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First ODI: Latham-Williamson’s unbroken partnership of 221 runs, India lost by 7 wickets even after scoring 306 runs!

Auckland, 25 November (Agency)

Tom Latham’s aggressive innings of 145 not out in 104 balls and an unbroken 221-run partnership for the fourth wicket with captain Kane Williamson (94 not out) helped New Zealand beat India with 17 balls to spare in the first match of the three-match ODI series. Gave a crushing defeat by seven wickets. Man of the match Latham hit 19 fours and five sixes in his 104-ball unbeaten innings while Williamson hit seven fours and a six in his 98-ball unbeaten innings. India, after being invited to bat first, scored 306 runs for seven wickets but New Zealand achieved the target for the loss of three wickets in 47.1 overs. Umran Malik, who made his debut for India, took two wickets for 66 runs in 10 overs while Shardul Thakur (63 runs in nine overs) got a breakthrough. After half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer (80), captain Shikhar Dhawan (72) and Shubman Gill (50), Washington Sundar’s unbeaten 16-ball 37 in the last over helped India score more than 300 runs. Washington hit three fours and as many sixes during this period. While Iyer hit four fours and four sixes in his 76-ball innings, Dhawan hit 13 fours in 77 balls. He shared a 124-run partnership for the first wicket with Gill. Gill hit one four and three sixes in his 65-ball innings. Lockie Ferguson (59 runs in 10 overs) and Tim Southee (73 runs in 10 overs) took three wickets each for New Zealand.

Chasing the target, Devon Conway (24) and Finn Allen (22) got off to a solid start for New Zealand. During this, Arshdeep, who was making his debut, hit three fours and a six in the third and fifth overs of the innings. Shardul Thakur bowled the sixth over maiden and in the eighth over got Allen caught by Pant behind the wicket and gave the team its first success. Williamson took the pressure off Chahal in the 15th over by hitting fours in consecutive balls. Umran took his first wicket in the form of Conway on the opening ball of the next over. Daryl Mitchell (11), who came to the crease, showed his aggressive attitude by hitting a six against Chahal but was dismissed in a similar attempt against Umran. New Zealand were under increasing pressure to match the required run rate but Latham hit two fours against Umran in the 23rd over. Williamson completed his half-century partnership with Latham by hitting a four against Shardul in the first ball of the 29th over. New Zealand now had to score the required runs at around eight runs per over. Williamson and Latham now started taking risks and sent the ball across the boundary line at frequent intervals. During this, Latham hit fours and sixes in consecutive balls against Umran in the 33rd over. He completed his half-century in the next over with a single against Washington. He welcomed Shardul, who came for bowling in the 40th over, with a six, then after hitting four consecutive fours, completed the seventh century of his ODI career by taking one run. New Zealand scored 25 runs from this over and turned the match towards them. The team now needed 66 runs in the last 10 overs and in front of Latham’s aggressive batting, it was just a formality. He completed the 200-run partnership with his captain in the 46th over, hitting two consecutive fours. Williamson gave the team victory by hitting a four on the first ball of the 48th over.

Earlier, Williamson won the toss and decided to bowl. Dhawan and Gill batted well in the initial overs, which resulted in the team scoring 40 runs after 10 overs. Meanwhile, Ferguson dropped Gill’s catch off Match Henry. He then increased the run pace. During this, Dhawan hit two fours against Matt Henry and then Adam Milne in the 15th over, in which the team completed a century in the 21st over with a brilliant uppercut. Gill completed his half-century by sending the ball of Mitchell Santner to the visitors. However, he could not take his innings much further and was caught by Devon Conway off Ferguson in the 23rd over. In the next over, Southee gave a double blow to the team for the same score by walking Dhawan. Now Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant were at the crease. When Pant opened the account with a four off Southee’s ball, Iyer hit an uppercut against Ferguson. Pant played Ferguson’s ball on the wicket after hitting a four in the 33rd over. Suryakumar Yadav’s bat, which was running in excellent rhythm, did not work this time. This player, who opened the account with a four on the cover drive, returned to the pavilion by catching Allen standing in the slip off Ferguson’s ball. After these two setbacks, India’s score was 160 for four after 33 overs. Iyer got good support from Sanju Samson (36) here and both shared a 94-run partnership for the fifth wicket. Samson once again missed out on a half-century but played some good shots in his 38-ball innings. During this period, Iyer became only the second batsman in New Zealand to score four consecutive innings of more than 50 runs. Earlier only Rameez Raja has done this in New Zealand.

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