New Zealand vs India 1st ODI: New Zealand go 1-0 up despite Kohli’s century

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Anderson smashed 68 runs off 40 balls

New Zealand’s batting trio of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson all scored half-centuries to lead the Black Caps to a 24-run win over India in the first ODI in Napier.

The trio were well supported by left-arm pace bowler Mitchell McClenaghan, who took four wickets.

However, India batsman Virat Kohli deserves some credit as well as he scored a valiant century.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first.

His decision to do so paid off as New Zealand opening batsman Jesse Ryder was clean bowled by Mohammed Shami for 18.

Ryder’s opening partner, Martin Guptill, only scored eight runs before he was caught by Ravichandran Ashwin at first slip off the bowling of Shami.

Williamson and Taylor made up for the early loss of Ryder and Guptill with a brilliant 121-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Williamson was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at silly mid-off off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

Williamson’s outstanding knock of 71 came off 88 balls and included seven boundaries.

Taylor ended up making 55 off 82 deliveries, which included one boundary, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shami.

New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum made a quickfire 30 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Anderson and wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi kept the runs flowing with a 66-run partnership, during which Anderson recorded his half-century, before Ronchi was caught by Kumar at backward point off the bowling of Ishant Sharma for 30.

New Zealand eventually finished on 292/7 off their 50 overs thanks to Anderson’s unbeaten 68 off 40 balls, which included three boundaries and four sixes.

Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers with four wickets, while Kumar, Sharma and Jadeja all chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 293 to win, India got off to a poor start as opening batsman Rohit Sharma was caught by Tim Southee at deep fine leg off the bowling of McClenaghan for just three runs.

Shikhar Dhawan and Kohli made up for the early loss of Sharma with a 58-run partnership before Dhawan was caught by Taylor off the bowling of Anderson for 32.

Rahane only scored seven runs before he was brilliantly caught by Nathan McCullum at mid-off off the bowling of Anderson.

Suresh Raina managed to make 18 runs before he was caught by Southee at deep fine leg off the bowling of Adam Milne.

Kohli and Dhoni stabilised the innings with a 95-run partnership, during which Kohli registered his 18th ODI century, before Dhoni was caught behind off the bowling of McClenaghan for 40.

Kohli failed to last much longer as he was caught by Ryder to become McClenaghan’s fourth victim of the match.

Kohli’s superb knock of 123 came off 111 balls and included 11 boundaries and two sixes.

Following Kohli’s dismissal, India’s lower order completely collapsed and the tourists ended up being bowled out for 268.

McClenaghan was the most successful New Zealand bowler with four wickets, while Anderson snapped up two and Southee, Williamson and Milne all picked up one wicket each.

Dhoni was disappointed with his team’s performance, and said: “I think overall it was a good decision to bat first. It had to be backed by good bowling. We didn’t’ do well in first three/four overs, but then we came back well. It was important for the spinners to bowl with control, while the seamers were not so consistent with their lengths.

“We were in the game, right till the end, but the wickets of Kohli, Jadeja and me hurt us. It was important that one of us carried on till the end. We could have targeted the runs at the end, but we ran out of overs. We had good time to prepare ourselves. I think a few of the batsmen played well today, but it is important that if you get a decent start you push on to a big score. It is a little easier in India to do it, but here you have to work for it. Its important not to get yourself out, but only to a good ball.”

McCullum was ecstatic to have taken a 1-0 lead over the top-ranked ODI side in the world, and said: “I thought we had a par score and the way India bowled they restricted us to just below 300.

“Virat’s innings was world-class and showed why he is one of the best in the world.

“Mitch did the job for us with the ball, and showed how vital he is to our side.

“It was good to see some partnerships throughout the batting. Ross and Kane’s stand in particular was important for our side. I was pretty pleased with how Corey went as well. So pleased with the batters. It’s a captain’s nightmare when you have those two guys there, but the message was simple, try to find a way to get a wicket.

“I thought Mitch was outstanding, and I thought Milne was really good tonight, despite the injury. Yeah our ground fielding was pretty good, and that is what we pride ourselves in.”

Anderson was named Man of the Match for his outstanding knock, and said: “Yeah it’s nice to set it up at the end there after Ross and Kane built it for us. It was tough at the death but I guess that is something we have to look at next game. We started off well with the ball, and then through the Powerplay stage it got a bit messy, but you expect it in that stage.”

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