New Zealand vs India 1st ODI: Shami, Kuldeep lead India to comfortable win

Mohammed Shami three wickets New Zealand India 1st ODI Napier cricket

Mohammed Shami finished with figures of 3-19 off six overs

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Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav took seven wickets between them as India cruised to an eight-wicket win over New Zealand via the Duckworth-Lewis-Stern method in the first ODI in Napier.

Choosing to bat first, New Zealand got off to a disappointing start as opener Martin Guptill was clean bowled by Shami for five runs.

Colin Munro only scored eight runs before he suffered the same fate as Guptill.

Ross Taylor mustered 24 runs before he was caught and bowled by Yuzvendra Chahal, while the same thing happened to Tom Latham after he scored 11.

Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner fell soon after, while captain Kane Williamson was the only batsman to put up a fight as he made an 81-ball 64, which included seven boundaries, before he was dismissed by Kuldeep.

Kuldeep then took out Doug Bracewell, Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult in quick succession as New Zealand were skittled out for 157.

Kuldeep was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Shami snapped up three, Chahal got two and Kedar Jadhav chipped in with one.

Chasing 158 to win initially, India got off to a solid start as Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan amassed a 41-run partnership before Rohit was caught by Guptill at slip off the bowling of Bracewell for 11.

Shortly after, play was held up for about 40 minutes since the sunlight was right in the batsman’s eyes when facing one end of the ground.

As a result, India were given a revised target of 156 to win in 49 overs.

Once the match resumed, Dhawan and India captain Virat Kohli kept the scoreboard ticking with a 91-run stand, during which Dhawan brought up his fifty, before Kohli was caught behind off the bowling of Ferguson for 45.

Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu mopped up the remaining runs as India won the match with 85 balls to spare.

Dhawan finished on 75, which came off 103 balls and included six boundaries.

Bracewell and Ferguson claimed one wicket each.

Shami was named Man of the Match.

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