India: 280/8 (50 overs) (Kohli 121, Karthik 37; Boult 4/35, Southee 3/73)
New Zealand: 284/4 (49 overs) (Latham 103*, Taylor 95; Pandya 1/46, Bumrah 1/56)
Result: New Zealand win by 6 wickets
Man of the match: Tom Latham
When the home team India put up a total of 280, largely thanks to their captain fantastic Virat Kohli’s sensational innings of 121, New Zealand knew they had to make history. In a very humid condition in the famous Wankhede stadioum, that is exactly what the visitors did as they won the first of three ODI matches between the two by 6 wickets. The Kiwis must thank batsman Tom Latham & Ross Taylor for their astonishing partnership of exactly 200 runs which propelled New Zealand to set the record of the biggest chase in this stadium. This is the first time since 2013 that India has lost at home despite batting first. The ‘double century’ partnership by the pair was New Zealand’s highest ever against India.
On a humid day, Indian skipper Kohli won the toss and didn’t hesitate to bat first. But India were in a spot of bother early on when reunited opening partners Rohit Sharma & Shikhar Dhawan were bamboozled by the swing of Kiwi pacer Trent Boult. Jadhav was dismissed for just 12 by spinner Mitchell Santner. With India reeling at 71 for 3, out came veteran Dinesh Karthik. He took charge of the team with Kohli. The pair put on 73 together before Karthik was dismissed by Tim Southee. MS Dhoni, Hardik Pamdya both tried to chip in but couldn’t offer much resistance against the pace & swing of Boult-Southee. But Kolhi wasn’t to be denied. He took full advantage of being dropped at 29 and two edges going away at 88 and 96 respectively. Kohli celebrated the occasion of his 200th ODI match with his 31st century in the 45th over. A cameo of 26 off just 15 balls by Bhuvneshwar Kumar took the score to 280.
In reply, New Zealand did start well with openers Colin Munro & Martin Guptill almost putting on a 50-run stand. Munro was dismissed by Jaspreet Bumrah. With reliable batsman Kane Williamson & Guptill both perishing before the score even reached three figures, New Zealand was now in a spot of bother. But once Latham & Taylor settled in, there was no coming back for India. The 200-run stand threw India off the match. Taylor fell agonizingly short of hise century when he was dismissed by Bhuvneshwar on 95. But Latham completed his century off the same bowler. Tail ender Henry Nicholls hit a boundary to secure the win for the Kiwis. Unsurprisingly, Latham was adjudged to be the man of the match. The next two ODIs will take place on 25th & 29th October respectively.