New Zealand 288 (Taylor 95, Styris 89, Nehra 4-47) beat
India 88 (Tuffey 3-34, Oram 2-15, Mills 2-26) by 200 runs
Tri-Series One-Day International, Dambulla
Ross Taylor and Scott Styris shared a partnership worth 190 for New Zealand's third-wicket which would have been enough to beat India on its own before the Black Caps completed a crushing 200-run victory in the opening match of the One-Day International tri-series in Dambulla.
Both men scored half-centuries and after New Zealand were bowled out for 288, India were dismissed for a paltry 88 in just 29.3 overs.
Taylor, installed as captain due to the absence of Daniel Vettori and Brendon McCullum, led by example with an innings of 95 in 113 balls which contained eight fours and a six while Styris made 89 in 95 balls.
The pair took New Zealand from 28 for three after the early dismissals of Peter Ingram (12), Martin Guptill (11) and debutant Kane Williamson (0) to 218 for four.
India then fought back strongly with the ball, Ashish Nehra taking four for 47, including the wicket of Taylor trapped in front, as the last seven wickets fell for 70 runs.
Nehra's new-ball partner Praveen Kumar returned three for 43 and there was a wicket apiece for Pragyan Ojha and Yuvraj Singh on his recall to the side.
India then moved swiftly to 39 with openers Dinesh Karthik (14) and Virender Sehwag (19) batting fluently before the former was trapped in front by Daryl Tuffey and the dangerous Sehwag was caught by wicket-keeper Gareth Hopkins off the bowling of Kyle Mills.
Tuffey then had Rohit Sharma (4) and Suresh Raina (6) caught by Taylor and Styris respectively and when Mahendra Singh Dhoni was run out by Tuffey for two, India were all but out of the match at 53 for five.
There was to be no way back, despite 20 in 44 balls from Ravi Jadeja, with the remaining five players failing to reach double figures as Mills and Jaocb Oram both claimed two wickets with Williamson taking the wicket of Jadeja to end any lingering hopes of the most unlikely of comebacks.
Tuffey finished with three for 34 while the next match in the series sees New Zealand meet hosts New Zealand on Friday (13th August).
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