Ross Taylor and Tom Latham put up a double century partnership to give New Zealand a lead in the series against India. The hosts put up a decent score of 280 after batting first but the visitors chased down successfully.
New Zealand 284 for 4 (Latham 103*, Taylor 95, Pandya 1-46) beat India 280 for 8 (Kohli 121, Boult 4-35) by 6 wickets
India were in trouble at the start of their innings as Kiwi ace Trent Boult was on fire in the sapping heat of Mumbai. Rohit Sharma again fell to Boult as his stumps went for a walk, so was Dhawan who was caught in Bolt’s bowling. Kohli and Karthik rescued India’s inning and the Indian skipper went on to score his 31st hundred in his 200th ODI, with a fair share of luck. Karthik made a return to Indian squad after some seven years and he partnered Kohli well before falling on 37.
At the end India managed 280 after a late Bhuvneshwar Kumar flurry with the bat. Boult was the pick of blackcaps bowlers as his figures showed 4 for 35. Southee also got three for but he was a lot expensive.
In reply, Kiwis started in a solid fashion. Both the openers survived the early storm and started to build the innings. Munro fell to Bhuvneshwar eventually in the 10th over and that led to a couple of more quick wickets as Williamson fell to Kuldeep Yadav and Pandya picked up a set Guptill. Just when it was looking that Kiwis will fell apart now, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham held their innings. Both of them countered the spinners extremely well. Latham said a few days earlier that they were working hard to counter the spin, they executed it perfectly. Both Indian spinners were nullified by the Kiwi pair and they went on to take the visitors home.
Ross Taylor though fell short of his hundred and got out to Bhuvneshwar Kumar when the scores were level. Nicholls finished the inevitable as New Zealand have taken a lead in the series.
“The knock was satisfying,” “Purely because New Zealand put us under pressure early on. We thought 275 was a good total. But Ross and Tom were fantastic. Didn’t give us any chances, apart from a run-out here or there. ”
Conditions are completely different than back home. Whatever suits the team. At the moment, its No. 5, it’s up for grabs and it was nice to contribute today. Something I had been working on, just didn’t have the confidence to play the reverse sweep so early in the game. The biggest thing in a partnership is communication, we were talking every over, hats off to him, playing such a great innings. He was a calming influence on me.”