Twitter Reacts As Tom Latham, Kane Williamson’s Heroics Help New Zealand Crush India By 7 Wickets In 1st ODI In Auckland

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.

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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.

Shubman Gill Shikhar Dhawan. Image Credits: BCCI

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.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Pic Credits: Twitter.

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.

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Tom Latham (Image Credit: Twitter)

Here Are The Reactions Of Twitter Users After 1st India vs New Zealand ODI At Eden Park In Auckland:






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