India entered the first ODI against New Zealand as favorites and the result was just a reestablishment of the fact. The world No. 2 aced the New Zealand exam as they clinched a comfortable 8-wicket win against the hosts. India’s newest and overall fastest entry into the 100-wicket club, Mohammad Shami was adjudged the Man of the Match. India now lead the five-match ODI by a 1-0 margin.

Shami’s accuracy with the new ball

India’s highest wicket-taker in the 2015 World Cup, Mohammad Shami is back in form right before the World Cup 2019. With the early wicket of Martin Guptill he entered into the 100 wicket club in ODIs, becoming the fastest Indian(56 matches) to do so. In his 2nd over, he dismissed New Zealand’s second opener, Colin Munro, as well.

Kuldeep-Chahal exploit New Zealand’s middle-order woes

The Indian spin duo successfully exposed New Zealand’s weak middle-order during Napier ODI. Kuldeep took the key wicket of Kane Williamson who scored 64 runs in New Zealand’s total of 157. Chahal took care of Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, who are otherwise considered to be good players of spin.

Milestones reached

Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 75 yesterday in the 1st ODI. Shami’s 3 for 19 fetched him the Man of the Match award. While Dhawan reached the milestone of 5000 ODI runs, Mohammad Shami became the fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets. The previous best was Irfan Pathan’s record of 59 matches. Shami thus broke a 15-year-old record.

Sun stopped play

Sun-strike at the McLean Park on Wednesday. Photo: AFP

New Zealand were bowled out by the end of 38 overs. The chase had started off almost immediately before Dinner. After coming back from the Dinner break, Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Doug Bracewell. In the same over, Shikhar Dhawan complained about the sunlight falling directly into his eyes causing irritation. The umpires suspended play stating it was unsafe for the players. Apparently, it’s a common case at the McLean Park where such incidents have happened before.


How Dhoni orchestrated Boult’s wicket

Kuldeep Yadav eased his way through the New Zealand tail. The hosts were 9 wickets down and Boult was on strike when MS Dhoni ideated a way to get Boult.

“He will defend eyes closed, you can go round the wicket and bowl the other one,”

called MS Dhoni. Kuldeep bowling round the wicket bowled a googly as Trent Boult sought the gloomiest defense. The ball moved away from him and caught an outside edge off Boult’s bat. Kuldeep’s reaction to this was amusing.

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