New Zealand chase 348 with 11 balls to spare
As the format changed, so did the result with New Zealand registering their first ODI win since the World Cup semifinals encounter against the same opposition. Winning the toss, stand-in skipper Tom Latham elected to field first in Hamilton.
Here are the five talking points of the game:
New openers Shaw-Agarwal add 50-run opening stand
For the fourth time in ODIs, India had two openers making their debut in the same match. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal both looked impressive against the new ball and added 50 runs in 7.5 overs before Prithvi departed for 20. Five balls later, Southee got rid of the other opener Agarwal too.
Skipper Kohli scores a half-century
Walking out to bat at No.3, Virat Kohli continued to bat with flair as he brought up his 101st fifty-plus score in ODIs. However, Kohli’s trouble against wrist-spinners continued. After Adam Zampa, it was Ish Sodhi who accounted for the Indian skipper.
Kohli was outdone by a googly from Sodhi and he was dismissed for 51.
Iyer 103, KL 88*
After a brilliant run at No.4 so far, Shreyas Iyer finally went on to register his first century in ODIs. The Mumbaikar hit eleven boundaries during his stay. He was dropped thrice during the entire course but the right-hander made sure he capitalised and shifted gears at the right time.
The man in form, KL Rahul put up another good knock batting in the lower-order. The wicket-keeper batsman was unbeaten on 88* from just 64 balls as he hit six maximums and three boundaries during his stay at the crease.
Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham score fifties
Henry Nicholls who opened the innings for New Zealand batted really well for his 79. He was looking all-set before a fantastic throw from Kohli cut short his stay at the crease.
Skipper Tom Latham also stepped up and scored a crucial 69 from just 48 balls. He and Taylor added 138 runs from just 79 balls for the fourth wicket.
Ross Taylor scores his fourth ton at Hamilton
Ross Taylor’s brilliant run at Seddon Park continued as he smashed his 21st ODI century. The Kiwi batsman scored an unbeaten 109 runs from just 84 balls as New Zealand completed a splendid run-chase.
With the lead 1-0 in favour of the Black Caps, the visitors will have to win two back-to-back games in order to win the series.