After the conclusion of the rain-hit T20I series, which the Men In Blue won by 1-0, the focus shifted to ODIs and New Zealand defeated India by 7 wickets to win the first match at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday (November 25). With the comfortable win, the Black Caps have taken a 1-0 lead in the series.
New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first in the match. They decided to go with the combination of four pacers – Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson – and one spinner – Mitchell Santner – in the playing XI.
India, on the other hand, handed the debut caps to express pacer Umran Malik and in-form left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh. Also, India’s stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan told that although they wanted to bowl first, they were comfortable batting first.
The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill started the series on a high by smashing half-centuries and they added 124 runs in 139 balls. Dhawan scored 72 runs off 77 balls and Gill scored 50 runs off 65 balls.
Then, India lost back-to-back wickets and slipped to 160/4. However, Shreyas Iyer, who initially looked scratchy, smashed an incredible half-century and brought India back into the game while finding good company from Sanju Samson and Washington Sundar.
Iyer smashed 80 runs off 76 balls, Samson amassed 36 runs off 38 balls and Sundar smashed quickfire 37 runs off 16 balls to help India post 306/7. Talking about bowlers, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson bagged three wickets each while Adam Milne picked up one wicket.
Chasing the target, the Black Caps lost the wicket of young opener Finn Allen at the score of 35. Senior opener Devon Conway got out at the score of 68 and Daryl Mitchell was cleaned up at the score of 88.
However, Tom Latham and Kane Williamson had an absolutely outstanding partnership that completely shifted the momentum towards the Kiwis.
Tom Latham smashed a sensational century and registered 145* runs off 104 balls, including 19 fours and 5 sixes. Williamson scored 94* runs off 98 balls, including 7 fours and 1 six.
They had an unbeaten 221-run partnership in 165 balls. This was the highest partnership for New Zealand against India in ODIs and overall the highest fourth-wicket partnership against India in ODIs.
Here Are The Reactions Of Twitter Users After 1st India vs New Zealand ODI At Eden Park In Auckland:
Well played @BLACKCAPS 👏🏽 Made 300 look like 270. Williamson all class as always but Latham stole the show. Not easy for an opener to move down the order and still be successful. India missed a trick by just playing 5 bowlers. #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/bcGnf6K5Ry
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) November 25, 2022
— Reema Malhotra (@ReemaMalhotra8) November 25, 2022
Tom Latham is so underrated. He is just showing why he is such a quality player. This has been a masterful run chase by 2 NZ anchors- maybe reiterating the fact that ODI cricket isnt T20 and we can’t put them under the same umbrella as white ball cricket. #INDvNZ
— Abhinav Mukund (@mukundabhinav) November 25, 2022
This is an exceptional knock from Latham in terms of shots attempted and the rate and ease with which he has executed what he wants. Kane was always going to take his own time and paced the knock at his pace as Tom was brilliant. Had made them c and vc in Fantasy, good day!
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) November 25, 2022
In last there years Only Captain Rohit Sharma has won a series against NZ on their soil.
— ANSHUMAN🚩 (@AvengerReturns) November 25, 2022
I’ve never seen Kane actually worry about his own milestones, there’s a reason we’ll never have another captain like him. There’s no one quite like him
— Sritama (Ross Taylor’s version) (@cricketpun_duh) November 25, 2022
Performance of the Indian team in the last 5 ODI against New Zealand:
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 25, 2022
India played 47 dot balls in the first 10 overs.
— Manya (@CSKian716) November 25, 2022
— 𝓛𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓹𝓻𝓮𝓮𝓽 𝓢𝓲𝓷𝓰𝓱 (@imLovepreetS) November 25, 2022
Aese kaun harta hai be! #INDvNZ
— ANANT (@infinitz149) November 25, 2022
New Zealand beat India by 7 wickets with 17 balls to spare chasing 308 in 47.1 overs
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) November 25, 2022
— Byomkesh (@byomkesbakshy) November 25, 2022
🇮🇳💔 NOT OUR DAY! We go again on Sunday.
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) November 25, 2022
Sometimes I think we become so focused on India winning that we do not enjoy good cricket. Latham and Williamson are playing gem of an innings and we are not trying to enjoying that.#INDVNZ
— Shubham🇮🇳 (@Shubham18298271) November 25, 2022
— Cricmania88 (@greencaps88) November 25, 2022
Deepak chahar must be in playing 11..arshdeep is t20i bowler..umran bowled decently today..kick out rishabh pant from white ball cricket..kuldeep must play in place of yuzi in odi..Hardik pandya and jasprit bumrah are irreplaceable..#INDvNZ
— Pratik Bhai (@PratikB23074524) November 25, 2022
— JaayShaan (VaidhyaJayaShankar) (@JaayShaan) November 25, 2022
— Oggy (@SirOggyBilla) November 25, 2022
Remember how Latham sacrificed the opening slot & started batting at 5 to counter spin bowling in the middle. Also started keeping wickets to allow NZ more variety. Feels so good when such selfless players get so much recognition.
By #cricbuzz commentry team#INDvNZ #TomLatham pic.twitter.com/1vTFH0VCIt
— Cricket Critics (@Cricket4critics) November 25, 2022
India is playing out dated cricket in white ball , Shreyash ayer/RishabhPant hase to improve his game that middle face was the crucial they both played to many dots & you can’t win the matches or tournament with the 5 bowlers Thierry! #indvnz
— Hemant (@hemantbhavsar86) November 25, 2022
There isn’t a 6th bowler in the playing 11.
I swear isse jyada samajhdar gully cricket wale hote hain team select karne me #INDvNZ
— The Sportsman (@MrKautilya) November 25, 2022
Congratulations New Zealand 🇳🇿 for winning the 1st ODI.
— 𝐏𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐤 𝐒𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐡 🇮🇳 (@PratikSingh_) November 25, 2022
Team India : We can defend this
Williamson and Tom Latham : pic.twitter.com/IiXaBXVtD1
— g0v!ñD $#@®mA (@rishu_1809) November 25, 2022
Chahal is highly overrated it’s high time give kuldeep a chance bcz chahal in worldcup will be just run giving machine mark my words #INDvNZ
— Rajath Sharma (@filmytreez) November 25, 2022
Keval 5 bowler lekar kyu khelna hai? 50 over me you have to have 6th option. #INDvNZ
— Deadpool (@Surfer5757Stuff) November 25, 2022
Latham and Kane be like ye china ki deewar hai nobody can break it #INDvNZ
— Spo!lt_Brat (@Mirza17Mahtab) November 25, 2022
What if they let go of Pant for next couple of matches. Keep with Sanju. Bring in Hooda a sixth bowling option. Bring in Deepak Chahar, produces swing and a handy batsman. Get Kuldeep Yadav, he was very good against SA a month ago. #INDvNZ #NZvIND
— Shantanu Smart (@smartshantanu) November 25, 2022
— Immortality (@ajay36mittal) November 25, 2022
— Baycu Noyan 🤌🏿 (@Irr_Baya) November 25, 2022
This is called big heart. Lord saw team is losing so he decided to take all the blame from his teammates. #NZvIND
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) November 25, 2022
This chutiya was also the reason we lost last ODI in 2020 NZ tour
— Udit (@udit_buch) November 25, 2022
Thakur… how long will they keep playing him. The bowling quality lost isn’t worth his batting returns
— Dweplea (@dweplea) November 25, 2022
— Akash Kumar Jha (@Akashkumarjha14) November 25, 2022