Published: Sun, February 09, 2020
Sport | By Ruben Hill

New Zealand lean on experience to clinch Taylor-made win over India

New Zealand lean on experience to clinch Taylor-made win over India

To give all the latest updates about the pitch and the Indian and New Zealand teams, the Star Sports Network will kick off the telecast of the first India vs New Zealand ODI match a little before it begins officially.

It was a morale-boosting victory for the Black Caps, who went into the match as underdogs after a 5-0 whitewash in the recent Twenty20 worldwide series, when they repeatedly squandered winning opportunities. "We're trying to stay calm and play good cricket in the field", Akbar added. He emerged as the second-highest run-getter in the five-match series for India, with 153 runs and an average of 51. "They have the rest of March off, all of April, all of May", reckoned Coney.

"On Lathham's knock, he said: "Tom and I have played together for a long time, so I have certainly seen him play like that before".

Former New Zealand skipper Jeremy Coney was among the top critics who lashed out at Stead, with the Kiwis struggling in their most important season in 10 years.

However, it was then that Taylor brought in all his experience and alongwith Nicholls shared a 62-run stand. The ODI series could also provide a chance for some new heroes to emerge, such as Prithvi Shaw, who has got a chance to shine because of injuries to key players like Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan.

India's Virat Kohli misses Colin de Grandhomme in the dramatic Black Caps chase in the first ODI in Hamilton. Iyer followed Kohli's footsteps to reach his half-century as India gained momentum with the run-rate gradually on the rise on a good wicket where batting became easier once the ball got older.

The second ODI will be played at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

"An outstanding performance from New Zealand".

Overall, Ricky Ponting holds the record for scoring the maximum number of runs in ODIs as captain.

Which is why Stead's decision to take a mid-season break as New Zealand face India in a three-match one-day series raised eyebrows among Black Caps supporters. We need to cheer up the bowlers as well as all the fielders have to be there in the game. "First of many (centuries) I hope, so I would take this in my stride and try to make sure that next time, I finish on the winning side", Iyer said at the post-match press conference.

India, too, might have to choose between Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

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