It was a brilliant piece of work inside the circle by India captain Virat Kohli who effected a run out to bring an end to New Zealand opener Henry Nicholls’ 78 off 82 balls during the first ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Wednesday. Also Read - IPL 2021 | To Have Captain Virat Kohli at Other End Makes Job Little Easier: RCB's Glenn Maxwell
In the 29th over of the match, Ross Taylor dropped the ball and took off for a run, Nicholls responded. Kohli, who was at covers, ran in aggressively towards the ball and then with a flashy dive, he hit the bullseye. The key to the runout by Kohli was that he went underarm as opposed to a conventional throw which would have allowed Nicholls moe time to get back in. Also Read - Rohit bats for Conservation of Rhinos
Replays showed that Nicholls was short of his ground and had to depart and that brought an end to a 62-run-stand which was looking dangerous from an Indian point of view. Also Read - AB de Villiers Versatility Unnerves Opposition: Kohli
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Earlier in the day, India’s new No. 4 Shreyas Iyer continued his good run with the bat as he slammed his maiden ODI ton to help the visitors set a mammoth 348-run target for NZ in the first ODI. KL Rahul also scored a breathtaking 64-ball 88* as Kohli hit a fifty before being bamboozled by Ish Sodhi’s googly.
Iyer, who had scored six half-centuries before this innings, looked determined right from the start and once he got into the groove, he made sure he converted it into a big one and contribute for the team, who have been marred with injuries.
After being put in to bat, debutants Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal provided India with a steady start. They initially faced some tough time but managed to get through that and stitched a 50-run stand.
At the time of filing the copy, NZ was 189 for three in 32.4 overs. New Zealand needs 159 runs off 104 balls.