Indian bowlers set up win against New Zealand
Indian cricketers celebrate with Hardik Pandya after he dismissed New Zealand's Martin Guptil during the first one day international match. Photograph: (AFP)
Indian pacers led by debutante Hardik Pandya and Umesh Yadav snared five top-order New Zealand wickets between themselves to set up the game for their batsmen in the first one day international of the series.
India, needing 191 to win the match, rode on Virat Kohli's 85 and a quickfire 33 from Ajinkya Rahane to chase down the total comfortably in the 32nd over.
Winning the toss and choosing to bowl, India reduced New Zealand to 75 for six before opener Tom Latham and lower-order batsman Tim Southee forged a battling 71-run partnership to give their team a semblance of a chance.
Opener Latham, 79 not out, was the star for the visitors as he became just the tenth man to carry his bat in an ODI innings.
When India began their chase, barring Rohit Sharma dismissal early on, the result never seemed to be in doubt as Rahane and Kohli motored along.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who was back leading India's ODI team, also looked good in his knock of 21 before he was run out due to a misunderstanding with Kohli.
India lead the five-match series 1-0 with the next game in Delhi on October 20.
(WION with inputs from AFP)