|Taylor’s ton propels NZ to victory| HAMILTON, Feb 5: After coming close on three occasions to beat India in the ongoing tour, New Zealand were finally able to cross the line and taste victory as they defeated the Men in Blue by four wickets in the first ODI at the Seddon Park on Wednesday. Seasoned campaigner Ross Taylor anchored New Zealand’s chase of 348 by scoring a brilliant hundred. He was well supported by Henry Nicholls and stand-in captain Tom Latham as the hosts took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
Ross Taylor celebrates after reaching the triple figure mark during the 1st ODI against India at the Seddon Park in Hamilton, on Wednesday. – AP/PTI
The Black Caps started off the chase on a cautious note as both Martin Guptill and Nicholls played with intent. Such was the determination from Guptill (32) that he scored just two boundaries in 41 balls before getting out to Shardul Thakur on the team score of 85.
Debutant Tom Blundell, who came in first down, didn’t have a great outing and was stumped by KL Rahul at his individual score of 9. At that point of time, the match appeared to be heading in India’s favour.
However, it was then that Taylor brought in all his experience and along with Nicholls shared a 62-run stand. After Nicholls’ dismissal who was sent back to the pavilion courtesy some brilliant fielding effort from Virat Kohli, Latham joined forces with Taylor and steered the team towards victory.
The match did seem to once again turn towards India as New Zealand lost two wickets in quick succession and brought the crowd to the edge of the seats. However Mitchell Santner smashed two boundaries in Thakur’s 48th over and erased hopes of any upset. Taylor – who scored his 21st ODI century – collected the winning runs as he remained unbeaten on 109 alongside Santner who scored 12 not out and guided New Zealand to what is their most famous win in recent times.
Earlier, India r
ode on a brilliant century from Shreyas Iyer and fifties from Rahul and Kohli as they posted a formidable 348-run target. After being put into bat, debutants Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal provided India with a steady start. They initially faced some tough time, but managed to get through that and stitched a 50-run stand.
However, both failed to capitalise on their starts as they got out in successive overs. While Shaw (20) was the first to go as he got a peach of a delivery from Colin de Grandhomme, Agarwal tried to be over aggressive and in the process gifted his wicket to Tim Southee after contributing with 32.
India: Prithvi Shaw c Latham b de Grandhomme 20, Mayank Agarwal c Tom Blundell b Southee 32, Virat Kohli b Ish Sodhi 51, Shreyas Iyer c Santner b Southee 103, Lokesh Rahul not out 88, Kedar Jadhav not out 26. Extras: (LB-7,W-19, NB-1) 27. Total: (For 4 wickets in 50 overs) 347. Fall of wickets: 1-50, 2-54, 3-156, 4-292. Bowling: Tim Southee 10-1-85-2, Hamish Bennett 10-0-77-0, Colin de Grandhomme 8-0-41-1, James Neesham 8-0-52-0, Mitchell Santner 10-0-58-0, Ish Sodhi 4-0-27-1.
New Zealand: Martin Guptill c Kedar Jadhav b SN Thakur 32, Henry Nicholls run out (Kohli) 78, Tom Blundell st Rahul b Kuldeep Yadav 9, Ross Taylor not out 109, Tom Latham c Shami b Kuldeep Yadav 69, James Neesham c Kedar Jadhav b Shami 9, Colin de Grandhomme run out (Shreyas Iyer/Kohli) 1, Mitchell Santner not out 12. Extras: (LB-4, W-24, NB-1) 29. Total: (For 6 wickets in 48.1 overs) 348. Fall of wickets: 1-85, 2-109, 3-171, 4-309, 5-328, 6-331. Bowling: Jasprit Bumrah 10-1-53-0, Mohammed Shami 9.1-0-63-1, Shardul Thakur 9-0-80-1, Ravindra Jadeja 10-0-64-0, Kuldeep Yadav 10-0-84-2. – PTI