India clinched a comfortable victory in the first ODI against New Zealand at Dharamsala. New Zealand batted first and were tottering at 106-8 at one point. They ended up getting all-out after making 190 runs.
Hardik Pandya (3-31) made an eventful start to his one-day career, conceding three boundaries in his first five deliveries before dismissing Martin Guptill (12) with the sixth.
He and Umesh Yadav (2-31) combined to reduce New Zealand to 48-5 in the 13th over before the spinners joined the party.
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Ajinkya Rahane (33) and Rohit Sharma (14) put on 49 runs for the opening wicket, but New Zealand did not throw in the towel, reducing India to 102-3 in the 20th over.
Kohli, whose double century in Indore helped India complete a 3-0 whitewash in the Test series against the Kiwis, then added 60 runs with ODI skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (21) to take the game away from the tourists. The duo went about accumulating runs with a mixture of caution and aggression.
Dhoni was then runout after amix up but Kolhi stayed on and accumalated 81 runs. He finished things off in style for the home side by hitting Ish Sodhi for a six to score the winning runs.
Kolhi’s frightening consistency and the sensational debuts for Hardik Pandya and spinner Kedar Jadhav were the main talking points of the day.
Not a single shot in the air till the last hit to seal the deal…Kohli’s in a different league, and it showed today. #indvsnz
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) 16 October 2016
Haazme ki goli, Rangon ki holi,
Aur batting me kohli
Poore India ko pasand hain
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 16 October 2016
— Lt. Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) 16 October 2016