Tom Latham, Kane Williamson heroics help New Zealand crush India by 7 wickets in 1st ODI in Auckland | Cricket News

After the conclusion of the rain-affected T20I series, which the Men in Blue won 1-0, the focus shifted to the ODIs as New Zealand thrashed India by 7 wickets to win the first match at the Eden Park in Auckland on Friday (November 25). defeated. , With this easy win, New Zealand has taken a 1-0 lead in the series.

In the match, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bowl first. He decided to go with a combination of four fast bowlers – Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson – and one spinner – Mitchell Santner – in the playing XI.

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IndiaOn the other hand, fast bowler Umran Malik and in-form left arm pacer Arshdeep Singh were handed debut caps. Also, India’s stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan revealed that although he wanted to bowl first, he was comfortable batting first.

Shubman Gill Shikhar Dhawan. Image Credits: BCCI

The opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill started the series with half-centuries as they put on 124 runs in 139 balls. Dhawan scored 72 off 77 balls and Gill scored 50 off 65 balls.

Then, India lost back-to-back wickets and slumped to 160/4. However, Shreyas Iyer, who was initially looking scratchy, brought India back into the game with an incredible half-century and found good company from Sanju Samson and Washington Sundar.

Iyer scored 80 off 76 balls, Samson scored 36 off 38 balls and Sundar scored a blistering 37 off 16 balls to help India post 306/7. Talking about the bowlers, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson took three wickets each, while Adam Milne took one wicket.

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Shreyas Iyer. Photo credit: Twitter.

Chasing the target, the Black Caps lost young opener Finn Allen for 35. Senior opener Devon Conway was dismissed for 68 and Daryl Mitchell was clean bowled for 88.

However, there was an excellent partnership between Tom Latham and Kane Williamson which completely shifted the momentum towards the Kiwis.

Tom Latham scored a sensational century and scored 145* off 104 balls with the help of 19 fours and 5 sixes. Williamson scored 94* off 98 balls, which included 7 fours and 1 six.

There was an unbeaten partnership of 221 runs in 165 balls between them. This was the highest partnership for New Zealand against India in ODIs and the highest fourth wicket partnership overall against India in ODIs.

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Tom Latham (Image Credit: Twitter)

Here are the reactions of Twitter users after the 1st India vs New Zealand ODI at Eden Park in Auckland:

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