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India have made a confident start to their chase of 191 against New Zealand, as they reached 44 for no loss after 7 overs in the first One-Day International (ODI) at Dharamsala on Sunday. After bowling out New Zealand for a paltry 190 in the first innings from 43.5 overs, the Indians have had no hiccups in their chase so far on a green-top wicket at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Ground in Dharamsala. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane began India s reply on a very positive note, smashing boundaries and sixes at ease and letting the Kiwis know that they are the ones in command. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI at Dharamsala

Rahane has struck 2 sixes and 4 boundaries to reach 32 not out, and on the other hand, Rohit has clobbered 1 six and 1 four to score 11 not out as India continued to damage the Kiwis further into their series. India s chase began with a boundary that came off Rohit s edge, but that was as nearest as the Kiwis could go in order to make a breakthrough. Rohit has been India s demolition man in ODI cricket, but Rahane has shown a lot of aggression early on, pulling two short balls for sixes and cracking boundaries around the park with ease. FULL CRICKET UPDATES AND BLOG: India Vs New Zealand, 1st ODI at Dharamsala

Earlier, New Zealand were bowled out for 190 in 43.5 overs with Tom Latham scoring 79 not out and Tim Southee smashing his first-ever half-century in ODI cricket. They added 71 runs for the ninth wicket, which not only took New Zealand past the 150-run mark but also threatened to spoil India s party after the hosts had the visitors reeling at 65 for 7 at one stage.