New Zealand won their first match of their India tour at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium in Delhi thanks to a fantastic century by Captain Kane Williamson and some great bowling by Trent Boult and Tim Southee. The match went down to the wire but in the end the Kiwis held their nerve in the final over to beat India by 6 runs and level the 5 match series at 1-1.
New Zealand batted first and was coasting thanks to a 119 run partnership with Williamson and Latham. Taylor who has been out of form for the entire tour, struggled once again and slowed down the run rate putting pressure on Williams. The Kiwis at one stage looked like they would get to 300 but some great bowling during the last 10 overs by the Indians put the breaks on the Kiws. J Bumrah sent down some toe crushing yorkers and finished his quota of overs taking 3 wickets and giving away 35 runs. The Kiwis put up a respectable 242 on the board but knew they were atleast 25 to 30 runs short.
India’s opening pair of Sharma and Rahane did not click once again with Sharma getting out for 15 and injuring his left hand in the process. The Kiwis knew they were in the game once they got the Indian vice captain Virat Kohli for just 9 and ran out M Pandey for 19. MS Dhoni and K Jadhav tried to build a partnership but Dhoni struggled to rotate the strike and put Jadhav under pressure. He played some good shots but in the end lost his wicket going for another big hit.
Dhoni tried his usual strategy of trying to take the match to the final over but it backfired yet again when the skipper got out and exposed the tail to the pressure of scoring more than a run a ball. H Pandya and U Yadav put up a good fight but some great death bowling by Boult and Southee meant caused them to call short.
Williamson who was the man of the match said “The wicket wasn’t easy to increase the scoring rate, at the halfway stage we were a few off where we wanted to be, a lot of credit to the way we bowled, to create pressure on that surface was key and Trent Boult was outstanding.”
The Kiwis will take confidence from this win as they go into the third ODI while India will want to bounce back and win the ODI series convincingly.