New Zealand Smashes India by 6 Wickets, Led by Tom Latham

In the first ODI played on Sunday noon, New Zealand grabbed exciting 6-wicket win against India with an over left and Tom Latham hits his fourth ODI hundred.

Latham added 200 runs in partnership with Ross Taylor (95) to the team for fourth wicket and scored 103 not-out runs off 102 balls. In 49 overs, New Zealand finished with 284-4 in the highest ODI chase by any team in this venue in Mumbai as guests won in the 3-match series.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson added, “It was among the best chases I have ever come across on my career with Black Caps. The way Ross and Tom played was very well in the innings.” Earlier, Virat Kohli scored his 31st ton in the innings when India reached 280-5 in 50 overs.

Kohli hits smashing 121 off 125 balls in his 200th ODI as innings of India was based on its captain due to the disciplined effort of bowling from New Zealand. Colin Munro (28) and Martin Guptill (32) had a great head start for New Zealand to chase the target of 281. For the first wicket, their combined score was 48 runs. Munro was caught out at cover and the breakthrough was provided by Jasprit Bumrah (1-56).

Another big wicket, Williamson (6) was caught by Kuldeep Yadav (1-64) at extra cover. In the 18th over, NZ was looking quite under controlled as their score was 80-3. When Dinesh Kartik was holding a superb catch from deep square leg, Hardik Pandya (1-46) skipped Guptill.

It brought Taylor and Latham together. Their 50-run partnership worked off 60 balls as they started well to overwhelm the Indian spinners.

Taylor hits his 39th half-century in ODI off 58 balls, while Latham managed to reach his half-century off-58 balls as well. They played well to reach 100 off 108. In the highest 4-wicket stand of Black Caps in ODI, their partnership scored 200 off 187 balls.

After giving his man-of-the-match performance, Latham added, “Batting was pretty tough after keeping for 50 overs. The weather was quite humid out there. We were communicating regularly between the overs.”

Latham scored his 100 off 95 balls and became the first wicketkeeper in New Zealand to score ODI century against team India.  Sadly, Taylor missed out on the century. Without any trouble, Henry Nicholls (4*) finished up.

In the beginning, India won the toss and decided to bat first. Trent Boult (4-35) and Tim Southee (3-73) shared 7 wickets, while (Mitchell Santner (1-41) controlled the scoring pattern of the hosts.

Boult struck double blows earlier and bowled both openers, Rohit Sharma (20) and Shikhar Dhawan (9) and they left India at 29-2.

For the third wicket, Kohli enters to score 42 with Kedar Jadhav (12). Santner found the chance to further hurt the hosts by dropping Kohli off Colin (0-27) in 19th over when he was running on 22.

Kedar Jadhav was out off the run shortly afterward and Santner made up for the chance lost and accepted a quick return catch. In 22nd over, India crossed 100.