Auckland : The ODI debut of Indian cricket team’s fast bowler Umran Malik ended in a disappointing result as the host team New Zealand defeated India by 7 wickets in the first ODI here and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Tom Latham outstretched his superb record against India. Wicket keeper batter scored unbeaten 145 off 104 balls while calm Williamson finish on 94 not out off 98 balls.
Umran Malik took two wickets on his ODI debut to trouble the Black Caps while Washington Sundar, after scoring 37 not out off 16 balls, was economical in his spell of 0/42. The rest of the bowlers, including debutant left-arm fast bowler Arsdeep Singh, proved costly.
Chasing 307, Finn Allen and Dion Conway hit five fours in the first five overs. Allen was dropped by Yuzvinder Chahal at short mid-wicket off Shardul Thakur , but was caught behind the wickets by Umran Malik on the third ball of the eighth over. After the power play, Conway campaigned quickly but became umran Malik’s first ODI wicket. Four overs later, Daryl Mitchell was caught at deep point for another wicket to Malik’s name.
In the last 11 overs, New Zealand needed 91 runs with seven wickets in hand. A couple of quick wickets and India could have been in the game, but that’s when Latham shifted the game decisively towards New Zealand. he scored his seventh ODI hundred, off just 76 balls and shifted the gears.at the end new Zealand scored winning run in the 48 over.
Earlier captain Dhawan scored 72 runs in 77 balls which included 13 fours. Fellow opener Gill scored 50 runs in an innings of 65 balls which included 3 sixes. Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer was the top scorer for India, he scored 80 off 76 balls which included 4 fours and as many sixes.
Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan believes his bowlers failed to execute their plans and bowled too many short balls against an aggressive batsman like Tom Latham, who posted a career-best score in the first ODI of the series here on Friday.
Brief Score: India 306/7 (Dhawan 72, Shreyas 80; Tim Southee 73/3 and Ferguson 59/3)
New Zealand: 309/3 (Latham 145 not out, Williamson 94 not out, Umran Malik 66/2) –