NZ vs IND, 1st ODI: Tom Latham and Kane Williamson contributed to New Zealand’s 7-wicket victory over India in the first of three ODIs at Eden Park in Auckland, propelling them up the ICC Cricket World Cup standings. New Zealand moved up two spots in the standings from sixth to fourth thanks to its 10 CWCSL points.
They are currently tied with Australia for 120 points, but their net run rate is slightly lower than that of their neighbors. Daryl Mitchell lost his wicket to debutant Umran Malik at the end of the 20th over, leaving New Zealand at 88/3. But when captain Kane Williamson, who was holding one end, was joined by Tom Latham, the two of them started putting pressure back on Indian bowlers.
Latham struck a 76-ball century and scored 145* with 19 fours and 5 sixes, proving that Shikhar Dhawan and co.’s decision to use only five main bowlers was a mistake. The Kiwis, on the other hand, won with 17 balls to spare thanks to Kane Williamson’s 94*, which included 7 fours and 1 six. For his 145*, Latham was named Player of the Match.Latham and Williamson’s 221* run stand for the fourth wicket was the highest for that position in an ODI match between New Zealand and India. Additionally, this was only the second time New Zealand had defeated India by more than 300 runs in an ODI.They chased 348 runs in Hamilton in 2020, the first time.
India had given ODI presentations to Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh and Umran sparkled with the ball, picking 2/66 in his 10 overs, while the left-armer Arshdeep went wicketless.
After winning the toss and choosing to bowl, Williamson batted first, and Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill added 124 runs for the first wicket. Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, shot 80, and Washington Sundar finished with 37* in 16 balls. Lockie Ferguson and Tim Southee each took three wickets.