About the Match
The Kiwis bowled out India to register a win in the first ODI on Sunday by defeating them by 24 runs in a thrilling contest. Leading 1-0 in the 5-match one-day series, the hosts executed their strategy against the Indian openers to perfection and while Virat Kohli stood up to the Kiwi speedsters bravely and posted a brilliant 123 runs, the rest of the team buckled under pressure and were all out in the 49th over. The Kiwi bowling spearheaded by McClenaghan, who claimed 4 wickets, suffocated the visiting team and exposed their weaknesses; the upcoming match also will be a tough nut to crack for the Indians unless they change their approach to handling the Kiwi attack.
McClenaghan turned the match in his team’s favour as he struck in the 43rd over to dismiss Dhoni and Jadeja and claimed Kohli’s wicket in the very next over; finishing with 4-68, he was the most successful bowler for the Kiwis along with Anderson who took 2 important wickets to topple the Indian top order. Put to bat first, the openers were shocked by Shami’s spell and the team tottered at 32-2; but Williamson and Taylor posted a 121 run partnership to steady the innings and later Anderson gave an all-round performance by scoring an unbeaten 68 runs to get the total to 292 runs. While there was a stage when the visitors looked comfortable to reach the target, the bowlers put up a stupendous attack to stifle the opponents and take the match away from them. The middle order is very strong and the team has all-rounders who can deliver results when required; this victory against India comes after seven ODIs and the players will be charged up once again dominate the Indians in the 2nd ODI match.
Kohli’s efforts went in vain as he saw his team-mates fall against the Kiwi pace without any fight; while Rohit Sharma once again played recklessly, Shikhar Dhwan who looked confident lost his patience while on 32. With a lot expected from Rahane and Suresh Raina, India only faced more disappointment at their lack of experience and they struggled at 129-4. Then came Dhoni, who partnered with Kohli to post a 95-run stand for the 5th wicket but after their dismissal, the lower order could hardly rise to the occasion. Earlier, Mohammad Shami was the only bowler to make a serious dent on the Kiwi batsmen and he finished with 4 wickets; the spinners couldn’t pose a threat to the hosts but the bowlers successfully restricted the opponents in the death overs. Dhoni’s decision to play only 2 fast bowlers may come back to haunt him here and if the likes of Ashwin and Jadeja fail to get wickets again, this might be a lost plot for the Indians. The young batsmen need to take their responsibilities seriously and perform better in these conditions.
The Indians may be heartbroken after the loss but they need to learn that victory doesn’t come easily, especially against the Kiwis in their own backyard. The visitors need to step up and fight harder and while they will be eager to avenge their defeat, the Indians with their deep batting lineup helped by absence of Adam Milne look good to win this game and make a comeback into the series.
India, 1.66 @ Bet365
Indian batting stuttered against short and pacey stuff delivered by Kiwi bowlers. Barring Virat Kohli, no one was able to stand tall against them. Virat Kohli has been brilliant over the past few months and has been one of the top Indian batsmen. With Kohli and form and others out of form, I wouldn’t be surprised if he is the leading run scorer for India in the coming game.
Top runscorer for India:
Virat Kohli, 3.50 @ Titan Bet