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After sealing the Test series by 3-0, Team India has now locked horns with New Zealand in ODIs by playing the first one at Dharamsala. This ODI was quite a historic one for India because it was their 900th match in this format and the first team to play this much games. Bowling first, Indian bowlers run through the Kiwi side by sending their half of the team back to the pavilion at the score of 48. Debutant Hardik Pandya did an excellent job with the ball by taking three wickets in his first ODI. After that, New Zealand somehow crossed 100-run mark by losing eight wickets.

From there on, opener Tom Latham and Tim Southee added 71 runs for ninth-wicket but couldn t take their side to a 200 mark as they were bowled out for 190. In return, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane began the chase the way it was expected by adding 49 runs for first wicket partnership. After the fall of Rohit Sharma, Kohli came into the act but soon India lost another opener in the form of Rahane. For a while, Manish Pandey and captain MS Dhoni also partnered Kohli but later, both got out. In the end, Kohli ended the match in Dhoni s style by hitting a six and remained unbeaten after scoring 85 from just 81 deliveries. On this historic match for India, Abhishek Kumar digs out some interesting statistical highlights.

Pandya got his ODI cap from former Indian captain Kapil Dev, who made his international debut on the same day in 1978. He becomes 215th ODI player for India. Overall, this is the third most number players to represent a single team after England (244 players) and Australia (216 players).

Pandya s bowling figure of three for 31 on his ODI debut is the fourth best by an Indian bowler. Other three Indian bowlers with better bowling figures on ODI debut are Noel David for three for 21 in 1997 against West Indies, Varun Aaron for three for 24 in 2011 against England and Subroto Banerjee for three for 30 in 1991 against West Indies.

Fun fact: Pandya has never taken three wickets in a List A match and he did that on his ODI debut.

Pandya becomes fourth Indian cricketer to receive Man of the Match (MOM) on ODI debut. Other three Indian cricketers to receive MOM on ODI debut are Sandeep Patil in 1980, Mohit Sharma in 2013 and KL Rahul in 2016. Overall, Pandya becomes the 66th player to receive MOM award on ODI debut.

A 71-run stand between Latham and Southee for the ninth wicket in ODIs is third highest against India. The record of highest partnership for the ninth wicket against India is held by James Faulkner and Clint McKay for 115 runs in 2013 and second highest is held by Kyle Mills and Southee for 83 runs in 2009.

55 runs scored by Tim Southee in this match at number 10 batting position. This is the third highest individual score by any player in ODIs against India while batting at number 10. Other two are Ravi Rampaul (86 not out in 2011) and Douglas Marillier (56 not out in 2002). Overall, Southee s 55-run knock is fifth highest at number 10 position in ODIs.

Total of 190 by New Zealand in this ODI is their fifth lowest against India in India. Their previous lowest total in India against India are 103 in 2010, 126 in 1995, 145 in 1995 and 182 in 1994.

India s victory by six wickets and 101 balls spare is the second biggest win by any team in India in terms of balls left and while chasing any target of above 190 in ODIs. Their biggest win in ODIs in this criteria also came against New Zealand in 1987 at Nagpur, where they won the match by nine wickets and 107 balls left.

Kohli surpasses Mohammad Azharuddin by scoring unbeaten 85-run knock. Kohli has now 4,493 runs while chasing in ODIs. This is the fourth most number of runs scored by an Indian batsman for India in ODIs while chasing. Other three are Sachin Tendulkar with 8,720 runs, Sourav Ganguly with 5,209 runs and Rahul Dravid with 4,566 runs.

Kohli is also the second highest run-scorer for India while chasing on the winning cause. With his 85-run knock in first ODI against New Zealand, he broke Ganguly s record of second most runs (3,289 runs) for India while chasing on winning cause. Tendulkar has scored most in this criterion with 5,490 runs to his name. Overall, Kohli is now at the seventh position in this criterion in ODIs.

Tom Latham becomes 10th opening batsman to carry his bat in an ODI. He is also the first batter from New Zealand to do this in ODIs. Other nine batsmen who have carried their bats in ODIs are Grant Flower in 1994, Saeed Anwar in 1995, Nick Knight in 1996, Ridley Jacobs in 1999, Damien Martyn in 2000, Herschelle Gibbs in 2000, Alec Stewart in 2000, Javed Omar in 2001 and Azhar Ali in 2012.

Latham s score of unbeaten 79 is the fifth highest by a Kiwi opener on a losing cause against India in ODIs. Other five openers in this criterion are Nathan Astle (108 in 2001, 97 in 1999 and 92 in 1997) and Jesse Ryder (105 in 2009).

The fifth instance of three New Zealand batsmen going out for a duck against India in ODIs. The record for most ducks by New Zealand players against India is of four, which came in first ODI of 2009 at Napier. Also, this is the second instance of three Kiwi batsmen going out for a duck against India in India. Previous such instance happened in fifth ODI at Chennai in 2010.

India becomes the first team to play 900 ODIs in the history of this sport. In terms of wins, India are at the third position despite playing most ODIs. From 900 ODIs, India have won 455 and are standing behind Pakistan (457 ODI wins) and Australia (547 ODI wins).

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with He can be followed at abhicricket.kumar and @abhik2593)