India vs New Zealand 2019 1st ODI Live cricket score: Kuldeep, Shami star in India’s nine-wicket win over New Zealand
Napier hosts an international game for the first time in two years.

14:15pm: So there we have it, folks. Not the kind of competitive match both teams would have hoped for but India would take it. An absolutely dominating display to mark their arrival in New Zealand, with an eight-wicket win. India were on top from the second over, when Mohammed Shami removed Martin Guptill and followed it with the wicket of Colin Munro in his next. There was a steady partnership of 34 runs between Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor but once the partnership was broken, it kept going from bad to worse for the hosts.

The New Zealand skipper did well to score 64 off 81 balls, but with wickets falling at other end, even the mighty Williamson had to succumb to pressure. Wristspinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal combined to pick six wickets and floor New Zealand for 157. It was never going to be a dodgy chase for India, and even though there was a bizarre stoppage in play due to excessive light, Dhawan guided the chase with an unbeaten 75. Top stuff from India and they will head into the second ODI high in morale.

14:08pm: And there’s the winning runs. Ambati Rayudu and Shikhar Dhawan scamper through for a single to give India an EIGHT-wicket win over New Zealand to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

14:03pm: We’re into the final 10 runs needed for victory. This has been a thorough and clinical performance from India, starting the series on the best note possible over a strong New Zealand team on their soil.

13:55pm: ICYMI…

13:43pm: WICKET! Well, against the run of play, India lose a wicket as captain Virat Kohli edges Lockie Ferguson to Tom Latham. Appeal for a caught behind and Kohli decides to walk back, misses his fifty by five runs. Close shave for new batsman Ambati Rayudu as he edges the first ball between the keeper and first slip. India now just 19 runs away from taking a 1-0 series lead.

13:20pm: A crunching boundary through the covers brings up the half-century for Shikhar Dhawan, off 69 balls. Wonderful effort from the left-hander. Kohli, meanwhile, survives a leg before shout. Initially given out, the Indian skipper reviewed and the ball seemed to be heading above the stumps. India on track at 116 for 1, chasing 156 for victory.

13:11pm: The 100 comes up for India; equation down to 53 off 168 balls. Dhawan two short of a fifty; Kohli moves to 34 off 41.

13:01pm: 18 overs gone and India are making it look extremely easy. They move to 91 for 1 after 18 overs with Dhawan on 43 and Kohli batting on 28. The DSL equation is 63 off 186 balls.

12:45pm: Short ball and Kohli swivels across to dispatch the ball towards mid wicket; follows it with another boundary, guiding the ball between point and third man. Consecutive fours from the Indian captain, takes the score to 74 for 1 in the 15th over.

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12:35pm: Dropped, and Dhawan survives after executing a pull that ended up being a top edge. But fortunately for the batsman, a running Tom Latham couldn’t get underneath it. It was a tough chance and Latham covered a lot of ground, and although he got his gloves on it, the ball popped out. Dhawan lives. India 54 for 1.

12:28pm: For the second time today, the players back after a break. The shadow has taken over the pitch and play has resumed. Right then, time to get the focus back to cricket after a bizarre stoppage in play. Also, the target has been revised to 156 from 49 overs.

12:24pm: The shade has taken over the pitch. As per reporters at the ground, play should resume in another 10 minutes. This occurrence is apparently not uncommon in Napier, the primary export sea port for north-eastern New Zealand. A domestic T20 match was held up last week on account of harsh sunlight owing to the time where the sun sets over the top of the stand McLean Park. Locally, this is termed a “sunstrike”.

During a Test match between England and West Indies in 1995, the umpire Dickie Bird famously called off play due to excessive sunlight. In more recent years, a T20 match in England between Kent Spitfires and Sussex Sharks was delayed by nearly 30 minutes on account of sunlight reflecting off a building and blinding the batsmen.

12:05pm: Below is what umpire Shaun Haig had to say about what’s just transpired in Napier.

“The setting sun is directly in the eyes of the batsmen. So we got to consider the safety of the players, umpires. So we have decided to suspend play until conditions improve. This is the first time in my 14 years I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game.”

12:00pm: So what is the solution? Well, apparently, they need to wait for the sun to go down for play to resume. Honestly, we are as puzzled as you.

11:52am: Well, the players are once again off the field. And the reason will certainly baffle you. The sun is too strong and it’s getting in the eyes of the batsmen. Simply put, the brightness of the sun is blinding the batsmen. Yes, even we aren’t sure how to put this but apparently, excessive light/Sun has stopped play. Never thought we’d be writing this. India 44/1 after 10 overs.

11:47am: We are back, ladies and gentlemen. And immediately following the break, New Zealand have struck, with Doug Bracewell getting the wicket of Rohit Sharma. Second ball of the 10th over and Rohit pushed at a delivery away from the body to give a catch to Martin Guptill at slips. India 43/1 in 10 overs.

11:03am: Another boundary off the bat of Shikhar Dhawan takes India to 41/0. Nine overs gone and with that, we have the dinner break. India need another 117 to win from 42 overs. Stay tuned; we will be back shortly.

10:57am: India move to 36 without loss after 8 overs. A couple of crunching drives from Dhawan off Southee to get India going. He has looked a much improved cricketer since being dropped from Tests. Dhawan got starts in almost all the limited-overs games in Australia but the big one was missing. Can he get one here? He’s looking in fine touch. New Zealand have gone to Lockie Ferguson to get them a breakthrough.

10:50am: FOUR! Rohit smashes Tim Southee over hie head and gets his first boundary. Dances down the wicket and gets enough bat to send the ball straight and past mid on. India 26/0 in seven overs. Meanwhile, in the same over, Shikhar Dhawan goes past 5000 ODI runs, becoming the second-fastest Indian batsmen to get to the milestone. Any guesses who the first one was?

10:40am: First boundary for India, and probably the most unconvinving one of the match. Dhawan went for aerial flick but a leading edge sent the ball heading towards the boundary at sweeper cover. India 10/0 in 4 overs.

10:37am: India 6 for no loss in three overs. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan content seeing off the new ball.

10:25am: A flick towards fine leg from Rohit Sharma and India are off the mark first ball. 2/0 after the first over.

10:22am: Since New Zealand were bowled out inside 40 overs, the second innings will resume right away and the 35-minute long supper break will have to wait. 

Hmmm!

10:17am: New Zealand bowled out for 157 in 38 overs. Kuldeep Yadav finishes with 4 for 39. A wrong one from the wristspinner and Trent Boult edges him to Rohit Sharma ar slips. A clinical, dominant performance this from India. Equal credit to Mohammed Shami who fired up top and returned figures of 3 for 19 from six overs himself. India need 158 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. Join us shortly for the chase.

10:08am: WICKET! Another one goes. New Zealand 148/9.  Blink and you’ll miss a wicket. Third wicket for Kuldeep as he gets Lockie Ferguson out stumped. Vintage Dhoni behind the stumps. Replays show that no part of Ferguson’s boot was behind the line. With that, New Zealand are NINE down and Kuldeep gets his third wicket inside two overs. New Zealand still have 14 overs left in the innings but surely they aren’t going to last long.

10:03am: DROPPED! A regulation chance put down by Shikhar Dhawanm, running in from mid wicket. That was an extremely easy catch that gets taken 11 out of 10 times. No slapping of this legs this time, Shikhar.

9:56am: TWO WICKETS in an over for Kuldeep! New Zealand reeling at 146 for 8. It includes the big one of Kane Williamson, who fails to connect a loft and is caught at long on. Four balls later, Dog Bracewell departs to give Kuldeep his second wicket, who fails to pick the wrong one and chopped on. It’s all going downhill for New Zealand.

9:50am: 32 overs gone and New Zealand have reached 140 for 6. At the current rate of 4.36, New Zealand will get 218. Kane Williamson continues to bat solidly amind a flurry of wickets. The only steady partnership for New Zealand was between Williamson and Taylor – worth 34 runs. Since that stand was snapped, the next three wickets did get starts but none could convert into anything substantial to bail New Zealand out of trouble.

9:39am: WICKET! New Zealand lose thier sixth wicket for 133. Mohammed Shami, into a fresh, spell picks up his third wicket. Comes round the wicket and Santner, shuffles a little too much and missed putting bat to ball, making it look plumb. The umpire raises the finger. Santner, after a brief discussion with Williamson, refises to go for the review. India on top.

9:22am: FIFTY for Kane Williamson. His sixth straight half-century against India at home. Remember, he scored half-centuries in all the five games during the tour of 2014. But this one is slightly more challenging considering New Zealand are FIVE down for not much. Mitchell Santner, meanwhile, has slog swept Kuldeep over mid-on for a maximum.

9:17am: WICKET! Henry Nicholls goes. New Zealand have lost half their side for 107. First wicket for Jadhav, but it was more of Kuldeep Yadav’s wicket. Stunning effort from him in the field. Down the wicket goes Nicholls and a ninja-like Kuldeep flies to his right and plucks one out of thin air. Kuldeep isn’t known much for his athleticism but time he’s pulled off a stunner. Tremendous effort.

9:06am: Three boundaries in a row for New Zealand. Kane Williamson takes Chahal for back-t0-back fours at almost indentical, followed by Henry Nicholls cutting Kedar Jadhav for a boundary off his first ball. The 100 comes up for New Zealand in 22.5 overs.

8:57am: WICKET! New Zealand in trouble at 76 for 4. Another caught and bowled for Yuzvendra Chahal. Tom Latham the man dismissed this time. Two balls earlier, Latham had swivelled Chahal for a boundary towards deep mid wicket. The legspinner gets his revenge by speeding this one through. Latham comes out and almost checks his shot at the last moment to hit the ball back to the bowler. He gets down and completes a return catch. The umpires went upstairs with the Soft Signal of out and the decision stays.

Alright then!

8:44am: DROPPED! Oh dear. Is that a chance? Sure seems so. It’s Kedar Jadhav, who puts down Williamson at deep fine leg. Shankar drifts one down the New Zealand’s skipper’s legs and Williamson pulled it in the air. Jadhav though, fails to get under it despite putting in the dive. Virat Kohli is livid. And rightly so. India’s fielding as been a bit off today. It was so much better in Australia.

8:37am: Wicket! Yuzvendra Chahal… you can’t keep him away from wickets. Coming off a six-wicket-haul in the previous game against Australia, the legspinner strikes in his third over as he foxes Ross Taylor with a loopy delivery; gives the ball some air to lure Taylor to step out of his crease. But the ball just stops a bit and Taylor, already on to his shot, hits it back to the Chahal, who dices to hold on to a spectacular catch. New Zealand lose their third wicket for 52. This pair was beginning to look good with a steady stand of 34.

8:30am: FIFTY up for New Zealand. Short and wide and Ross Taylor will put them away throughout the day. First real loose delivery from Shankar and the kind of form Taylor is in, he will not miss those. Williamson follows it with a superb punch off the backfoot. Tremendous timing, and with that New Zealand cross 50. It’s been a good recovery attempt after New Zealand had lost their openers early. Williamson and Taylor have done a good job to steady the innings.

8:20am: Vijay Shankar and Yuzvendra Chahal, the first two bowling changes for India. The medium-pacer has begun well, giving away just three runs in his first two overs.

8:10am: Taylor is away. Couple of fours gets him going. One off Shami – typical Taylor hoick over midwicket. And the next off Bhuvneshwar; a half-volley over taking him over the infield. New Zealand 34/2 in 10 overs.

8:03am: India applying pressure. New Zealand’s two most reliable batsmen – Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson – have walked out earlier than they’d have expected to and India are not giving away any half trackers here. Shami has been steaming in and Bhuvneshwar had held his line. Taylor has taken 10 balls to get off the mark, while Williamson is 6 off 11. New Zealand 20/2 in seven overs.

7:48AM: GOT HIM! Mohammed Shami strikes again. It’s Munro this time who chops the ball onto his stumps. The ball moves back in and Munro, trying to push at it hard with both hands manages a think inside edge. TIMBER. India are away. What a start this from Shami.

FASTEST TO 100 ODI WICKETS (INDIA)

Player M Opponents Ground Year Time
M Shami 56 NZ Napier 2019 6y 17 days
I Pathan 59 PAK Abu Dhabi 2004 2y 100d
Z Khan 65 NZ Centurion 2003 2y 162 d
A Agarkar 67 ZIM Jodhpur 2000 2y 251d
J Srinath 68 WI Kolkata 1994 3y 18d

Back-to-back boundaries for Munro: New Zealand have last an early wicket but that won’t prevent Colin Munro from going after the bowling. Slightly short from Bhuvneshwar and Munro just jabs at it towards the leg side; follows it by going over the top – not perfectly timed – over the infield.

BOWLED HIM: Mohammed Shami it is, who rattles Martin Guotill’s stumps. New Zealand one down and with that Shami becomes the quickest Indian to 100 ODI wickets (in 56th match). Finishes off with a wicket-maiden as New Zealand are 5/1 after 2 overs.

The National Anthems have taken place and the Indian players have taken their positions. New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will have to see off the new-ball pair of Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. We saw how Bhuvneshwar repeatedly gave India early breakthroughs in Australia. Will he be able to do it here again? Let’s find out. Bhuvi runs in with the new ball.

Teams

India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami

New Zealand (Playing XI): Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult

7:07am: India are playing both Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Vijay Shankar retained and Ambati Rayudu and Kedar Jadhav are both in, which means no Dinesh Karthik. Ravindra Jadeja also benched.

7:02am: Kane Williamson flips, Virat Kohli calls heads and loses. Williamson opts to bat on a good looking batting deck. Mitchell Santner plays his first ODI since March, Doug Bracewell also slots in. Looks a very good deck to bat on, both captains reckon.

6:58am: Sunny conditions in Napier, always good to see before a cricket match. Bit of a breeze about, as you’d expect from a venue near the ocean. Players warmed up, toss about to get underway.

6:50am: Hello and welcome to CricketCountry’s coverage of the first ODI between India and New Zealand in Napier, where No 2 meets No 3 in what promises to be a fun series.

Toss is in 10 minutes.

The last time India toured New Zealand five years ago, they were beaten 0-4 in the ODI leg of their visit to a bustling home team on a record-setting run which culminated over a year later with a World Cup final. In 2019, India are back in New Zealand, ranked second in ODIs, with the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup less than five months away and Kane Williamson‘s New Zealand third-ranked team on a roll.

When the teams meet at Napier’s McLean Park on Wednesday for the first ODI, it will be with the purpose of ironing out a few kinks with the clock ticking for the World Cup. Click here to read more

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