Following a test series whitewash of New Zealand that saw India propel to the Numero Uno spot in ICC Test Rankings, the host nations will face the Kiwis in the first of the 5 match ODI series in Dharamsala. MS Dhoni comes back into the team as the Captain for the shorter format. India is going into the match without its premier spinners in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. MS Dhoni, in a press conference before the match, had agreed on the decision to rest the spinners and said this would be a very short but a necessary rest in a rather hectic calendar. This is the 1st ODI series that New Zealand will be playing without Brendon McCullum, their captain from the World Cup finals.
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The Dharamsala pitch is expected to be batting friendly, with a little support for pacers. Although, considering that the match is a day-night encounter, it is highly unlikely that the weather conditions would allow so. However, dew is expected to come around during the evening. The ground is quite small and has been known to be a batting paradise over the years. Hence, high scores can be expected.
Hardik Pandya has had an impressive start to his ODI career. He has bowled at a good pace and created movement off the pitch. He has been rewarded with 3 wickets. Dhoni looks to give him as long a spell as possible. Umesh Yadav has been the better bowler, though, with creating pressure with consistent line and some serious pace.
New Zealand has lost the plot in Dharamsala. 108/8 doesn’t justify the potential this team carries. After the pacers, it was the turn of the spinners to get the job done. And how marvelously, they have done it!
01:15 pm: India won the toss and elected to field
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01:30 pm: Umesh Yadav opens the bowling for India. He is hitting good the deck hard with good pace.
At the ned of 1 over, NZ 1 for no loss
1.1 overs: Hardik Pandya makes his ODI debut. He is bowling at a decent pace and is getting movement off the air.
1.2 overs : FOUR! Thick edge flies to the boundary, Guptill should consider himself lucky.
1.3 overs: Another FOUR! Guptill edges another one . Wanted to leave but remains indecisive. Races past slip to third man boundary
1.6 overs: OUT! Guptill finally nicks on down to the slip and Rohit Sharma finishes the job. Simple catch. Well taken. Pandya gets rewarded for his line and length.
MJ Guptill c Sharma b Pandya 12 (11b 3×4 0x6) SR: 109.09
End of 2 overs: NZ 13 at the loss of 1 wicket
Both the bowlers are getting good movement off the pitch. And impressive pace, even from Hardik Pandya.
Pandya to Latham, FOUR, that’s a crunching cover drive. Purists’ delight. Plants forward and plays that between cover and mid-off
3.5 overs: FOUR! That did move a bit, but on the pads. Pandya needs to control the swing he is getting. Umesh Yadav is to take most of the blame, though. Lets it go easily, Too lazy to bend down.
So far so good! Fair contest. Good bowling by Indian bowlers. Need to be more consistent, though, Letting off easy boundaries every over only releases the pressure.
4.6 overs: OUT! Williamson disappoints! There was width on offer! Williamson tries to clear the third
man. smallish boundary but end up giving a simple catch to Amit Mishra.
KS Williamson c Mishra b Yadav 3 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33
6.1 overs: OUT! Ross Taylor departs! First ball duck! Excellent delivery from Umesh Yadav. Straightens after pitching in the corridor of uncertainty. Taylor couldn’t have done much. Nicks it, Dhoni takes an easy catch.
LRPL Taylor c †Dhoni b Yadav 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
10.4 overs : OUT! Andreson goes for an expansive drive through mid wicket and Umesh Yadav takes an excellent catch diving to his right. A bit of an unusual technique with the reverse cup on that. Brilliant catch, nonetheless.
CJ Anderson c Yadav b Pandya 4 (14b 1×4 0x6) SR: 28.57
12.1 overs: OUT! Some debut this turning out to be for Pandya. Luke Ronchi is taken. Yadav takes the catch again. Mid on, this time. Ronchi looked to drive it on the leg, offers a simple catch to Umesh Yadav.
L Ronchi c Yadav b Pandya 0 (3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
At the end of 13 overs, NZ is struggling badly at 49/5. Looks like we aren’t getting a big score here. Unless India goes back to their old habit to getting complacent and letting tailenders bat for long.
Latham is batting well. He is set and isn’t looking to hammer it. He is playing proper scoring shots, creaming them through the grass. So far, he looks to be the only batsman at ease.
New Zealand is running out of batsmen. We see they have realised that. Playing quietly now, looking for singles and waiting out the overs.
At the end of 14 overs, NZ is batting at 53 at the loss of 5 wickets.
TWM Latham 27 (40b 4×4 0x6) JJ Bumrah 3-0-10-0
JDS Neesham 2 (6b 0x4 0x6) HH Pandya 6-0-29-3
Jimmy Neesham is having some trouble playing Jaspreet Bumrah. He’s been playing at deliveries wide outside the off stump with no feet movement. India has been brilliant on the field. Kohli is leading in this department by example.
16.5 overs: BIG APPEAL! Kedar Jhadav almost had Neesham trapped in front of the wickets. The umpire, though, seemed unconvinced. That was plumb. Jadhav was unlucky here.
17.4 overs: FOUR! Neesham gets on on his legs. Punches it down the ground for a four. Good shot
18.3 overs: OUT! Caught & Bowled. Jadhav gets his man. And he didn’t need the umpire this time. A little short of length and Neesham returns it to Jadhav.
JDS Neesham c & b Jadhav 10 (25b 1×4 0x6) SR: 40.00
18.4 overs: OUT! Dhoni takes a smart catch. Inside edge, Santner wanted to cut it down towards point. Jadhav on a Hat trick
MJ Santner c †Dhoni b Jadhav 0 (1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00
18.5 overs: So the hat trick wasn’t meant to be! Bracewell plays it to long on, all along the ground.
That’s a sad, sad score card. This is a batting pitch. Batsmen need to apply themselves and runs, flood in at the end. This is the same team that went to the finals of the World Cup, barring a few exceptions. Turns out NZ are as much as home track bullies as India are.
At the end of 20 overs, New Zealand are struggling at 68 for the loss of 7 wickets
Umesh Yadav is back in the attack. Dhoni looking to finish this off quickly. Dharamsala is a beautiful place during this time of the year. Both teams look in a hurry for sight seeing.
21.6 overs: Jadhav puts down a tough one at short mid-on. Was a little slow to start, dives forward but misses it. Should take these ones at this level
27.2 overs: Four! Pitched short. Latham goes back, gets an open stance and drives it through covers for a boundary. Beautiful shot.
Latham is looking for a big score. One can tell by simply looking at his composure. He looks like he has a lot of time when he plays he shots or when he defends.
29.1 overs: OH! That was close. Good ball. Latham plays for the spin, the ball doesn’t reciprocate. Latham top edges it to point. 1 run. 50 for Latham
31.4: OUT! Rahane takes a close catch off of Amit Mishra. Bracewell, looking to flick it on the leg, loops it in th air. Rahane takes a good catch. It was referred to the Third Umpire. Good decision.
DAJ Bracewell c Rahane b Mishra 15 (46b 0x4 0x6) SR: 32.60
At the end of 32 overs, NZ score 108 at the loss of 8 wickets
Tim Southee comes to bat. THis man can play. He can hit sixes. Can he do it though is a bit of a question. Surely Latham will be telling him to stay till the end. Score as much as possible.
Tim Southee has decided to take the bull by its horns. After being dropped at the fine leg boundary, he has smashed Bumrah for 2 boundaries. Scored another 4 off Amit Mishra. Inside Out. Brilliantly placed.
36.6 overs: SIX! Something for the Kiwis to cheer! Tim Southee shows off his hitting skills. Takes on Axar Pate, steps out and hits one neatly over the sight screen. Way over.
37.5 overs: SIX! Southee again this time. Amit Mishra tosses it up. Southee doesn’t quite get the full toss in the middle of the bat. But the big lad had enough to just clear the small boundary over long on.
38.2 overs: FOUR! Poor delivery. Was going down the leg. Southee only just managed to ake contact. Four at fine leg.
38.6 overs: Southee has broken free. Went for the typical slogger’s dash and misses. India needs to contain NZ for as less as possible. One never knows, what a little inspiration can do. The Kiwis have good bowlers and the pitch won’t change much unless the dew kicks in.
39.4 overs: SIX! Southee oh Southee! bOy, that was a touch short on the leg and he has pulled it over square leg for a majestic one. And that brings up the 50 partnership
39.5 overs: Four! Another short one. Pulled for four down square leg!
At the end of 40 overs, NZ 165/8
40.1 overs: That’s a single and Tim Southee reaches his first ODI half century
41.2 overs: Four! Amit Mishra had him deceived in the air, but Southee manages to play it down to third man for a beautiful 4.
41.3 overs: OUT! India would feel relieved. Southee goes for another one; only manages to sky it to Manish Pandey, who takes an easy catch.
TG Southee c Pandey b Mishra 55 (45b 6×4 3×6) SR: 122.22
NZ’s mini revival comes to an end. Southee made an excellent effort for his 55, under difficult situations. With the fifty he becomes the first NZ No 10 to score an ODI fifty.
43.5 overs: OUT! Ish Sodhi trapped in front of the wicket. Huge appeal from Dhoni. The umpire raises his finger. And that’s out.
NZ ALL OUT FOR 190. India need 191 to win in 50 overs with a R.R of 3.82