Dharamsala ODI: Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya Help India Beat New Zealand By Six Wickets
Virat Kohli held centrestage with a delightful unbeaten 85 as India cruised to an easy six-wicket victory over New Zealand, taking a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series, in Dharamsala on Sunday. Earlier, Hardik Pandya's 3/31 restricted the visitors to 190
Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl first on a green Dharamsala pitch. (Images Credit: BCCI)
Hardik Pandya, who has represented India in T20s before, got his ODI cap from legendary Kapil Dev.
Pandya made the most of this opportunity as he got rid of the dangerous Martin Guptill in the second over of the New Zealand's innings.
Umesh Yadav joined the party and removed skipper Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor in quick succession.
Tom Latham looked utterly at ease at the crease and continued to pile on the runs.
But soon Pandya sent back Corey Anderson and Luke Ronchi to leave the visitors reeling at 48/5.
Kedar Jadhav, given the ball for the first time in his ODI career, took the wickets of James Neesham and Mitchell Santner in the 19th over and it seemed like New Zealand's innings wouldn't last too long.
Latham and Tim Southee then revived the innings as they stitched together a 71-run stand to help New Zealand get past 150. Both also brought up their fifties in the process.
But Amit Mishra struck twice in a span of two overs as New Zealand's innings folded for 190.
In reply, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya played shots all around the park and got India off to a solid start.
Doug Bracewell gave Kiwis the first breakthrough as he removed Rohit for 14.
When Rahane was dismissed by Neesham, Virat Kohli led India's chase as he does so often and displayed some brilliant hitting.
He shared a 60-run stand with Dhoni and also reached his 37th ODI fifty.
Kohli then smashed a six off Ish Sodhi as India defeated New Zealand by six wickets to take 1-0 lead in the five-match series. The second game will be held in Delhi on October 20.