereas all New Zealand batsmen contributed – Ross Taylor and Tom Latham added 200 – as they chased down 281, only their third win when batting second against India in India.

It was a fascinating contrast of batting approaches. Kohli trusted his game and his fitness to score at around 80 runs per 100 balls without looking to even hit a boundary. He hit only five boundaries in his first 75 runs, two of them without meaning to. New Zealand, on the other hand, came out attacking, with Colin Munro taking a risk every over. If it was a ploy to put the Indian spinners under pressure even before they were introduced, it didn’t work as they managed to still lose wickets. Latham and Taylor, though, swept the spinners to distraction, managed the seamers with ease, and kept finding the boundary whenever the asking rate threatened to become uncomfortable.

That the run rate was not highly demanding was down largely to Trent Boult, who removed the India openers in his first spell, and then took the wickets of MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya as he conceded just 35 in his 10 overs. He might have dropped an apparent sitter from Kohli, but Mitchell Santner, perhaps the only relatively permanent specialist finger spinner in limited-overs cricket today, did his bit with the ball, taking Kedar Jadhav’s wicket and conceding just 41 runs in his allotment of 10 overs.

Kohli had to find a way around these two and slow conditions to build the India innings single-handedly. He stayed at the wicket for 46 overs in Mumbai’s October heat of over 30 degrees centigrade and humidity over 70%, but not once did he miss a quick single or fail to put pressure on the deep fielders with the threat of a second run. He came in to bat when the reunited India openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma, seemed like they had eyes set on the return of the high-scoring ODI in India. Both of them perished to the swing of Boult, and with a shaky idle order to follow, Kohli knew he had to carry the innings.

Kohli did find support from a new middle-order applicant, Dinesh Karthik, who was playing his first ODI in India since 2010, but the support didn’t last. Around the 30th over, when wickets come with the bigger impact than the earlier ones, Kane Williamson went back to his strike bowlers. In his first over back, Tim Southee sent back Karthik off a mis-hit hook, a shot that had earlier produced three sixes for India. Now came the spell of play where teams hope for wickets to shut the opposition out. To that end, New Zealand kept going to their strike bowlers. MS Dhoni and Kohli managed to deny New Zealand those wickets, but Dhoni’s innings of 42 balls came at a strike rate of under 60. No side could say it owned this period of play, but in the end, it proved to be the difference between chasing 281 and 300.

Boult came back to make sure India didn’t run away at the end even though Kohli accelerated gradually and Bhuvneshwar Kumar provided a finishing kick with 26 off 15. Eighty-three in those last 10 overs gave India a more than competitive total given the form of their bowlers and the nature of the pitch. However, after a pretty formulaic effort from Australia, India were now against an opposition that was intent on upsetting their rhythm. Latham, who scored runs in each of his innings in the ODI series in India last year, was asked to step down into the middle order. Munro was asked to distract India’s new-ball bowlers. He succeeded for a bit before Jasprit Bumrah’s slower one accounted for him. Kuldeep Yadav was in the game right away, getting Williamson with a wrong’un that one of the best batsmen in the world failed to pick. Pandya bounced Martin Guptill out to make it 80 for 3, leaving India potentially one blow away from sealing the defense.

Latham and Taylor, though, had other ideas. Latham, especially, played the cleaner, more controlled innings. He swept and reverse-swept 20 of the 51 balls of spin he faced, taking 35 of his 58 runs of spin through those two shots. Taylor had to curb his leg-side play a little although he stayed partial to his other favourite, the cut. Over by over, shot by shot, the partnership grew. The spinners went past the bat but failed to create a wicket. There came two opportunities in the field. In the 31st over, Dhoni could have run Taylor out with a direct hit at the bowler’s end. Dhoni missed, but Chahal, the bowler, was not at the wicket to collect the throw. In the 36th over, Kohli got a fortunate bounce at the cover and Taylor gave up trying to make it. Kohli missed the stumps again. Taylor was 40 and 56 at those instances.

Desperate, India went back to seam bowlers, holding back four overs of spin, hoping they could pounce on the inexperienced batsmen to follow. For that, though, they needed a breakthrough. It wasn’t forthcoming as Latham and Taylor willed each other on, punishing every error from India. By the time, the last dice was rolled with the reintroduction of spin, New Zealand needed just 63 from nine overs. Latham now was in the mood to have some fun, reverse-sweeping both the spinners. The batsmen had to work hard in the humidity; just like Dhoni and Kohli, they had to take frequent breaks. For India, the break came too late, with the scores level. Taylor could have manipulated the scoring in the end and followed his partner Latham into a century, but he chose not to disrespect the opposition and took every run and leg-bye on offer. He was caught on 95 with the scores level, and you couldn’t sense an ounce of disappointment at missing a century.