New Zealand vs India Highlights, 1st ODI Napier: A brilliant all-round effort helped India thrash New Zealand by eight wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis (D/L) method in the first ODI at the McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday. Asked to field first, the Indian bowlers were right on the money as they restricted the hosts to a paltry score and then Indian batters displayed a clinical performance to hand India a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. Chasing 157, Indian openers Rohit Sharma (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (75 not out) started on a positive note, forging a crucial 41-runs partnership before Rohit was dismissed by Doug Bracewell in the 10th over. He was caught by Martin Guptill in the slips. Just after the fall of Rohit’s wicket, sun stopped the play for around 30 minutes. The sun rays were directly getting into the players eyes which prompted the umpires to suspend the proceedings. The break saw the match officials reduce the match by one over and the new target for India was revised to 156 from 49 overs. (Cricket Streaming – India vs New Zealand 1st ODI) (SCORECARD – NZ vs IND 1st ODI)

Highlights, New Zealand vs India 1st ODI in Napier

14.20 IST: What a performance from Shami!

14.15 IST: As easy as it gets! After some wonderful bowling, India back it up with good batting and win the first match of the series. Dhawan and Sharma played the Powerplay well enough. The players then had to stop play because the ‘sun’ was disturbing the players. After they came back, Rohit fell but Kohli anchored the innings well and didn’t allow the Black Caps a sniff. Kohli missed out on a fifty but Dhawan went on and scored his 50 taking India to victory alongside Rayudu handing India a big 8 wicket win. The Kiwi bowlers were good but didn’t have enough runs to play with. Ferguson and Bracewell got a wicket each but that was all about it. You cannot win a match if you have 157 on the board and not take the opposition all out. Earlier on, Shami, Kuldeep and Chahal restricted New Zealand to a party 157. Stay tuned for the post match presentation.

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14.08 IST: That will do. Length ball outside off, Rayudu taps it with soft hands to the off side and responds to Dhawan’s call who makes it in time. India (156/2) beat New Zealand (157-all out) by 8 wickets (DLS method) in Napier. Dhawan 75*, Kohli 45, Bracewell 1/23

14.07 IST: FOUR! Finally, Rayudu breaks the shackles with a release shot. The scores are tied here. Pitches it up outside off, Rayudu comes down the track and lofts this over covers. Boundary. Just one run away now. India 155/2 in 34.3 overs, need 1 run (DLS) to win vs New Zealand (157-all out)

13.59 IST: Tidy over from Ferguson, just 2 off it but India are in full control. The men in blue need just 8 runs to take the lead in 5-match series. INd 148/2 in 33 overs vs NZ (157-all out)

13.45 IST: FOUR! Edge and a boundary! Length ball outside off, Rayudu feels for it and gets an outside edge past the diving keeper to the third man fence. India 139/2 in 30 overs, need 17 runs to win vs NZ

13.40 IST: OUT! Ferguson removes Virat Kohli for 45. Back-to-back dismissals in the 40s for India captain. He was dismissed for 46 in the MCG ODI. Him not converting is very rare. Short ball down the leg side, Kohli looks to hook it but gets a faint edge to the keeper back. The keeper appeals and Virat walks. We have seen a similar dismissal like this before. Too little too late for the Kiwis though. India 132/2 in 28.4 overs, need 24 runs (DLS) to win vs New Zealand (157-all out)

13.25 IST: Not out! There is some bat involved and Kohli survives. Length delivery angling in from around off, Virat moves across to play it on the leg side but is caught on the pads. A loud shout goes up and so does the finger. He quickly signals the ‘T’ which indicates that there was some bat. Replays roll in and Snicko confirms the same.

13.24 IST: Review taken. Virat Kohli is caught leg before and adjudged out. He, however, has taken the DRS. Signals to his partner that there was some bat involved. Let’s see now…

13.17 IST: FIFTY! Shikhar Dhawan slams 28th half-century in ODI cricket. Gets to his fifty this time! Full and outside off, Dhawan drives it through covers. Comes back for the second and gets to his 26th ODI fifty. His first after 9 innings.  India 110/1 in 23 overs, need 46 runs to win vs New Zealand (157-all out)

13.11 IST: Short ball outside off, Kohli pulls. It doesn’t go all the way but Kohli is quick and picks up three for it. A rarity in this part of the world. India 103/1 in 21 overs, need 53 runs to win vs New Zealand (157-all out)

12.53 IST: FOUR! In the air but right in the gap. Lucky or precision placement? Could be anything with the Indian skipper. He comes ahead and drives it aerially between Southee and Guptill, who dive but can’t stop it. A boundary results. India 85/1 in 16 overs, need 71 runs to win vs New Zealand (157-all out)

12.47 IST: FOUR! This is subtly done, back-to-back boundaries for Kohli. Just exquisite. Angling in from outside off, a length ball over the wicket at 150 clicks, Kohli just opens the face and dabs it behind point. Coolly done too. India 73/1 in 14.2 overs vs New Zealand (157-all out)

12.38 IST: FOUR! That’s a much better shot. Lockie overpitches this outside off, hands Dhawan a gift which the left-hander accepts. He crashes this through the covers and finds the fence IND 54/1 in 12 overs, need 102 runs to win vs NZ (157-all out)

12.35 IST: Well, a bit of DLS coming into play. The TARGET HAS NOW BEEN REDUCED TO 156 IN 49 OVERS as the players spent more than 30 minutes in the ‘sun’ delay.

12.33 IST: Good shot but can’t beat Williamson at mid off. Kohli walks down the track to this full ball and drives it past the bowler. Williamson from mid off moves to his right and stops it well. Only a single to the batsmen. India 47/1 in 11.1 overs vs New Zealand (157-all out)

12.28 IST: The sun has set, the conditions are better and we are ready to begin again. Dhawan to take strike, with Kohli at the other end. Ferguson to continue with his remaining over.

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12.10 IST: Here’s an interesting fact about this ground – Usually, grounds have the playing surface facing North-South, but McLean Park has it facing East-West. Hence, this issue.

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12.00 IST: Both the umpires, Shaun Haig and Shaun George, were caught to get updates on the situations. They say the sun was not only hampering the batsman, but also the fielders as it was directly coming into their eyes. They also go on to mention that they have an extra 30 minutes, and play should resume in that time, so we should have a full 50-over game.

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11.52 IST: So… this is interesting. We have a halt in play due to the sun bearing down directly on the batsmen’s eyes. The umpires talk amongst themselves and decide to stop play for some time. The players are off the field.

11.49 IST: Powerplay 2 signalled. A maximum of 4 fielders will be allowed outside the ring till the end of the 40th over. Also, Lockie Ferguson to continue from the other end.

11.47 IST: OUT! Doug Bracewell removes Rohit Sharma for 11. There it is the first breakthrough and Bracewell strikes! Length and outside off, invites Sharma to play on the up. Rohit plays a rather loose shot and gets an outside edge to Guptill at first slip who takes it at a good height. First wicket for the Kiwis and they will hope they get another one quickly. India 41/1 in 9.3 overs vs New Zealand (157-all out)

11.43 IST: Welcome back! Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to continue while Doug Bracewell will bowl the first over after the break.

11.10 IST: Earlier on, Shami started the destruction of the Kiwi batsmen while Kuldeep and Chahal continued to torment the line-up. Williamson’s gritty fifty ensured that the hosts got past the 150-run mark. Still not over for the Black Caps. If they manage to get some quick wickets post the interval, things could happen, you never know. Join us in a while for the remainder of the chase.

11.08 IST: So the players finally take the Dinner break as India are surely on top of this game. New Zealand would have hoped for a couple of wickets before the break but Sharma and Dhawan have seen out the opening 9 overs. Boult and Southee did bowl well at the start but India were happy to just see them out. As time went by, Dhawan looked at ease.

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11.02 IST: FOUR! Brilliant placement. Shorter in length around off, Dhawan just opens the face of the bat and guides it towards the vacant backward point region for a boundary. Solid start here for India. India 41/0 in 9 overs, need 117 runs to win vs New Zealand (157-all out)

10.57 IST: FOUR! Lovely! Outside off, there to be hit. Dhawan in total balance pierces the gap through cover-point and gets his second boundary of the over. Looking good now. India 36/0 in 8 overs, need 122 runs to win vs New Zealand (157-all out)

10.54 IST: FOUR! Exquisite! Overpitched on off, Dhawan just punches this along the turf and down the ground through mid off. The mid off fielder hares behind it but gives up the chase. All timing on that.

10.48 IST: FOUR! Rohit Sharma takes the charge. He comes down the track and hits it over long on for a boundary. He didn’t time it well but it had enough to clear the man at mid on. India 18/0 in 6 overs, need 140 runs to win vs New Zealand (157-all out)

10.41 IST: FOUR! EDGE and just away. Full on the off stump, Dhawan closes the bat face early and looks to go on side but gets a top edge which balloons behind the point region. Santner dives near the ropes, gets a hand to it but cannot stop the ball from going to the ropes. IND 11/0 in 4 overs vs NZ (157-all out)

10.33 IST: On a length around off, Sharma gets an inside edge and the ball goes towards the on side. Latham has a shy at the bowler’s end but the ball strikes Sharma. They pick up a single. India 5/0 in 2 overs vs New Zealand (157-all out)

10.25 IST: Back live for the chase. India have a short period to endure before the supper break. The hosts need early wickets if they are to even compete in this match. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are at the crease. Former will take the strike. Pacer Trent Boult will open the attack!

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10.15 IST: OUT! Edged to first slip. The innings is done. The googly outside off, Boult pushes at it, does not pick the line and gets a thick outside edge. Simple catch for Rohit Sharma. New Zealand 157-all out in 38 overs vs India at McLean Park, Napier. Williamson 64, Kuldeep 4/39

10.13 IST: SIX! Not a bad shot from Boult. Full and around off, Southee gets down and slog sweeps it over mid-wicket. NZ 156/9 in 37.3 overs vs IND

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10.06 IST: OUT! Stumping appeal! Is Ferguson out of his crease? MS Dhoni is finally into the action, enough said! Fligthed ball on off, spins away from Ferguson who comes ahead to push it to the off side. Gets beaten for the turn and Dhoni quickly does what he does best. Takes off the bails and then puts in an appeal. New Zealand 148/9 in 35.2 overs vs India

09.58 IST: OUT! Chopped on! Second wicket in the over and now, the Kiwis might not even see Powerplay 3. The googly outside off, short in length, Bracewell goes back to cut but does not pick the length or the line. Is too far from the ball and only gets a thick inside edge back onto the stumps. New Zealand 146/8 in 34 overs vs India

09.56 IST: OUT! Caught in the deep! Kane Williamson goes for 64. Williamson is gone and with that, the chances of a 250 or even a competitive score are gone too, one would think. First wicket for Kuldeep and he has got the trump card. The break has done the trick for the Indians. Beautifully tossed up around off, Williamson takes the gamble of going after the chinaman. The idea might have been wrong at this stage with not many wickets left. And it turns out to be a bad gamble. The skipper mistimes it and Vijay Shankar takes it comfortably at long on. Fabulous knock from the captain once again, under pressure. Upto his bowlers to make a match out of this. NZ 146/7 in 34.2 overs vs IND

09.51 IST: DRINKS. India continue to do well on a track which does not seem to have too much for the bowlers. The wickets have fallen plainly due to consistent dogged bowling, not giving too much room. That sustained pressure has resulted in some shots being played out of frustration and eventually, wickets have fallen. 17 overs left and it does look a tall ask for the home side to bat out those. However, should Williamson stay till the end, 250 is a possibility. Whether that will be enough or not is a different question. New Zealand 146/6 in 33 overs vs India

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09.42 IST: LBW! Plumb, plumb, dead plumb. When you get across, you cannot miss. If you miss, you get dismissed. That has exactly what has happened here. Santner walks across his stumps and Shami keeps it full and straight. Mitchell looks to flick but is beaten by pace. Is hit on the pads and is plumb in front. Shami appeals, the umpire takes his time but eventually raises his finger. Santner walks across slowly to Williamson to talk regarding the review and one reckons that if he had hit it, the review would have been taken straightaway. ‘Can I, can I, should I?’ probably are the questions asked by Santner. ‘Nope. On your way son’, might have been the response. A buddy stand broken. Shami has his third. New Zealand 134/6

09.32 IST: FOUR! Not in total control but will take it. Short ball on the leg side, Santner looks to help it but gets a top edge which goes past Dhoni and into the fine leg boundary. New Zealand 127/5 in 28 overs vs India

09.24 IST: SIX! Not afraid to take the spinner on. Tossed up on middle, Santer gets under it and lofts this over long on. Maximum. NZ 120/5 in 26.1 overs

09.22 IST: FIFTY! for Williamson! This is his 36th in the ODI format. Full and outside off, Williamson creams this through covers. Comes back for the second and gets to his 36th half century. Another very important knock.

09.15 IST: OUT! Kedar Jadhav removes Henry Nicholls for 12. What a catch! Kuldeep Yadav has plucked one out from the air! Brilliant. Lopped up ball on off, Nicholls looks to flick this but cannot keep this on the ground. Flicks it uppishly towards mid-on where Kuldeep dives to his weaker side, that his right and sticks his arms out. The ball sticks and Nicholls has to walks back. The hosts have lost half their side and India’s part-timer has a wicket. New Zealand 107/5 in 24 overs vs India

09.13 IST: FOUR! Excellent placement. Knew where the fielder was and placed his sweep to perfection. Gets low and swipes this towards fine leg uppishly and the ball reaches the fence. NZ 106/4 in 23.3 overs vs IND

09.04 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries for Kane. This was short outside off, Williamson rocks back and pulls it in the same region for another boundary. 10 runs from the over. New Zealand 91/4 in 21 overs vs India

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08.57 IST: OUT! Another one gone, Chahal strikes again. Tom Latham departs for 11. Oh dear me… do not stop the press. Would rather say, do not open the press today at all. Chahal has his second and guess what, both are caught and bowled. Another stinger. Full and around the middle, Latham tries to do what he attempted on the previous ball, a chip down the ground. But this time, he hits it straight back to the bowler. Chahal lunges forward and takes it inches above the turf again (reference is to the Taylor wicket). He throws the ball up in the air and Latham initially throws his head skywards in disappointment and starts to walk. But then, stops. He expresses his feelings to the umpire regarding whether the ball has carried or not. The umpires have a customary chat and then refer it upstairs with the soft signal as OUT. There is nothing in the replays which can change the decision. Latham has to go and the strong Kiwi middle order is being broken. NZ 77/4 in 19 overs vs IND 

08.55 IST: FOUR! Lovely shot. Full and around middle, Latham comes forward and chips it beautifully over mid on. Shikhar Dhawan runs to his left from long on but the ball races away past him in a flash. New Zealand 76/4 in 18.4 overs vs India

08.45 IST: DROPPED! Oh dear! Kedar Jadhav has put down the Kiwi skipper. Short ball on the hips, Williamson pulls it away but finds Kedar at deep square leg. Jadav gets low but cannot hold onto it. Big miss this, how costly will it prove?

08.42 IST: FOUR! Nicely done and well in control. Not too short, Kane checks his pull and just glances this away through square leg. The fine leg fielder is fine and the ball touches the ropes.

08.37 IST: OUT! Yuzvenndra Chahal snares Ross Taylor for 24. CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Boy. Stop the press. Chahal has taken a caught and bowled dismissal. That too, with the ball dipping onto him. Beautifully flighted outside off, Taylor comes forward to push but cannot keep it down. The ball dips onto the bowler who does well to take it inches above the ground. Fabulous catch. New Zealand 52/3 in 14.3 overs vs India

08.34 IST: FOUR! Classic shot. On a length outside off, Williamson gets on top of the bounce and punches it through the covers. No soul can stop it. 50 UP FOR NEW ZEALAND. New Zealand 52/2 in 14 overs vs India

08.25 IST: Is that a run-out? Will be a freakish way to get out if Rosco is gone… SAFE! Taylor is well in. Many batsmen get out these days in such fashion. Full and around off, Williamson gets forward and across and drives it straight back. Shankar looks to stop it with a bend in his follow through and the ball deflects off his hands behind. Hits the stumps and India appeal confidently. It is referred upstairs but replays show that Rosco stretched well enough to get back in before the ball hit the stumps. NZ 40/2 in 12 overs vs IND

08.13 IST: FOUR! Cutting lose is Taylor! Pitched up ball on off, Ross shimmies down a bit and lofts this through the line over mid-wicket for a one-bounce boundary. New Zealand 33/2 in 9 overs vs India

08.07 IST: FOUR! Magnificent shot! Taylor is in good form and it’s showing. Short ball outside off, Taylor quickly gets into position and pulls it through mid-wicket. The ball races away to the fence. NZ 27/2 in 7.4 overs vs IND

07.57 IST: Tidy over from Bhuvi, just a single off it. In line of the stumps, Taylor turns his bat to the on side. Just one run from the over. Terrific from Bhuvi. Finding his line after being slightly wayward in his first. New Zealand 19/2 in 5 overs vs India

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07.48 IST: OUT! Shami removes Colin Munro for 8. Shami you beauty! Second wicket in two overs and he is roaring. On a good length, gets the ball nipping back into the left-hander. Munro looks to drive it but is totally beaten. The ball goes on to his the top of middle and New Zealand lose their second wicket. Excellent line and length from Shami. New Zealand’s openers are back in the hut. Another dangerous batsman dismissed. New Zealand 18/2 in 3.3 overs vs India

07.45 IST: FOUR! That is a terrific shot from Munro! Two back-to-back boundaries and the timing is excellent. The length is not all that bad, fractionally short of a good length but Munro just lifts his right leg up and plays a Nataraja pull shot through mid-wicket! NZ 13/1 in 3 overs vs IND

07.38 IST: OUT! Shami strikes! Mohammed Shami removes Martin Guptill for 5. Becomes the fastest to 100 ODI wickets for India. Sets up Guptill perfectly. Inswing, outswing and now another ball moving away. On a good length around off. Moves away a tad. Martin looks to play it on the off side but gets a faint edge and onto the stumps. The lights flash and India are up in celebration. Martin Guptill is a huge wicket. Shami goes past Irfan Pathan to fastest Indian to 100 wickets who took it in 59 games. This is Shami’s 56th ODI. New Zealand 5/1 in 2 overs vs India at McLean Park

07.32 IST: FOUR! Wonderful timing. Bhuvi drifts on the pads and the length is a bit too full. Guptill flicks it uppishly but wide of the fielder at short mid-wicket. In fact, it is through square leg and the ball races away. Fine leg has no chance. First runs of the match. NZ 4/0 in 0.3 overs vs IND

07.30 IST: The anthems are done and we are ready for the game to begin. Let us have a stat to start. This is India’s 1600TH INTERNATIONAL GAME – third most after Australia (1854) and England (1833). Out come the players. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are the openers for New Zealand. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start off with the first new ball. Guppy to face. Here we go…

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07.10 IST: TEAMS

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (C), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (C), MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami

07.08 IST: New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson, says that it looks a very good surface and usually stays the same throughout. Admits that India are usually a very good chasing side but he wants to focus on his own side’s strength. Informs that they are going in with one spinner with Mitchell Santner making a comeback. Adds further that the team combination is more due to balance. Wants to keep improving in all aspects but particularly stresses on the fielding part, which was not the best against the Lankans.

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07.02 IST: Kiwi captain Kane Williamson wins toss, opts to bat vs India in Napier.

06.56 IST: PITCH REPORT – Simon Doull says that Napier has not hosted an international game for more than 2 years. Feels that the grass has been rolled nicely and we should have plenty of runs. Expects at least 340 for the side batting first to win.

06.51 IST: Shikhar Dhawan needs 10 more runs to become the 13th Indian to reach the milestone of 5000 ODI runs.

06.45 IST: Hello and Welcome to our live cricket coverage of the first ODI between New Zealand and India from the beautiful McLean Park, Napier.

Brief Preview: On a high after a defining tour of Australia, the Virat Kohli-led Indian team faces a trickier challenge when it locks horns with an ever-so-sprightly New Zealand in a five-match ODI series starting on Wednesday (January 23) in Napier. The Indian team, which has shifted its focus entirely on World Cup preparations, is still searching for the right middle-order combination despite their first-ever bilateral ODI series win on Australian soil. Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s hat-trick of half-centuries has brought joy to the dressing room but the smaller grounds in New Zealand against a better seam attack comprising the wily Trent Boult, the talented Lockie Ferguson and the relentless Tim Southee will be a different test altogether for the ‘Men In Blue’.

New Zealand in their own backyard have always been a force to reckon with and the touring Indian teams over the years will testify that, having won only 10 out of the 35 ODIs, including a 0-4 drubbing during the last series in 2014. The first match at McLean Park, however, will be played in sultry conditions of around 30 degrees. (NZ vs IND – Read Full Preview 1st ODI)