Black Caps have taken the lead by 1-0 in three-match One-Day International (ODI) series after winning the India vs New Zealand 1st ODI. A two hundred- run partnership between Tom Latham and Ross Taylor steered New Zealand to a six-wicket victory over India at Wankhade stadium in Mumbai on Sunday. Latham was unbeaten on 103. Henry Nicholls stoke the winning runs with 6 balls remaining.
Although, Taylor was dismissed for 95 with only one run required for victory.
However, Kane Williamson the captain of the New Zealand team said Virat Kohli’s ton created a pressure on their team.
“Brilliant performance. The way we started was fantastic and a great 100 by Virat Kohli put us under a bit of pressure but we bounced back alright. That was one of the best run chases I’ve witnessed and the partnership took the game right to the end. You want to play the game deep here in India and we needed that big partnership, the weather has been challenging but we stuck to the task well and credit to the team for the win,” said Williamson.
Earlier, a classy Kohli century propelled India to 280-8. The Indian captain, playing in his 200th ODI match, smashed 121 off 125 balls including nine fours and two sixes.
Kohli brought up his ton with a single in the 45th over. As he completed it he raised his bat to acknowledge the acclaim of the adoring Indian crowd.
Furthermore, this is the first time any captain has scored the highest score of 121 in 200th ton. He has become the first captain to score 1318 runs in a single calendar year.
Moreover, Kohli was all praise about Tom & Ross.
“The knock on the 200th ODI was personally a milestone but it would have been better if we were on the winning side. Credit goes to New Zealand for the way they play, I feel we were about 20 or 30 runs short. The wicket was a bit slow and they bowled in the right channels. They batted very well, they played our spinners pretty well, credit to Ross and Tom for the way they played, Ross has been around and he knows the conditions and Tom showed a lot of character,” Kohli said.
India XI: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (W), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur
New Zealand XI: Kane Williamson (C), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (W), Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker
The next match will be played on 25th October at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune.