India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Taylor, Latham help Kiwis secure their first win of India's tour
Despite the absence of regular skipper Kane Williamson, the Black Caps dominated the Indian bowling attack to make their biggest chase possible.
Shreyas Iyer's maiden 50-over hundred was eclipsed by Kiwi veteran Ross Taylor's assault on Indian bowlers as New Zealand held their nerves to chase down their biggest ever target for a four-wicket triumph in the first ODI on Wednesday.
Congratulations to the @BLACKCAPS on an exceptional run chase, their highest ever. @RossLTaylor was simply too good for the Indian bowlers today and Tom Latham supported him brilliantly. For India, Shreyas Iyer and Rahul's partnership was a delight to watch. #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/oeDzpV8sUO— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 5, 2020
Iyer showed just why he is considered the next big thing in Indian cricket by scoring 103 off 107 balls. But Taylor, with his unbeaten 109 off 84 balls, helped New Zealand overhaul the 348-run target in 48.1 overs for a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
With his 10 fours and four maximums, Taylor aggressively took on the much-vaunted Indian bowling attack. The visiting bowlers will, in fact, have quite a lot to ponder over after failing to defend the massive total.
This is as good a partnership as you can see in white ball cricket in the middle overs. Taylor and Latham have played with no opposition. India just haven't had the bowler to control this phase.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 5, 2020
This victory is a shot in the arm for the embattled side, which was whitewashed in the T20 series.
It was Taylor's 21st ODI hundred, while stand-in skipper Tom Latham scored 69 off 48 balls as their 138-run partnership drove the Black Caps' highest run-chase in one-day cricket.
Henry Nicholls also contributed 78 off 82 balls.
Earlier, Iyer's effort was complimented quite well by the in-form KL Rahul, who smacked 88 not out off only 64 balls. Skipper Virat Kohli also scored 51.
New Zealand got off to a great start with openers Martin Guptill (32) and Nicholls putting on 85.
Guptill was the first to go, and then debutant Tom Blundell (9) was stumped off Kuldeep Yadav (2-84) who was taken for runs throughout his spell.
New Zealand's revival began with the arrival of Taylor at the crease as he put on 62 runs for the third wicket with Nicholls.
Indian bowlers sent down 29 extras, made worse by poor fielding. The turning point came early when Yadav dropped Taylor (on 10 not out) in the 23rd over off Ravindra Jadeja (0-64).
India struggled to get the breakthrough and had to rely on Kohli's superb fielding to run out Nicholls in the 29th over.
Kohli runs out Nicholls in a superb display of fielding. A one handed pick up and flick. Henry Nicholls has to go for 78. Latham will join Taylor 39* in the 29th over with the score 171/3. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/4X8QVMuuLb #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/HylgoOL0aY— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) February 5, 2020
By that point, New Zealand had started accelerating and Taylor, along with Latham, took the Indian attack to the cleaners.