Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Kohli Hits Century as India Win 1st ODI against New Zealand

With many of the senior players rested, the Young Indian team led by the new stand in captain Gautam Gambhir, registered a comfortable win against the Kiwis in the first ODI of the five match series. The youngster who shined in the match was Virat Kohli (105 of 104 balls), looked to be in good touch as he scored his fourth ODI century and is definitely the only difference to take the match away from the hands of the visitors and helping the new captain to claim his first victory. With the win of the first ODI India lead the five ODI series with 1-0.

After losing the toss and were sent into bat 1st the Indians were bowled out for 276 runs in 49 overs before the young Delhi lad Virat Kohli scoring a sparkling century. With Kohli at the crease 300 looked to be an achievable score but with his dismissal the lower order failed to score as they just scored 26 runs in the last six overs before they were bowled out at the end of 49th over. Andy Mckay was the man with the ball who shined for New Zealand as he recorded his career best 4-62. The other bowlers Mills and Tuffey took 3-42 and 2-56.

Chasing a target of 277 the Kiwis openers J How and M Guptill gave a slow and steady start to the New Zealand innings before Nehra broke their partnership of 32 dismissing How (9) and later Guptill (30) also did not last long at the crease even being dropped twice by the Indians. Later Ross Taylor, the stand in skipper for New Zealand batted well to achieve his fifty besides the wickets of the visitors fell at regular intervals. He looked dangerous as he hit a couple of sixes, but Yuvraj Singh did not allow him to continue as he dismissed him. After his dismissal Nathan McCullum (35) and Kyle Mills (32) built up a partnership of 67 for the ninth wicket as Indian bowlers suffered to break this partnership and Mills becoming dangerous with the bat as he hit two sixes before his dismissal. Yuvraj Singh though having a tough time with the bat, bowled well (3-43) to pick three crucial wickets and along with R Ashwin (3-50) helped India to win the first ODI at Guwahati with 40 runs and take a lead of 1-0 in the series.

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