India Beat New Zealand in Opening Encounter


New Zealand vs India, 1st ODI
Series: India tour of New Zealand, 2019
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Jan 23, 2019; 03:00 PM LOCAL

The much awaited ODI series between the No. 2 ranked India and the No 3 ranked New Zealand began from today.

It was India who took the initial 1-0 lead.

India beat New Zealand by 8 wickets with 85 balls to spare. (DLS method)

India made 156/2 in 34.5 overs in reply to New Zealand’s 157 in 38 overs. Shikhar Dhavan (75*) , skipper Virat Kohli (45), and Rayudu (13*) scored the winning runs with their characteristic ease. Dhawan crossed a personal milestone – 5000 ODI runs and becoming the second fastest Indian to the milestone.

India just cruised along in their chase displaying a powerful performance with clinical precision.

Kuldip Yadav for his brilliant bowling was adjudged the Player of the match.

Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first.

New Zealand had to face a pumped up Indian bowling attack after a triumphant tour of Australia – fresh, confident, and at its menacing best.

It all started with Shami (3/19). He struck in his first and second overs, removed both openers and the New Zealand never really recovered thereafter. The skipper Williamson (64) and Ross Taylor (24) put on a small partnership, but once Taylor was removed by Chahal – India spun a web around the hosts.  The spin twins – Kuldeep (4/39) and Chahal (2/43) – were at work and India ripped out the hosts for a below-par score by the end of 38th over. The decision to bat first didn’t come good.

After 10 overs with India at 44/1, the match was marked by a strange incident, a first of its kind on a cricket field :

“The setting sun is directly in the eyes of the batsmen. So we got to consider the safety of the players, umpires. So we have decided to suspend play until conditions improve. This is the first time in my 14 years I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game,” explained umpire Shaun Haig.

Thus, one over was lost due to the unusual sun strike. The new target for India was revised: 156 from 49 overs.

Bill Dalton, the Mayor of Napier, stated, ” We were very conscious that this would happen and had made a plan for it.”