A lot has been built up for this mouth-watering competition and the first ODI between India and New Zealand has proved nothing wrong. Going in for his 200th ODI appearance, the Indian captain Virat Kohli had everything right but for the result.
Personally, the Indian captain will remember his bicentenary ODI match for a lot of records. The opening duo of Rohit and Dhawan fell cheaply and once again it was Virat Kohli making the compensation for it. The skipper came in the fourth over of the game and anchored the innings with his yet another masterly hundred. He also put up his 31st ODI century becoming the second maximum century scorer in ODIs just behind the Sachin Tendulkar. In the way, he also become the first Indian player to score a century in Wankhede in the past 20 years.The crowd went berserk when the exhausted Kohli and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar was dealing the death overs with boundaries raising the target to 281.
The Indian bowling unit was inexperienced without Ashwin and Jadeja, yet the young guns sent the top 3 of Kiwis back within the first 20 overs. Then came the deadly duo, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham. The right hand and left hand combination turned things for India’s hopes. The veteran player Ross Taylor was elemental in bringing in a well-constructed 200 run partnership with the young southpaw Tom Latham. Kohli was backing up his reserve Kedar Jadhav but the masterful innings of the Kiwi partnership was already close to the finish line before Kohli could sense it coming. This 200-run partnership is a gem of an innings for pacing a perfect chase in the Indian sub-continent conditions as the duo dealt the spin threats of Chahal and Kuldeep carefully calculating the due factor in the later part of the game.
Latham scored his well-deserved century with a single of Bhuvaneshwar and just the formalities were to follow for Taylor to hit his century and take down this historic successful chase. When Taylor slapped Bhuvanesh over extra-cover, Chahal caught a low catch sending the experienced war horse with just a shot away from scoring his first ODI century in India. For his mastl=erly knock, Latham was adjudged the Man of the Match.