1st ODI India vs New Zealand: Kiwi lower order batsman showed a bizarre technique to counter the Yuzvendra Chahal threat during the 1st ODI at Napier. Boult, knowing very well that his team needs him to stick around was countering Chahal in a strange manner. He was looking to step down the track on occasions and while he saw the ball was pitched outside the off stump, he was ready to bend down and leave to MS Dhoni’s gloves. Once, he even stepped down the track only to realise it was pitched much ahead of him and in a motion to adjust he went back strangely to defend it somehow. All this baffled MS Dhoni who was behind the stumps and Chahal the bowler.
Here the strange technique displayed by Boult to counter Chahal:
Meanwhile, Chahal combined well with Kuldeep Yadav to pick six wickets among them and bundle out the hosts for a paltry 157.
Meanwhile, India once again produced an all-round clinical effort in the white-ball format that has been synonymous in the recent past with the men in blue. In their first outing, Virat Kohli’s men crush New Zealand before a bizarre and unprecedented sun-induced interruption overshadowed the on-field action on Wednesday. Entering the five-match rubber following maiden Test and ODI series triumphs in Australia, Team India signalled their intent with a clinical display, which saw them chase down a revised target of 156 by eights wickets in 34.5 overs.
The Duckworth-Lewis method came into the picture for an interruption which was not caused by rain for the first time. On a near-perfect day, the only thing that didn’t go their way was the toss. But India made light of that by bowling out the home team for a paltry 157 in 38 overs. Wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful bowler, returning figures of 4/39 in 10 overs, while seamer Mohammed Shami finished with an excellent 3/19 in six overs. There were also two wickets for leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.