Virat Kohli played a solid knock worth 123. It came off just 111 deliveries but it was not enough to take India past hosts New Zealand in the first of five ODI matches, at Napier. Here are the highlights...
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India won the toss and chose to field first, a decision that pleased even Kiwi skipper Brendon McCullum who said he would have batted first anyway.
Mohammad Shami (right) gave India a solid start when he removed opener Jesse Ryder.
Ryder scored 18 off 16 but had to walk back in only the fourth over.
Fellow opener Martin Guptill too fell to Shami in the eight over.
Kane Williamson however attempted to stage a fight back. He hit 71 off 88 to put Kiwis back on track.
Williamson had solid support from Ross Taylor who hit 55 off 82 before becoming Shami's third victim.
It was Corey Anderson who was responsible for powering Kiwi innings.
His unbeaten knock of 68 off 40 took his side to 292/7.
In reply, India's start was unfortunate as well.
Rohit Sharma played 23 deliveries for his 3 before surrendering to Mitchell McClenaghan.
Shikhar Dhawan at the other end looked set for a good knock. He batted sensibly with just the right amount of aggression.
Virat Kohli joined Dhawan and soon took the lead. He helped himself to a half century off just 59 deliveries.
Kohli's troubles were all set to compound when he lost Dhawan (32) at the other end. This was followed by the wickets of Ajinkya Rahane(7) and Suresh Raina (18).
It was skipper MS Dhoni who provided Kohli with the support needed.
The Indian skipper slammed 40 off 46.
Kohli at the other end shifted gears as well, racing to his 18th ODI century off 93 deliveries. Just when it looked like he would take the match away from the Kiwis though, he was removed by McClenaghan.
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