Tom Latham’s 145*, Kane Williamson’s 94* helps NZ conquer India by seven wickets to earn 1st ODI

Immediately after the 3 T20Is, the action moved to the three-match ODI collection involving India and hosts New Zealand. In the ODI series opener, held at Eden Park, Auckland, on Friday (November 25), the Black Caps rode on a splendid 145 not out from Tom Latham and captain Kane Williamson’s continuous 94 not out to chase down India’s 306/7 and just take a 1- direct.

Opting to bowl first, Williamson & Co. experienced to battle to get previous Shikhar Dhawan-Shubman Gill. The opening pair extra an spectacular 124-run initially-wicket stand prior to Lockie Ferguson removed Gill for 50 whilst stand-in captain Shikhar Dhawan fell for a 77-ball 72 off Tim Southee. Shreyas Iyer then stitched a essential wicket with Sanju Samson (a run-a-ball 36) immediately after Ferguson taken out Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav by bowling some hard lengths on a modest floor. Iyer-Samson’s 94-run fifth-wicket partnership took India closer to the 300-operate mark right before Washington Sundar’s quick cameo (16-ball 37*) took India to 306/7. Iyer best-scored with a calculative 76-ball 80.

In the run-chase, NZ commenced nicely prior to Finn Allen, Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell fell to go away hosts reeling at 88 for 3. Umran Malik, debuting in the structure, impressed in his early overs right before Latham took on each Indian bowler. India went with only five bowlers and paid the cost right after Latham-Willianson’s partnership stretched even further.

Though the NZ skipper played a composed knock, Latham smashed Shardul Thakur, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal as the Kiwis chased down a par-rating in Auckland. The duo stitched a report 221-operate fourth-wicket stand to go past the finish line.

Best partnerships for NZ vs India in ODIs
221*K Williamson – T Latham Auckland 2022
200 R Taylor – T Latham Mumbai WS 2017
190 R Taylor – S Styris Dambulla 2010
181 A Parore – K Rutherford Baroda 1994

Latham’s 145*, laced with 19 fours and five sixes, ensured he walked away with the Player-of-the-Match award. The 2nd and penultimate ODI is on Sunday (November 27) in Hamilton.