Taylor, Latham record stand helps New Zealand go 1-0 up
New Zealand 284-4 (Latham 103no) beat
India 280-8 (Kohli 121) by six wickets
First One-Day International in Mumbai
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor shared a record 200 run stand as New Zealand chased down 281 against India in 49 overs with six wickets in hand in the first One-Day International at Wankhede Stadium to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
Earlier, it was India, who won the toss and decided to bat first in humid conditions. With Trent Boult (4-35) getting early swing with the new ball, he had Shikhar Dhawan (9) caught behind in the fourth over.
Rohit Sharma (20) tried to up the ante with back to back sixes off Tim Southee (3-73) in the fifth over but his innings was cut short by Boult who castled him to get his second as India were reeling at 29 for two and ended the first powerplay adding eight more runs to it.
Mitchell Santner (1-41) kept things tidy and just when Virat Kohli (121) tried to step up the accelerator, India's momentum was hampered by the wicket of Kedar Jadhav (12), who held a simple return catch to the left-arm-spinner.
Dinesh Karthik (37) and Kohli consolidated the innings with the former looking fluent from the outset on his comeback game as the duo added 73 runs for the fourth wicket to bring India back on track. During that phase, Kohli was handed a reprieve by Santner when he was on 32 and he completed a fifty off 62 deliveries with a six followed by a four.
At the halfway mark, India were positioned 127 for three. A change of plan from New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson saw Southee returning bace
Even though MS Dhoni (25) and Hardik Pandya (16) made a decent contribution it was the Indian captain, who looked a class apart on his 200th ODI and completed yet another century. Only Sachin Tendulkar now stands in front of Kohli with 49 tons in the 50-over format.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (26 not out) provided the much needed late flourish for India with his 15-ball cameo that had two apiece of boundaries and sixes as India went on to post 280 for eight in the 50 overs. For New Zealand, Boult and Southee shared seven wickets between them.
Martin Guptill (32) started the innings with a couple of boundaries in the first over while Colin Munro (28) too looked good as the Black Caps raced to 47 for naught in nine overs.
Jasprit Bumrah (1-56) provided the much needed breakthrough when he induced a top edge off Munro's bat to be caught in the covers and soon Pandya (1-46) and Kuldeep Yadav (1-64) accounted for Guptill and Williamson (6) as New Zealand were left reeling at 80 for three.
Taylor (95) used his feet well against the spinners and was accompanied by Tom Latham (103 not out) and the duo kept the Indian bowlers especially Kuldeep at bay. The 50-run stand for the duo came in the 28th over.
With the odd boundaries coming up and strike well rotated, Taylor completed a 58-ball half-century while Latham reached his fourth consecutive fifty in the 36th over as New Zealand looked in ease.
The duo looked in total control of the game with Latham going past a fine century but Taylor fell five runs short of it. Nevertheless their 200 run stand which is the highest for New Zealand for any wicket in ODIs guided them to a comfortable win and a 1-0 lead in the series. Latham bagged the player of the match award.
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