Kane Williamson and Tom Latham stood like rocks and scored at will throughout their innings, helping the team win the match by 7 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Auckland: Kane Williamson and Tom Latham stood like rocks and scored at will throughout their innings, helping their team win the opening encounter by 7 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the series. Credit should be given to both batters for their wonderful 221-run partnership. It was the second occasion when New Zealand successfully chased down a 300-plus target against India in ODIs. Their highest chase was 348 in Hamilton, 2020. Tom Lahtam was declared Player of the Match for his astonishing knock.
The series opener between the two semifinal losers in the T20 World Cup in Australia was played at Eden Park, Auckland. The toss went in favour of the home team, and Kane Williamson opted to bowl first without any hesitation. Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan, the team’s captain, and Shubman Gill combined for over 100 runs in partnership.
Both openers were on top of the Kiwis’ attack. Dhawan was the more aggressive of the two. Dhawan and Gill scored 72 and 50, respectively, and provided a good platform for the batters to make a substantial total on the batting-friendly pitch.
Shreyas Iyer has to warm the bench in the dressing room most of the time. In fact, he grabbed today’s opportunity and batted remarkably well, scoring 80 in 76 balls. Suryakumar Yadav, the top batter in T20 cricket, was out cheaply on four. Washington Sundar tore the Black Caps’ bowling apart and made a quick-fire 37 in just 16 balls. In the end, India managed to score 306 in 50 overs.
It was the turn of the bowlers to restrain the home side below 306. The Indian pacers were right on target when the Kiwis’ scorecard read a filthy 88 for 3, dictating the terms for the time being. However, uncertainty always looms in sports.
Tom Latham and Kane Williamson coped with Indian bowlers easily. Both batters never bogged down and played their natural game. Latham was in tremendous touch and scored a remarkable hundred. He took the Indian attack and smashed them all over the park. The cool, composed Williamson showed his skill and played a tremendous sheet-anchor role.