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New Zealand vs India 1st ODI: Shreyas Iyer’s ODI ton is in vain when New Zealand beats India for 4 wickets | Cricket News

HAMILTON: Shreyas Iyer’s maiden, 50 percent, was overshadowed by veteran Ross Taylor’s assault on Indian bowlers while New Zealand kept his nerve to pursue his biggest goal for a four-wicket win in the first ODI on Wednesday .

Iyer showed why he is considered the next big thing in Indian cricket by scoring 103 of 107 balls. But Taylor, with his unbeaten 109 of 84 balls, helped New Zealand review the goal of 348 runs in 48.1 overs for a 1-0 lead in the three-game series.


With his 10 four and four maxima, Taylor aggressively assumed India’s precious bowling attack. Visitor bowlers, in fact, will have much to reflect on after not defending the mass total.

The win is a shot in the arm for the side of the battle, which was bleached 0-5 in the T20 series.

It was Taylor’s ODI number 21, while backup captain Tom Latham scored 69 of 48 balls, as his 138-run association led the highest chase of the Black Caps on a cricket day.

Henry Nicholls also contributed 78 of 82 balls.

Previously, Iyer’s effort was well accomplished by KL Rahul in form, who hit 88 not only with 64 balls. Captain Virat Kohli also scored 51.

New Zealand had a great start with the starters Martin Guptill (32) and Nicholls with 85.

Guptill was the first to leave, and then debutant Tom Blundell (9) was perplexed by Kuldeep Yadav (2-84), who was taken to run throughout his spell.

It began with the arrival of Taylor to the fold while performing 62 races for the third wicket with Nicholls.

Indian bowlers sent 29 extras, made worse by the lack of field. The turning point came early when Yadav dropped Taylor (in 10 not out) in 23 on Ravindra Jadeja (0-64).

India fought to make progress and had to rely on Kohli’s excellent field to beat Nicholls in 29.

At that time, New Zealand had begun to accelerate and Taylor, along with Latham, gave him the Indian sword attack.

Latham had started with three of 11 balls, but then scored 50 of the next 27 balls. In total, he hit eight four and two six.

Taylor reached his half century with 45 balls. His position of 100 races with Latham came only with 65 balls.

Jasprit Bumrah (0-53) was deployed, but after an impressive initial spell, he was also taken to run. Latham was trapped in the depths of Yadav, but the damage was already done when New Zealand crossed 300 in the 41st.

This was after New Zealand won the draw and opted for the field. Tom Blundell played his first ODI for Black Caps, while India made its debut to starters Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal.

They added 50 of 48 balls to their first inaugural spot before falling into the space of five deliveries, leaving India 54-2.

Shaw was the first to leave, robbing Colin de Grandhomme (1-41), while Agarwal was caught at Tim Southee’s point (2-85). He brought together Kohli and Iyer, and they dominated the middle managers with a 102-run job for the third wicket.

Kohli fell against the game streak when Ish Sodhi (1-27) came out of his defense to cut off the leg stump.

But the day belonged to Iyer who, despite an irregular start, crossed 50 of 66 balls. Having passed that mark, he hit more fluently and confidently to achieve his first hundred in 16 ODI of 101 balls.

The Iyer-Rahul couple added 136 runs for the fourth wicket.

Rahul’s carnage, which includes six six and three four, meant that New Zealand conceded 191 runs in the last 20 overs.

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