India have been accustomed to winning at home and have been dominant in all formats of the game. For the first time in a long time, they find themselves under pressure after losing the first ODI against New Zealand in Mumbai. This is a three match ODI series and that means India will have to win the second ODI in Pune to keep the series alive.
India batted first at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday and were immediately in trouble as Trent Bolt dismissed both the openers cheaply and K Jadhav who came in at four also fell cheaply. Virat Kohli knew that he would have to stay till the end and he did just that as he compiled another ODI century. Kohli who was playing his 200th ODI played a captain’s innings and scored his 31st ODI century hitting 121 of just 125 balls.
D Karthik who replaced M Pandey made 37 of 47 balls while B Kumar showed that he can clear the boundary and played a cameo at the end hitting 26 of 15 balls to take India to a respectable score of 280. However that wasn’t a great score because New Zealand had a great batting line-up and it would be up to the Indian bowlers to deliver yet again.
The Kiwis played aggressively and India were always under pressure. They were relying on their wrist spinners to run through the Kiwis but Tom Latham swept them at will and put together a match winning 200 run partnership with Ross Taylor. The Kiwis were helped as India failed to hold on to their catches and make crucial run-outs count.
While Kohli played a fantastic innings, he made some decisions on the field that could have cost India the match. He choose to have his first slip standing wide and the Kiwis kept edging between the keeper and first slip. He also chose to have a leg slip instead of a first slip and that also cost India. What was also strange was that Kohli did not give K Jadhav a bowl even when he saw that his main bowlers were not able to get a breakthrough.
India could make one change for the next match and substitute K Yadav who was very expensive and bring in A Patel. The second ODI takes place on October 25 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium.