LIVE India vs New Zealand ODI: Rahane, Kohli lead India to 6 wickets win

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Updated: October 16, 2016 8:13:48 PM

After bowling out New Zealand for a meagre 190 in the 1st innings of the 1st ODI at Dharamsala, India would look to finish the match without much of a fuss.

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After bowling out New Zealand for a meagre 190 in the 1st innings of the 1st ODI at Dharamsala, India would look to finish the match without much of a fuss. Hardik Pandya who was handed over his debut ODI cap by Kapil Dev today, had a brilliant start to the innings when took the wicket of Martin Guptill in his first over. And therein, started the downfall of the Kiwi batting order. Captain Kane Williamson was the next to go when he slashed a wide Umesh Yadav delivery to Thirdman, only to find Amit Mishra’s safe hands. Ross Taylor followed with a first ball duck when he edged to MS Dhoni. A partnership had begun to stitch itself and the Kiwi innings as Tom Latham rotated the strike and creamed boundaries with ease when Corey Andreson tried smashing one over mid off to find a flying Umesh Yadav, who took an excellent catch. Wicket Keeper Luke Ronchi departed next when he ballooned one to Umesh at Mid on. Even though Jimmy Neesham was provided with a lifeline after a plumb LBW decision went his way, but offered a simple catch back to Kedar Jadhav of a short ball. Jhadav was the surprise package among the Indian bowlers picking up 2 wickets. He dismissed Santer of the very next ball as Indian captain MS Dhoni took a sharp catch behind the wicket.Doug Bracewell too went cheaply after Ajinkya Rahane took a good catch to dismiss him.

It was then, that Tim Southee came to bat and after being dropped by Umesh Yadav at Fine Leg, decided to cut loose. Southee carved the Indian bowlers during his 45 balls 55 stay on the crease with 6 fours and 3 massive sixes. But with his dismissal, it was only a matter of time that the nZ innings folded up and surely, it did.  No. 11 Sodhi did not contribute much as he was trapped in front of the wicket, leaving Tom Latham stranded on 79 of 98 balls.

India, after a clinical performance with the ball, would want to go out and have an easy win without many heart attacks. MS Dhoni might want to promote himself up the order to get some much-needed match practice. India has included Kedar Jadhav in the team, which means the process of grooming of a new finisher has already begun. India needs 191 to win with a required run rate of 3.82 runs per over.

That’s too many extras for a match with 190 on board, forget one ball. NZ need to be more disciplined. They have been too inconsistent.

Virat Kohli slams 85 runs from 81 deliveries to see India, through, he is well supported by Ajinkya Rahane, who contributed with 33 runs off 31 balls. India finally win the match in the 33rd over by six wickets.

32.4 overs: Santner to Jadhav, FOUR, ball was dropped short and pulled it for four.

33.1: Sodhi to Kohli, SIX, Dances down the pitch and nails his lofted drive easily over the bowler. India win. Go 1-0 up in the five-match series.

32.4 overs: Santner to Jadhav, FOUR, ball was dropped short and pulled it for four.

MS Dhoni RUN OUT 21 (24b 1×4 1×6) SR: 87.50

19.3 overs: OUT: Pandey gone for 17. Plays the shoy straight into the hands of Williomson

MK Pandey c Williamson b Sodhi 17 (22b 1×4 0x6) SR: 77.27

18.3 overs: Southee to Pande. 3 runs. That was a that’s a flat-batted pull towards deep midwicket.

18 overs: 18. 1 overs. Southee to Pandey. No runs

Drinks Break

14.5 overs: Boy, that was close! Tough decision to make. Huge appeal but Umpire says no

14.2 overs: Well played. Short pitched, driven on the rise, through cover point. Excellent fielding by Corey Andreson at the point boundary. 2 runs

13.3 overs: FOUR! That is trademark Kohli. On middle and leg and Kohli flicks it down mid on for a boundary.

12.4 overs: FOUR! Pandey sees the width and smashes it over covers for 4.

Good to see Manish Pandey at No. 4. This lad has a long way to go. Should see him in the 2019 World Cup squad. Scored a career-best 104 against Australia in Sydney in his last match.

12.1 overs: OUT! That was a poor, poor shot! Wide outside the off stump! Rahane pokes at it, plays a nothing shot. Good little innings from Rahane!

AM Rahane c †Ronchi b Neesham 34 (34b 4×4 2×6) SR: 100.00

10.0 overs: 4 Wides! That’s 5 runs. Way down the leg, misses the keeper for a four

India 49/1 at the end of 10 overs

9.2 overs: OUT! Rohit Sharma goes for 14 of 26. Trapped in front of the wicket

RG Sharma lbw b Bracewell 14 (26b 1×4 1×6) SR: 53.84

At the end of 8 overs, India is at 46 for no loss

6.5 overs: Four! That was an exquisite drive through the covers! Rahane is taking a liking to Tim Southee

At the end of 6 overs, India is at 37 for no loss

5.6 overs: SIX! Another short ball, another pull and another 6 from Rahane. This was even bigger

5.1 overs: SIX! Rahane smashes it flat past square leg. Good use of the pace.

4.5 overs: SIX! Short and Pulled for a maximum! Rohit Sharma pulls it with ease over fine leg

3.6 overs: Rahane creams it through cover point. Just gets on top of the ball, 4 more.

3.5 overs: That was close. LBW appeal. But the height saves Rahane.

3.1 overs: Four! Good shot, played through cover. Didn’t hit it too hard, simply times it for a boundary

Tim Southee starts the NZ attack. Rohit Sharma takes the strike.

At the end of 3 overs, India is at 11 for the loss of no wickets.

2.3 overs: Four! Rahane didn’t get the middle of the bat but had enough to beat square leg.

At the end of 2 overs, India are at 5 for no loss

1.4 overs: Rahane’s bat gives up as a bing piece of timber breaks out of it.

Ajinkaya Rahane opens the innings with Rohit Sharma. Solid player, the most consistent Indian in tests. Rahane looks to cement his place in this team.

At the end of 1st over, In 4 for no loss

0.2 overs: FOUR! That was close. Moves away, Sharma plays with light hands, and it races past the third slip for 4 runs.

0.1 overs: Good movement from Southee. Left alone.



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