India carried their rhythm from the Tests and overpowered the Black Caps by six wickets at Dharamsala. Following is the Stats analysis from the first of the five match ODI series:
Virat Kohli notched up fifty-plus score in the match, marking his 32nd half-century while chasing in day-night One Day Internationals. As a result, he became the second highest star to achieve the feat. Sachin Tendulkar tops the chart after posting 34 half centuries from 107 innings. The Test skipper has racked up 3801 runs at an average of around 69 from 70 innings. Furthermore, Kohli records an average of 40.70 while chasing from day ODIs. He has posted fifty-plus tally six times from 22 matches.
The Blues were winless for five consecutive One Day Internationals against the Black Caps prior to this match. They suffered a 4-0 series loss in New Zealand with one match ending in a draw. However, this was India’s seventh straight ODI victory against the Kiwis at home. They have last endured a loss against them in Cuttack 13 years ago.
Tom Latham has become the first Black Caps star to carry his bat through an ODI innings. Overall he has become the tenth player to achieve the feat. This was also the youngster’s sixth 50-plus score and his first against India from his first match against them. Overall, Latham has smashed four half centuries from last seven innings.
Tim Southee became the second player in the history of cricket to post his maiden half century from his 100 the One Day International clash. The first person to achieve the feat was also a Black Caps star who grabbed the fifty against the same opponent seven years ago. Kyle Mills registered 54 against the Blues in Christchurch.
HardikPandya unleashed his deadly skills in his debut ODI match. He claimed three victims in the match and gave away only 31 runs, ultimately grabbing the Man of the match accolade on his debut. Only three more players from India have earned this award on their debut. Lokesh Rahul picked up the away recently after smashing his unbeaten century against Zimbabwe. Sandeep Patel and Mohit Sharma also stole the limelight on their debut matches.
New Zealand were reduced at 65 for 7 when the final three wickets accumulated 125 runs. Only six other occasions the team was standing at lower tally than 65 for 7 and posted 100 or more runs from the last three wickets.
Only at 6 other occasions the Black Caps posted a lower tally at seventh wicket than this. Their lowest ever with seven-wicket loss was 32 which came against Pakistan inn Sharjah 30 years ago. They were eventually crumbled at 64 in that match.
Amit Mishra became the fastest spinner to grab 50 ODI scalps after he achieved the feat in his 32nd match. Overall, three more Indian bowlers claimed the achievement quicker than Mishra. AjitAgarkal took 23 ODIs,MohamadShammi needed 29 whereas IrfanPathangrabbed 50 wickets from 31 matches. He outclassed Ravichandran Ashwin who completed the feat in 34 ODIs.