Team India continued their dominance in recent away tours as they thrashed New Zealand by eight wickets to win the First ODI played in Napier. Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav picked up seven wickets amongst themselves as the Indian bowlers dismantled the Kiwis batting line-up for a paltry score of 157 inside 38 overs.
After having won the toss, Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper decided to bat first. However, this backfired for the Kiwis as both the openers were dismissed by Shami, as New Zealand were reeling at 18/2 inside 3.3 overs.
A partnership of 34 runs between Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor was about to blossom before Yuzvendra Chahal removed Taylor first and Tom Latham a few overs later through caught and bowled. Kane Williamson was the only batsman who looked solid for the Kiwis, however, wickets were tumbling at the other end.
Eventually, Kane was also dismissed after a well-fought 64 off Kuldeep Yadav’s delivery which was handsomely caught by Vijay Shankar at long-on, as New Zealand scored stuttered at 146/7. Wickets tumbled thereafter as New Zealand were bundled up for 157 inside 38 overs with Kane Williamson top-scoring for the Kiwis with 64 runs. For India, Kuldeep Yadav picked up 4 wickets, while Mohammed Shami picked up 3 wickets.
In reply, the Indian openers started confidently adding 41 runs on the board for the first wicket before Rohit Sharma was caught by Martin Guptill at slips off Doug Bracewell’s delivery. Virat Kohli then joined Shikhar Dhawan in the middle who went on to score unbeaten 75. Dhawan along with Kohli added 91-runs for the second wicket before Kohli perished trying to hit a cheeky boundary towards fine leg, he went on to glove a Lockie Ferguson delivery that was comfortably caught by Tom Latham, the Kiwi keeper.
After Kohli’s departure, Dhawan along with Ambati Rayudu took the Indian total past the Kiwi score as the duo handed over India a comfortable 8-wicket victory. Mohammed Shami for his fine performance of picking up 3 crucial wickets, namely of Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, and Mitchell Santner, was adjudged the player of the match.
The next match is to be played on 26th of Jan at Mount Maunganui, and we expect India to continue to dominate the Kiwis after a brilliant performance in Napier.
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