Fast Bowlers, Kohli 85* Make India Beat Kiwis by Six Wickets in Opening ODI

October 17 15:00 2016

pandya1New Delhi, Monday, October 17 – The defeat seems not going to leave New Zealand cricketers at least for some time from now. In the first One Day International match at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday, they were thrashed once again by the Indian team. New Zealand were beaten by six wickets. The margin of victory was significant and that is the key point worrying the touring side as they being capable to put forward improved show than what they displayed in the recent past.

Even though the format of the game changed but results were same for the Kiwis as like 3-match Test series that concluded lately. The only difference was that in the longest format, the travelers were crushed under the captaincy of Virat Kohli and yesterday, in the guidance of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who went with Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah and Axar Patel in the opening ODI. Those in extras were Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav and Mandeep Singh. Pandya’ ODI debut caught the eyes. Legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, who made his Test debut on this day years ago, gave him the ODI cap.

On the other hand, New Zealand team had Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Luke Ronchi, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Doug Bracewell and Tim Southee. At the same time, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, BJ Watling and Anton Devcich were the players to sit on bench during the first encounter. While batting first, the Black Caps totaled a score of 190 runs in 43.5 overs for the loss of ten wickets. Indian skipper Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl first. The team’s bowling line-up did not disappoint him at all though the opponents tried to be at the front foot when the match started.

Martin Guptill as usual began to hit the ball hard as he normally does. He hit three fours soon after arriving on the crease. But before he would have imparted huge role in giving his team a start that was eyed against India, the 23-year-old Pandya showed him the way back to the dressing room. It was definitely a dream start for him since getting a wicket in his first over is what all-rounders and bowlers think of. Martin Guptill scored 12 runs in 11 balls. Good catch by Rohit Sharma gave India first breakthrough earlier than expected. The opening batsman Tom Latham was eying a partnership, which would have brought Kiwis back on track. But the wait ended only when Tim Southee arrived on the crease. Before him, Kane Williamson – the New Zealand captain was dismissed by Umesh Yadav at a score of 3.

Ross Taylor was out for a duck, failing to read the mood of delivery by Yadav. He was caught behind when ball went into the hands of Dhoni post getting an edge of the bat. New Zealand expectations were now soaring from Corey Anderson as he being one of the players with ability to play impressive innings. He even struck a four but nothing can be done when someone takes a brilliant catch all of a sudden  like Umesh Yadav did in Hardik Pandya’s over, compelling  Anderson to depart at 4 runs. Pandya was successful in leaving an impression in the minds of viewers in view of the fact that Luke Ronchi –the wicketkeeper batsman – was another prey of good bowling by the debutant.

Yadav was once again the man to showcase why his presence in the team is crucial. A wonderful catch by him sent half of the Kiwis back to pavilion. Wickets were falling from one end but Latham carried on doing his bit. Some crucial runs were added by James Neesham, who was later caught & bold by Jadhav at a score of 10 (4 x 1). The very next ball by him brought India wicket of Mitchell Santner, who was out for a naught. The speed of falling wickets got a slight pause when Doug Bracewell made efforts to stay on the pitch for as long as possible. He succumbed to Mishra in 32nd over post scoring 15 runs off 46 balls. He did not attempt for a shot in air as his team needed someone to go for singles and contribute some runs in the team’s total score.

Tim Southee – the no. 10 batsman of the New Zealand team – did something extraordinary what the top and middle order batsmen could not do. Latham and Southee  batted for next 10 overs, making the Kiwis put at least some respectable score. Mishra dismissed Southee but the 27-year-old tail-ender batsman played a knock of 55 runs in 45 deliveries. His innings was studded with six boundaries and three biggies. Ish Sodhi was lbw by A Mishra at a score of 1, bringing New Zealand stint to an end.  Latham was not out at a score of 79 in 98 balls, together with seven 4s and a six. Pandya and Mishra both got three wickets. Yadav and Jadhav did two dismissals each. Bumrah impressed with Yorkers but did not get any wicket this time. Patel also couldn’t get any wicket too.

42 runs were scored by the Kiwis during mandatory powerplay. Had the wickets been not lost in the early hours of play, the New Zealand would have seen some chances of starting the ODI series with a win. Fast bowlers were extraordinary during the beginning of the play. When it came to chasing the modest target, Rohit Sharma got his legs before wicket in Bracewell’s over post playing a knock of 14 runs in 26 balls (4 x 1 and 6 x 1). Ajinkya Rahane scored in speed, getting 33 runs off 34 deliveries. Four 4s and a couple of sixes were highlights of his play. Virat Kohli was once again present to take his team taste victory.

Manish Pandey lost his wicket to Ish Sodhi at a score of 17 (4 x 1). Dhoni came to bat a bit above this time. The Indian wicket-keeper struck a six and four in his knock of 21 runs. Trying to take a single on a delivery when it wasn’t likely made him a run out victim. The disappointment on the face of Kohli can clearly be seen. But he compensated by playing a not out innings of 85 runs off 81 balls. Kedar Jadhav was not out at a score of 10 (4 x 2). Kohli finished the play with a six. His knock consisted of nine boundaries as well. India scored 194 runs in 33.1 overs, finishing the game as early as possible.

Pandya was certainly as happy man at the end of the day for being awarded Man of the Match on first appearance in ODI. Such moments are very special in the life of sportsperson and the young gun was no different. His bowling experience during Australia tour and domestic seasons lent him get his tempo early. Everybody tried to do his bit and that’s why the visiting squad did not have any other option but to take a back seat when Indian team was all set to win the match thanks to great participation. New Zealand now look forward to level series by winning the second match, which is to be played at Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on October 20. They are familiar with upcoming challenges as India are playing some really good cricket this time. More than hundred per cent efforts are required by each player to come on track and taste first of their tour of India.