New Zealand put on an excellent running chase for a massive 307-run goal as Indian bowlers Tom Latham and Kane Williamson. More than 200 runs from the Kiwi duo helped the team take a seven-field win at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland on Friday, 25 November.
Chasing the huge 307-lap target, the Kiwis opened up Finn Allen and Devon Conway – can sew a stop of only 35 turns between them. Allen had 22 rounds with 25 balls in two quads and sixes before Shardul Thakur scalped his rook to make his first foray into India. Allen tried to push the long ball but a weak side saw him catch goalkeeper Rishabh Pant.
Conway lost his rook against Umran Malik in the 16th round. Playing his first ODI, Malik scalped his first base when Conway caught Pant from an outside edge. Conway fired a slow 24-round shot from 42 guns in three quads.
Then captain Williamson and wicket-keeper Tom Latham both secured the ship, completing half a century and erecting more than 200 running stands. Williamson scored his ninth 50-point hit against India in 26 innings in ODI format. However, he was only six laps behind to complete his tone, as seven quads and sixes had 94 undefeated laps from 98 balls.
Latham hit a fast ball with just 76 balls and went on to go undefeated 145 laps with just 104 balls, with 19 bounds and a five maximum. It was also the seventh ODI century.
New Zealand has not lost wickets after that. Williamson and Latham’s undefeated hits pushed the Kiwis to chase the goal in just 48th, and they won the game by seven wickets. Black Caps are now leading 1-0 in their three-game ODI series.
Earlier, India had a solid start with three hitters, Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer, who completed their half-century. But Washington Sundar’s cameo in recent passes put India’s total in the top 50 to 306/7. Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson scalped three rooks, while Adam Milne chose one.
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