Another blazing century from Virat Kohli was not enough for India in their series-opening one-day clash against New Zealand, with a mammoth partnership from Tom Latham and Ross Taylor guiding the tourists to a six-wicket win.
India was fresh off a 4-1 ODI trouncing of Australia, but stumbled to 8/280 in Mumbai as Kohli – who carved 121 from 125 balls, including nine fours and two sixes – struggled to find support. Dinesh Karthik (37) was the next highest scorer, one of several batsmen to get a start but fail to kick on.
Playing in his 200th match, the ton was Kohli’s 31st in one-day internationals – 13 more than the great Sachin Tendulkar managed at that stage of his career, and lifting him to second on the all-time ODI centuries list behind his fellow Indian icon.
— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 22 October 2017
With ODI century No. 31, Virat Kohli moves past Ricky Ponting!
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) 22 October 2017
Trent Boult was the standout Kiwi bowler, removing dangerous openers Shikhar Dhawan (9) Rohit Sharma (20) inside the first six overs before finishing with 4/35, while Tim Southee was expensive but took the crucial wickets of Kohli and Karthik in his 3/73.
The Black Caps looked in a bit of trouble at 3/80 in the 18th over as Colin Munro (28), Kane Williamson (6) and Martin Guptill (32) departed, but Taylor (95 off 100 balls) and Tom Latham (103 off 102) produced a brilliant 200-run stand to turn the tables.
Taylor fell after New Zealand had drawn level with India’s total, before Henry Nicholls slapped a first-ball four to confirm victory with an over to spare.
— ICC (@ICC) 22 October 2017
The man-of-the-match knock from Latham, who also had the wicket-keeping responsibilities, was his fourth century in 59 appearances.
It also continued a hot streak in ODIs – Latham has plundered 54, 104, 84 and 103* in his last four matches. It’s a welcome return to form after recording six straight single-figure scores (including three ducks) during the 2016-17 home summer, while his retrenchment to the middle-order may become permanent after a long period as an opener.
Meanwhile, Latham and Taylor’s partnership is New Zealand’s biggest ever against India and their sixth-highest against all nations.
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The second India-New Zealand encounter is set down for Wednesday in Pune, where the Black Caps will look to wrap up the three-match series. The teams will then play three T20Is in the first week of November.