Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson with the series trophy. Picture: Getty Images/22113016
It’s been a soaking wet start to the New Zealand summer and mirroring India’s 1-0 victory in the rain affected T20 series the Black Caps came up trumps in the ODI series winning it 1-0. Cricket analyst Rahul Patil back from a five-week tour of Australia and New Zealand reports.
Zealand vs India - 1st ODI - New Zealand won the toss and elected to field
306 for 7 in 50 overs (Dhawan 72, Gill 50, Iyer 80, Ferguson 3/59) lost to New
Zealand 309 for 3 in 47.1 overs (Williamson 94*, Latham 145*, Umran Malik 2/66)
by 7 wickets with 17 balls remaining.
India’s inability to score quickly in the
power play has come under scrutiny for a while now. We saw more of the same in
this game. Openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill took their time in getting
to 40 in the first 10 overs. A flat wicket and a small ground definitely
demanded more aggression. Just when it looked like they were stepping on the
accelerator they both fell in quick succession and the innings once again got
stuck in rut. Rishab Pant looked rusty and Suryakumar Yadav had a rare failure.
Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson consolidated but it only came at the cost of the
runs drying up. It was only due to a cameo by Washington Sundar (37 of 16) that
India managed to reach 306 which everyone thought was well below par for the
An inspired opening spell by Shardul
Thakur (5-1-14-1) and a couple of wickets by the debutant Umran Malik meant
that New Zealand were in a spot of bother at 88 for 3 in the 20th over still
requiring 219 to win in 181 balls. The experienced pair of captain Kane
Williamson and Tom Latham then took the reins of the run chase in their own
hands and stitched together an unbroken 221 run partnership to take the Black Caps
to victory by seven wickets with 17 balls remaining.
It was ODI batting of the highest calibre.
Consolidation, soaking up all the pressure, running hard between wickets,
putting the loose ball away to the boundary, changing gears at the right time
and then getting home with a flourish.
Tom Latham in particular was spectacular.
He loves playing against India and has produced this kind of innings against
them in the past as well. When he came in to bat, Williamson was on 29. At the
end Latham was 145 not out and Williamson was unbeaten on 94. The fact that
Latham turned a 29-run deficit into a 51-run lead over his partner tells us of
his domination in the partnership. When he is set he hits good balls to the
boundary making it very difficult to bowl to him. The fact that he also keeps
wickets for 50 overs shows his level of fitness. He is reaping the rewards of
playing first class cricket and having runs under his belt.
Zealand vs India - 2nd ODI - New Zealand won the toss and elected to field
89 for 1 in 12.5 overs (Gill 45*, Suryakumar 34*, Henry 1/20) vs New Zealand.
No result due to rain.
Persistent rain in Hamilton turned a
possible exciting encounter into a damp squib. Asked to bat first India were 22
for no loss in 4.5 overs when the rain first arrived. The match resumed a few
hours later with the number of overs per side reduced to 29. India showed the
necessary urgency by promoting Suryakumar Yadav to number three and he and Gill
played some attractive strokes to take India to 89 for 1 in 12.5 overs. But the
rain returned and the game had to be called off. Yet another game of cricket
lost to the weather, yet another crowd of fans disappointed.
Zealand vs India - 3rd ODI - New Zealand won the toss and elected to field
219 all out in 47.3 overs (Iyer 49, Washington 51, Darryl Mitchell 3/25, Milne
3/57, Southee 2/36) vs New Zealand 104 for 1 in 18 overs (Finn Allen 57, Conway
38*, Malik 1/21) No result due to rain.
Another day, another city and another game
of cricket washed out by the rain. This one will really hurt New Zealand as all
they required was two more overs to be bowled and they would have won the match
via Duckworth Lewis calculations. Still by virtue of their win in the 1st ODI
they picked up the series win to enhance their position as the number one
ranked ODI team in the world.
Asked to bat first on a greenish
Christchurch wicket all the India batters struggled. Every single one of them
got a start but failed to convert it into a meaningful contribution. Once again
Washington Sundar singlehandedly took India from a position of despair to a
respectable but well below par 219.
New Zealand began the run chase in style
with Finn Allen and Devon Conway putting on 97 for the first wicket. They
looked on course to register a comfortable victory when the heavens opened up
and literally poured water over their plans. When the match was stopped due to
rain, 18 overs had been bowled and New Zealand were well ahead on Duckworth
Lewis calculations. For a result to be counted a minimum of 20 overs have to be
bowled by each side. New Zealand missed out on a win by two overs.
It’s been a bit of a nothing series. India
won the T20 series 1-0. New Zealand won the ODI series 1-0 and rain affected five
of the six games played across both series.