Highlights

  • Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer put up a 102-run stand for the third wicket.
  • Virat Kohli was clean bowled by Ish Sodhi after scoring 51 runs.
  • Debutant openers Prithvi Shaw (20) and Mayank Agarwal (32) fell in successive overs.
  • Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal put up a 50-run opening stand.

Shreyas Iyer bats against New Zealand in Hamilton. (AFP Photo)Shreyas Iyer bats against New Zealand in Hamilton. (AFP Photo)

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OVERS 35.4: BIG HIT! Iyer hits a slow off-cutter from Bennett over long-on for the third SIX of the match. India 207/3
OVERS 35.2: 200 up for India as Rahul taps a Bennett delivery to backward point for a single

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OVERS 34.3: BIG HIT! Sodhi bowls a googly but Rahul hits it with the turn over long-on for the second successive SIX! India 198/3
OVERS 34.2: BIG HIT! Rahul hits a Sodhi delivery over long-off for the first SIX of the match

OVERS 33.5: FOUR! Iyer slashes and slashes at it hard, short and wide from Bennett and Iyer cuts to the third man fence

Bennett has been brought back in the attack

OVERS 32.2: 7th ODI fifty for Shreyas Iyer as he square cuts a Sodhi delivery for a single. India 174/3

OVERS 28.4: OUT! Ish Sodhi clean bowls Kohli (51) with a googly! Kohli come forward, opens the face of the bat to play a leg=break but the ball sneaks in through the bat-pad gap. India 156/3

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OVERS 28.2: 100-run stand up between Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer
Ish Sodhi has been introduced in the attack

OVERS 27.2: 58th ODI fifty for Kohli as he flicks a Santner delivery to wide long-on. India 150/2

OVERS 26.6: FOUR! Iyer cuts a Bennett delivery to the third man fence for his fourth boundary. India 149/2

OVERS 26.1: FOUR! Kohli cover drives a Bennett delivery to move to 48. That shot had class written all over it. India 143/2

Hamish Bennett has been brought back in the attack

OVERS 23.1: FOUR! Kohli cuts a Santner delivery behind point, superb wrist-work there from the Indian captain.
India 127/2

OVERS 22.5: FOUR! Kohli on drives a de Grandhomme delivery for his fourth boundary.
India 122/2

Mitchell Santner has been introduced in the attack

OVERS 20.5: FOUR! Iyer cuts a de Grandhomme delivery to backward point for his third boundary.
India 113/2

OVERS 19.2: FOUR! 4 leg byes are conceded as Iyer deflects a Neesham delivery off his pads to the fine leg fence.
India 104/2

OVERS 19.1: 100 up for India as Kohli taps in front of the covers

OVERS 18.6: DROPPED and FOUR! Iyer hits a de Grandhomme delivery over mid-off where Southee jumps but the ball just misses his fingertips.
India 99/2

OVERS 17.6: DROPPED! Iyer cuts hard at a wide delivery from Neesham, its flies to gully where Ross Taylor drops a tough chance. India 93/2

OVERS 16.1: FOUR! First delivery after the drinks break and Kohli cover drives a de Grandhomme delivery for his third boundary. India 89/2

OVERS 14.3: FOUR! Shreyas Iyer square drives a de Grandhomme delivery for his first boundary.
India 76/2

OVERS 13.5 FOUR OFF A FREE HIT: A yorker from Neesham goes wrong and Kohli slams the full toss straight down the ground for his second boundary.
India 70/2

James Neesham has been introduced in the attack

OVERS 10.1: FOUR! Southee has a fielder at fine leg for the bouncer but this bouncer doesn’t rise that much and Virat Kohli is able to pull it in front of square for his first boundary. India 59/2

OVERS 8.4: OUT! Agarwal (32) cuts a Southee delivery to backward point for Tom Blundell to take a fine catch. India 54/2

OVERS 7.6: OUT! de Grandhomme has Shaw (20) caught behind by Latham. India 50/1

OVERS 7.5: Agarwal cuts to third man to bring up the Indian fifty

Colin de Grandhomme has been introduced in the attack

OVERS 6.3: FOUR! Short and wide from Southee and Agarwal cuts over point for his fifth boundary.
India 45/0

OVERS 6.1: FOUR! Agarwal edges to third man for another boundary. New Zealand have three slips but no fielder at third man.
India 41/0

OVERS 5.4: FOUR! Bennett pitches it short and Shaw pulls it to square leg for another boundary.
India 35/0

OVERS 4.5: FOUR! Agarwal cover drives for four. That’s a fine shot.
India 25/0

OVERS 4.3: Narrow escape for Agarwal as he survives a close LBW appeal against Southee. The review was taken and the replays showed the ball going just over the stumps

OVERS 3.6: FOUR! Shaw square drives on the up for his second successive boundary. India 21/0

OVERS 3.5: FOUR! Shaw flicks a Bennett delivery through mid-wicket

OVERS 2.2: FOUR! Agarwal drives straight down the ground for the first four of the match
. India 11/0

OVERS 1.6: Agarwal too gets off the mark in ODIs, punches through the gap at cover point

OVERS 1.4: Shaw off the mark in ODIs, hits through the covers for two runs

Hamish Bennett bowls the second over for the Kiwis, a leg bye is conceded, India off the mark

It’s a maiden to begin with, good start for New Zealand

ALL SET: Tim Southee bowls the first over for New Zealand, Prithvi Shaw on strike

TOSS: Stand-in New Zealand captain Tom Latham won the toss and chose to bowl against India at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

DEBUTANT OPENERS: Openers Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal make ODI debuts.

New Zealand skipper, Tom Latham, says that the reason is due to history where chasing is favoured in the ground as it becomes difficult to defend under lights. Informs Neesham and de Grandhomme are the all-rounders while the seam attack comprises of Tim Southee and Hamish Bennett. Further says that Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi would be their spinners. On being asked whether they could take confidence from an ODI which was played as long as 5 months ago, Latham is confident that they can maintain their good run.

Indian captain, Virat Kohli too, admits he would have bowled first, as it is a short ground and under lights, batting gets easier. But is now looking to bat well, especially in the absence of Rohit Sharma. Is super excited to see a new opening combination in Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal. Informs that Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shivam Dube, Navdeep Saini and Yuzvendra Chahal are the 5 guys missing out from the squad. Believes that Kuldeep Yadav’s variety tips him ahead of Chahal. Feels that at home, they can be dominant as anyone but it is foreign conditions which will test them. Hence, he believes that a 5-0 win in the T20Is puts them in really good perspective. Adds that since this year has a major focus on T20Is, one would see plenty of new faces being tried out in the ODIs.

India (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli(c), Shreyas Iyer, Lokesh Rahul(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham(w/c), Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett

PITCH REPORT: Scott Styris says that the soil used is the Mohali soil. VVS Laxman observes that there is no grass cover as the batting of New Zealand is not that strong. Believes that it is a good pitch to bat on and might aid spin later on in the innings. Styris adds that the pitch looks a bit tacky, so the ball might stick on the surface initially but then should come onto the bat as the game goes on.

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