New Zealand defeated India by seven wickets in first ODI of three-match series . Tom Latham and Kane Williamson combined for a match-winning fourth-wicket partnership .
Auckland, New Zealand, on Friday, was swept by the Sunderland team of Tom Latham and Kane Williamson, who stitched a record fourth-wicket alliance to lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket victory over India at Eden Park in Auckland.After the Kiwi duo of Latham and Williamson hammered the Indian bowlers to share a 221-run stand, several records were broken in the first ODI of the three-match series.New Zealand made a joke of the chase, as the left-hander remained unbeaten on 145 runs while the Kiwi captain carried his bat through, scoring 94 runs.India's only positive result of the second innings was Umran Malik, who accounted for two Kiwi batters and was enthralled by his speed.India started with debutant Arshdeep Singh, who had seen a meteoric rise in cricket since debuting for India's T20 team.Despite his T20I heroics, the left-arm pacer struggled to reclaim control of his field, scoring 25 runs in his first three overs.Shardul Thakur, an all-rounder, drew first blood when he dismissed Allen after sticking to the fourth-stump line.The batter batted at the ball, and Pant behind the stumps tossed the inside edge. For the second wicket, the right-hander joined Conway to form a 33-run partnership.After hitting the initial boundaries, Conway was a little bit slow and his only stay, which was ended by debutant Umran Malik, was a tumult.In the 16th over, Malik scalped his first ODI wicket and reduced the Kiwi squad to 682 in 15.1 overs.India jumped ahead in the 20th over with a Srinagar-born speedster who put them in front. India seemed to be ahead of their Kiwi opponents, but Williamson and left-hander Tom Latham combined for a match-winning fourth-wicket partnership to see his team through.The duo swooped the inexperienced bowling attack through the park.Although Latham played the role of the aggressor, Williamson played second fiddle, kicking the scoreboard.Williamson scored his fifty in the 29th round after pulling pacer Shardul Thakur for a four, returning to form after the World Cup tragedy. With almost three overs to spare, the Kiwi team hit their target.On Friday, India defeated New Zealand by a daunting total of 3067 at Eden Park in Auckland thanks to a late flourish from Washington Sundar and solid batting performances from other batters.Top knocks from Shreyas, Shikhar Dhawan, and Shubhman Gill helped India reach the 300-run mark in the first ODI of the three-match series, where they batted in 96 runs from the last 10 overs.Tom Latham was named Player of the Year for his spectacular innings in helping his team win the tournament.