Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli help India seal easy victory over New Zealand
Opener Tom Latham was the only saving grace for otherwise disappointing black caps batting performance
India registered an easy six-wicket victory over New Zealand in the first one-day international in Dharamsala on Sunday thanks to debutant Hardik Pandaya's match winning performance.
Having been sent out to bat first, the New Zealand batting line struggled from the get go. India's fast bowling pair of Pandya and Umesh Yadav landed early blows at the New Zealand who were reduced to 65 for 7 at one stage. Opener Tom Latham was
Opener Tom Latham was the only saving grace for otherwise disappointing black caps batting performance. Latham scored an unbeaten 79 to help New Zealand post a respectable total of 190 runs.
In reply, India got off to a fast start thanks to a 49 run opening partnership between Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane. However, both fell in quick succession. Manish Pandey also could not stick around for long and was dismissed for 17 runs.
This brought Virat Kohli to the crease who smashed an unbeaten 85 runs to take India home. Kohli 50 came in just 40 balls to give India the lead in the 5-match ODI series.