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  • 7:53 PM IST

    India 194/4, 28.4 overs | Virat Kohli 85 (81), Kedar Jadhav 10 (12): And India win! Yeeeey (faking emotions)… I mean, we have gotten so used to seeing India at the doorstep of victory that it doesn’t excite us (me especially) anymore. All the same, good to see India emerge triumphant in their 900th ODI. Meanwhile, Dhoni Kohli finishes off in style! Stays unbeaten on 85. India lead 5-match series 1-0.

  • 7:35 PM IST

    Hahahahahahahaha. Okay, sorry.

  • 7:33 PM IST

    India 162/4, 28.4 overs | Virat Kohli 63 (66): How many times have we seen Dhoni-Kohli run fast between the wickets? How many times have you see the staggering duo convert ones into twos and twos into threes? But have we seen them getting run-out? Well, that happened… And it was Kohli’s miscommunication that led to Dhoni’s wicket… Ab Mahi pakka maarega…

  • 7:20 PM IST

    India 147/3, 26 overs | Virat Kohli 50 (55), MS Dhoni 19 (19): SIX, an MS Dhoni SIX rocks the roaring Dharamsala. Neesham shortens his length Dhoni bludgeons it over deep fine-leg. Meanwhile, Kohli scores his 37th half-century. How will you stop this man? He is only 27, to remind you…

  • 7:08 PM IST

    India 123/3, 23 overs | Virat Kohli 41 (46), MS Dhoni 5 (10): A straight drive, a cover drive… You know how Kohli plays them, right? Do I need to articulate? On the other, it’s fun to watch Dhoni play his unconventional strokes… I mean, not that I am bored watching Kohli in action but you know…

  • 6:56 PM IST

  • 6:53 PM IST

    India 107/3, 20 overs | Virat Kohli 29 (37), MS Dhoni 1 (1): Gone. Opportunity wasted. With so much time left in the match, Pandey decides to chip one to short mid-wicket. And here comes MS Dhoni, the only player who manages to steal thunder from Virat Kohli, something we writers need him to… Too many articles on Kohli for the past few months, I tell you…

  • 6:47 PM IST

    And then this happened…

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  • 6:42 PM IST

    Take this poll please. Because grrrrrrr…

  • 6:27 PM IST

    India 77/2, 14 overs | Virat Kohli 13 (18), Manish Pandey 5 (6): When others fail, Kohli shines. And he shines on… The same old Kohli, the same old vigour, the same old class, the same old dominance… Doesn’t he get tired? Two boundaries for him already.

  • 6:17 PM IST

    India 63/2, 12 overs | Virat Kohli 5 (13): Rahane averages 33 and gets out on 33. This was an ideal opportunity for the Mumbaikar to shine at the top-order and cement his place. “Edged and taken,” says Ravi Shastri (how many times have we heard him say that?). Next batsman in is Manish Pandey.

  • 6:04 PM IST

    India 49/1, 10 overs | Ajinkya Rahane 33 (30), Virat Kohli 0 (4): And just when India were going great guns, Bracewell sends Rohit back to the pavilion. Not that it was a wicket-taking delivery, but Rohit went for the glory short, missing it completely and getting trapped in front. Not that we are surprised. He,in fact, has a reputation of playing a rash shot.

  • 5:49 PM IST

    India 44/0, 7 overs | Rohit Sharma 11 (16), Ajinkya Rahane 32 (26): New Zealand dished out a plan to bowl bouncers, and Rahane decided to go all guns blazing, smacking two bouncers out of the park. And then… hold your horses… he eases a half-volley down the ground. “He is on a roll,” says Laxman Sivaramakrishnan in the commentary box.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    India 25/0, 5 overs | Rohit Sharma 10 (15), Ajinkya Rahane 14 (15): A staggering drive down the ground followed by roll of wrist on the off side, Rahane is on song. And then, to make matters worse for the Black Caps, Rohit plays a spectacular six over deep square-leg. Indian openers are a delight to watch.

  • 5:31 PM IST

    India 11/0, 3 overs | Rohit Sharma 6 (9), Ajinkya Rahane 4 (9): New Zealand are aiming the corridor of uncertainty, seaming it away from the right-hander. Meanwhile, Rahane plays a lovely pull past short mid-wicket. Times it to perfection

  • 5:19 PM IST

    India 4/0, 1 over | Rohit Sharma 4 (6), Ajinkya Rahane 0 (0): Tim Southee to start the proceedings. At the striker’s end is Rohit, highest-scorer in ODI cricket. And he gets off the mark with a boundary. Plays with soft hands and guides it past gully.

  • 4:42 PM IST

  • 4:35 PM IST

    New Zealand 190, 43.5 overs | T Latham 79 (98): Amit Mishra wraps up the tail. All the same, Latham carries his bat, becoming 10th batsman and first Kiwi to do. Stays unbeaten on 79. Masterclass, staggering, resilient… Magnificent show of character by the youngster. Well, India need 191 runs to win.

  • 4:18 PM IST

    New Zealand 173/8, 41 overs | T Latham 67 (94), T Southee 51 (42): Yadaaav pays for his mistakes. First drops Tim Southee and then gets hit for a six and four. Just when we thought Yadaaaav was having a Good Day, usko Marie diya batsman ne. In other news, Southee scores his maiden ODI half-century. Have the fortunes turned towards New Zealand?

  • 4:06 PM IST

    New Zealand 135/8, 37 overs | T Latham 59 (87), T Southee 24 (25): Yadaaaav drops Tim Southee at deep fine-leg. Took a blinder earlier but dropped an absolute sitter. Anil Kumble inhibits himself from face-palming. Things have to go wrong for Yadaaav, no?

    Meanwhile, my colleague calls Tim Southee a team of South Indian people. You get that, right? We practiced so many puns today. Still no? :/

    Also, Southee has hit two massive sixes so far.

  • 3:48 PM IST

    New Zealand 107/8, 33 overs | T Latham 54 (81), T Southee 1 (7): Bracewell Doug his own grave. Now Brace yourself for more puns. No, okay. Well (I did it again), Mishra gets his 50th ODI scalp. Another soft dismissal, says VVS Laxman in the Hindi commentary box. He is our Chief Mentor, by the way. Here is his latest article.

  • 3:34 PM IST

    “Spiritual Saint/Philanthropist/Versatile Singer/Allrounder
    Sportsperson/Film Director/Actor/Art Director/Music Director/

    This is Dr. Gurmeet Ram Rahim’s bio on Twitter. And yes, he is at Dharamsala watching the match. No wonder India are on fire.

    P.S. Elton Chigumbura follows him. I mean, isse Chigumbura kya ho sakta hai.

  • 3:27 PM IST

    New Zealand 83/7, 26 overs | T Latham 40 (67), D Bracewell 7 (25): “Super se bhi upar,” said Aakash Chopra in the commentary box. You never know this may be used as an idiom in the future. And yeah, New Zealand are still 7-down.

  • 3:18 PM IST

    New Zealand 78/7, 23 overs | T Latham 37 (60), D Bracewell 5 (14): Jadhav almost takes it. But he ain’t Yadaaav to pull off a ripper. The Y factor was missing, you know.

    Meanwhile, Axar Patel into the attack (now the song ‘Aksar Iss Duniya Mein, Anjaane Milte Hain’ is on loop, on my mind).

    By the way, Latham is still at the crease. Grrrrr. I know.

  • 3:06 PM IST

    New Zealand’s lowest ODI scores vs India:

    103 at Chennai, Dec 2010

    118 at Dambulla, Aug 2010

    126 at Mumbai, Nov 1995

    142 at Auckland, Mar 1994

    145 at Amritsar, Nov 1995

    146 at Centurion, Mar 2003

    FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI at Dharamsala

  • 3:03 PM IST

    New Zealand 66/7, 19 overs | T Latham 30 (49), D Bracewell 1 (1): If you have Axar Patel and Amit Mishra in the arsenal, who would you go for?

    Stop thinking. Dhoni goes for part-timer Kedar Jadhav instead. Sounds fair and square, for two left-handers are at the crease and Jadhav would be handy if he manages to spin the ball away from the batsmen. As a matter of fact, he is doing what Raina does for India.

    And OUT! It paid off. Dhoni’s decision paid off. And with that, our Tata Sky connection goes for toss. I am so unlucky that I did not get to see Jadhav’s first international wicket. My colleague Aditya Sahay calls from the stadium and says … that … Jadhav picks his second scalp. Neesham and Santner depart.

  • 2:51 PM IST

    New Zealand 57/5, 16 overs | T Latham 29 (45), J Neesham 4 (13): No wicket in the last 3 overs. Jeez, shorter formats are making me impatient. Do we heavily reply on entertainment these days?

  • 2:38 PM IST

    New Zealand 49/5, 13 overs | T Latham 25 (38), J Neesham 1 (2): Pandya continues dream run. Love is in the air for the New Zealanders. Another one chipped to mid-on. Ronchi plays a rash shot. Yadaaaav makes no mistake (accept it). Half the side back in the pavilion. Meanwhile, it seems Latham wants to carry his bat.

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New Zealand will seek revenge while India will aim for further dominance © Getty Images

Good Afternoon and Welcome to CricketCountry’s live coverage of the first One-Day International (ODI) between hosts India and visitors New Zealand at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala. I am Kaustubh Mayekar and will be bringing to you all the live updates from first ODI. The focus has shifted from Tests to ODIs and after crushing New Zealand in Tests, India will aim for further dominance over the Kiwis. India will also see shift in the leadership with MS Dhoni donning the captaincy role and leading the Men in Blue. Both the teams have few changes in their squad in the absence of their key players like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI at Dharamsala

India have a young bunch in absence of their key players and those include Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Jayant Yadav, Mandeep Singh and Hardik Pandya around. New Zealand, in contrast, have Tim Southee for their service after injury kept him away from the Test series. The only ODI series India have some experience are the one’s against Australia and Zimbabwe. Most of the time it has been the Twenty20 International (T20Is) and Test cricket, that has kept India ahead. This ODI series has a lot of relevance for both the teams from the perspective of Champions Trophy 2017. One also cannot forget, India are wee behind New Zealand in ODI rankings and if New Zealand triumph in this series, they have all chances to become the second best.

With some players rested and some new faces in the squad, New Zealand will seek resurgence. In contrast, India also have young bunch and possibility of every player getting a game in this series is in cards. If given closer look at both the team’s performance in last five ODIs, both have won four and lost one. ALSO READ: India vs New Zealand 1st ODI: Hosts aim to continue dominance

Among the spotlight, Corey Anderson will be a key player for New Zealand. After staying away from the picture for a while due to injury, Anderson will be relieved to be back for some competitive cricket. Given that he has played limited-over cricket six months ago in India be it for ICC T20 World Cup 2016 or Indian Premier League (IPL), this will be an easy cake walk for the all-rounder. Meanwhile, India will have the services of their all-rounder Pandya who equally had an eventful time in T20Is. If given him an opportunity, this will be very much his ODI debut.


India: MS Dhoni (c & wk), Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Akshar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling (wk).