India eased to a six-wicket win against New Zealand with as many as 101 balls to spare in the first ODI at Dharamsala on Sunday evening.
On what was a nice greenish looking pitch that assisted lateral movement, India reduced New Zealand to 65 for 7 but failed to give the knock out punch. New Zealand went on to score a decent total of 190.
However, India were steered through to victory comfortably by Virat Kohli’s unbeaten 85.
Bowling first after winning the toss, India was in command very early as debutant Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav ripped through the top order.
Pandya opening the bowling, got Martin Guptill edging to slip in the second over of the match. Umesh Yadav with two consecutive deliveries, in the fifth over’s last delivery and with the seventh over’s first delivery got the big wickets of New Zealand Captain Kane Williamson (3) and Ross Taylor (0).
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Kane Williamson was caught slashing to thirdman while Ross Taylor was forced to nick one behind. Umesh Yadav narrowly missed out on a hat-trick. Both Yadav and Hardik Pandya were generating good pace of around 143 kmph.
Umesh Yadav then came up with an outstanding diving catch to his right at mid off to hold on to a full blooded drive from Corey J Anderson off Pandya. Again Umesh Yadav was in the limelight, taking a sharp catch off a flick from Luke Ronchi in Pandya’s bowling as NZ slipped to 48 for 5 in 12.1 overs.
Kedar Jadhav, who is known more for his middle order batting, joined the party taking two wickets in consecutive deliveries with his part time off breaks. He had Jimmy Neesham patting a return catch and then had Mitchell Santner edging a cut to MS Dhoni for a first ball duck.
Like Umesh Yadav, Kedar Jadhav too missed out on a hat-trick but his two wickets had the Kiwis in the danger of getting bowled out under 100.
Thanks to opener Tom Latham’s unbeaten 79 (from 98 balls with 7 fours and a six) and a superb cameo of 55 from 46 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes by Tim Southee at no.10, the New Zealanders had something on the board to defend. Leg spinner Amit Mishra wrapped up the Kiwi innings taking the remaining three wickets.
India got off to a solid start of 49 from the openers before Rohit Sharma was lbw to Dough Bracewell for 14 in the 10th over. His opening partner Ajinkya Rahane scored 33 from 34 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes before he nicked one behind off Jimmy Neesham.
New Zealand beleieved they had a chance as India were 62 for 2 but a 40-run stand between Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey for the third wicket sealed the run chase. Manish Pandey was dismissed for 17 whipping Ish Sodhi to mid wicket.
Skipper MS Dhoni with 21 added 60 runs for the fourth wicket with Kohli to take India closer to the target. Kohli alongside Kedar Jadhav (10*) finished the match in the 34th over.
Virat Kohli’s majestic 85 not out came in 81 balls with 9 fours and a six. The Man of the Match award was given to Hardik Pandya.
The second of the five ODIs will be played on October 20 at Delhi.