New Zealand defeated India by four wickets in the series-opener, at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Wednesday. Producing a commanding batting performance, India posted a competitive 347/4 but seasoned Ross Taylor anchored the Kiwi chase with an unbeaten 109-run knock.
The hosts overhauled the stiff target with 11 balls to spare with the Indian bowlers struggling badly despite having a big total to defend.
It was New Zealand’s first win since India landed in the country with the hosts suffering a humiliating whitewash in the five-match T20 series.
The Kiwis were quite comfortable in their chase but lost wickets of Tom Latham (69) and James Neesham (9) and Colin de Grandhomme (1) when they were close to the target. Taylor ensured that the host do not snatch yet another defeat from a strong position.
Ross Taylor also became the first Kiwi batsman to score 2000 runs in international cricket on one ground. He averages 54 at Seddon Park in 39 games.
NZ’s highest winning total is 350/9 v Australia (346) at Hamilton in 2007. Today NZ scored 348/6 v India (347). So a lower total but the highest total successfully chased.
Most Wides conceded by India (ODI):-
31 v Kenya Bristol 1999
28 v ENG The Oval 2004
26 v AUS Mumbai 2007
25 v WI Chennai 2007
24 v NZ Hamilton 2020*
Highest successful chase vs India in ODIs:-
359 by AUS, Mohali 2019
348 by NZ, Hamilton 2020*
322 by PAK, Mohali 2007
322 by SL, The Oval 2017
Highest successful chase by New Zealand in ODIs:-
348 v IND, Hamilton 2020*
347 v AUS, Hamilton 2007
337 v AUS, Auckland 2007
336 v ENG, Dunedin 2018
Ross Taylor hundred:-
– 21st in ODIs
– 12th at home
– 3rd against India
– 4th in Hamilton
Most sixes for NZ v IND (across formats):-
35 Ross Taylor
34 Chris Cairns
33 Brendon McCullum
31 Martin Guptill/ Colin Munro
Highest opening partnership for NZ at Hamilton:-
165* B McCullum – J Ryder v ENG 2008
102 B McCullum – J Ryder v IND 2009
88 M Guptill – C Munro v PAK 2018
85 M Guptill – H Nicholls v IND 2020*
Highest partnership for India at Hamilton:-
201 V Sehwag – G Gambhir v NZ, 2009 (1st wkt)
174 S Dhawan – R Sharma v IRE 2015 (1st)
136 S Iyer – KL Rahul v NZ, 2020 (4th)*
127* MS Dhoni – R Jadeja v NZ, 2014 (6th)
Highest 1st innings score at Hamilton (ODIs):-
363 by WI v NZ 2014 (won)
347 by IND v NZ 2020 (lost)
346 by AUS v NZ 2007 (lost)
339 by SA v ZIM 2015 (won)
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