NZ vs IND, 1st ODI: Best memes from the game

New Zealand won the contest by seven wickets and took a 1-0 lead in the series.

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New Zealand and India kicked off their three-match ODI series at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday, November 25. Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik made their ODI debut for India as the Shikhar Dhawan-led side was put to bat first after Kane Williamson won the toss. Indian batters did well but the hosts outplayed them and clinched a win in the first game.

Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill provided their side with a dream start as they shared a 124-run opening partnership, and bagged their respective half-centuries before the latter walked off the pavilion. Lockie Ferguson handed New Zealand the first breakthrough by dismissing Gill in the 24th over, and Dhawan followed him next as Tim Southee picked up his first wicket in the 25th over.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant then took the field and tried to rebuild the innings. The Kiwi bowlers kept the two batters on the edge and put them in a struggling situation. Iyer did most of the hitting, while Rishabh Pant gave away his wicket cheaply after scoring 15 runs off 23 balls. The in-form Suryakumar Yadav, who walked out to bat next, was dismissed on just the third ball that he faced as New Zealand bowlers put a halt to India’s hitting spree.

It was then the partnership between Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson that kept India’s scorecard ticking. The duo shared a composed 94-run stand for the fifth wicket and the former claimed his half-century in the process. Samson’s dismissal was a major breakthrough for New Zealand, but Washington Sundar’s heroics of a 16-ball 37*, in the end, helped India score 306/7.

Tom Latham and Kane Williamson put up a masterclass

New Zealand’s start to the chase was sluggish, but the batters were very careful with their shots. Finn Allen and Devon Conway opened the lineup for the hosts, but could not create an impact as the former had to find his way back in the eighth over. Conway, too, struggled to get going and ended up giving away his wicket to Umran Malik as the Indian speedster claimed his maiden ODI wicket on debut.

Daryl Mitchell and Blackcaps skipper Williamson tried to build a partnership, but the former fell prey to Malik’s speedy delivery and was caught by Deepak Hooda (substitute) at deep backward point. India players rejoiced the third wicket, but little did they know of the storm they had coming next in the form of Tom Latham.

Mitchell’s wicket was the last one that India celebrated as Williamson and Latham put up a masterclass. They shared an unbeaten 221-run stand for the fourth wicket and took their side to a brilliant seven-wicket win. While Williamson remained unbeaten for a 98-ball 94*, Latham was at his best and claimed a magnificent century, thereby remaining unbeaten at 145*(104) as New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the series.

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