It was a great match for Virat Kohli but it was not that great for India.
Kohli scored 121 runs in his 200th match but the bowlers couldn’t defend a decent total of 280 runs against the Kiwis at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.
In Kohli’s 200th ODI match, India won the toss and chose to bat first. India wanted to start off well in this opening game but New Zealand bowlers were up to their task. The Kiwis bowled very well.
Trent Boult,the Kiwi pacer was the first to pick Shikhar Dhawan for just 9 runs.
After 2 overs, the Kiwi pacer struck again. Boult clean bowled Rohit Sharma, Sharma couldn’t do much on his home ground. He was cleaned up for 20 runs.
India was struggling at 29 for 2, skipper Kohli needed some support. Kedar Jadhav hang around for while with his skipper. But like the last few matches, Jadhav didn’t make this opportunity count. He scored only 12 runs.
Dinesh Karthik was brought to the side in place of Manish Pandey. Karthik and Kohli shared a much-needed partnership. Karthik was making full use of his chances. These two batters added 73 runs and guided their team to defendable score.
Karthik was playing well on 37, but just then Tim Southee got into the action and gave the Kiwis an important breakthrough. Comeback man Karthik was out for 37 runs.
Skipper Kohli wanted to score big on his eve of his 200th ODI, but he kept on losing partners at the other end.
He needed to build another big partnership with MS Dhoni. Kohli and Dhoni combo started to rebuild the innings.
These two batsmen shared a partnership of 57 runs. They wanted to go a long way especially in the last part of the innings.
But it was Trent Boult again who picked dangerous Dhoni for 25 runs. New Zealand were back in the contest as Hardik Pandya and Kohli weren’t scoring the runs with ease.
Skipper Kohli scored his 31st ODI Hundred, he overtook the Aussie legend Ricky Pointing. Pointing had 30 ODI tons and now Kohli has 31 ODI tons. He is only behind ‘The God’ Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar. Sachin had 49 ODI Hundreds.
Hardik Pandya hit some big shots as he needed it to but he got over ambitious. He was dismissed because of a fine catch was taken by the New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson. Pandya was out for 16 runs.
After reaching his milestone Kohli got relaxed and he took the responsibility of scoring quick runs.
But the surprise package in this innings came from Bhuvneshwar Kumar. All knew that Bhuvi is talented with the bat but Bhuvi played some extraordinary shots that amazed everyone. Even Kohli was amazed by the batting skills of Bhuvi.
They both played well to take India to a defendable score. In the last over Kohli was out caught by Trent Boult off Tim Southee’s bowling.
His magnificent innings came to an end on 121 runs. Kohli became just a second player after AB de Devillers to score a Century in his 200th ODI match.
Bhuvi carried on playing couple of shots but he was caught in the deep for 26 runs.
Bhuvi played a little cameo in end to take India through to 280 for the loss of 8 wickets in their 50 overs.
Skipper Kohli played well too, even though the wickets were falling at the regular intervals but he didn’t allow that to affect him. Kohli also has the most numbers of runs scored after 200th ODI. He also has most fifties, 46 in all and most Hundreds 31 in all, after his 200th One Day International Match.
The New Zealand bowlers bowled really well. They were able to restrict the powerfull Indian batting line-up for just 280 runs. The pacers were able to purchase good pace and bounce from the Wankhede wicket.
Trent Boult was the star for the Kiwis. He picked up 4 wickets and gave away only 35 runs in his full quota of 10 overs. Tim Southee was expensive in his last over but he supported Boult well. Southee picked up 3 wickets 73 runs and Mitch Santner took 1 wicket to his name.
New Zealand started off well in their chase of 281 runs. The Kiwi openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro gave their team a decent start.
Indian bowlers were under pressure, but Jasprit Bumrah removed Colin Munro for 28 runs.
Then skipper Kane Williamson too was out for a low score. He was dismissed for just 6 runs by China-man Kuldeep Yadav.
Martin Guptill was also out in the spam of 5 overs. Hardik Pandya took the wicket of Guptill for 32 runs.
The visitors were struggling after a decent opening start. It looked like India will run away with this match.
They needed just 1 wicket to seal the match in their favour. Tom Latham and Ross Taylor denied that.
They started to rebuild their innings.
They continued their form from the 2nd warm-up game, these two batsmen scored their hundreds in the second warm-up game also.
Both Latham and Taylor played the Indian spinners well and they attacked the Indian pace bowlers.
Tom Latham became the first and only wicket-keeper batsman from New Zealand to score a hundred against India and in India. Ross Taylor played like a senior pro. Unfortunately, he was just fell five run short of his well deserved century.
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor shared a record partnership of 200 runs at the Wankhede Stadium. This stand is the highest for New Zealand against India.
Latham was unbeaten on 103 runs and Taylor was dismissed by Bhuneshwar Kumar for 95 runs.
New Zealand recorded their highest successful run chase against India and 281 is the highest run chased by any team at the Wankhede stadium.
New Zealand won this match by six wickets and 6 balls to spare.
This is the first loss for India despite of Kohli scoring a century.
Man of the match was awarded to Tom Latham for his brilliant knock of 103 runs.
Next Match is on 25th October 2017 at Pune, Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.