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Kuldeep And Shami Bundles Out NewZealand For 157 At Napier

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| January 23 , 2019 , 14:12 IST

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bat first in the opening ODI  at Napier on Wednesday.

New Zealand batted first and never really got going in their innings.

The hosts looked very helpless before Indian bowlers and got all-out for just 157 runs in 38 overs. India needs 158-runs to win the 1st ODI.

Kuldeep Yadav claimed four wickets, highest for the Indian team.

The chinaman, dismissed Kane Williamson, the most dangerous among Kiwis. Kuldeep’s looped up deliveries found no response from the Kiwi tail.

At the top of the order, Mohammed Shami inflicted the early damage to leave New Zealand two down after winning the toss. Yuzvendra Chahal added to the pressure with two key wickets as well.

Mohammed Shami becomes the fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets. He took 56 matches to reach the milestone and he is the 13th Indian to get there.

Shami took three crucial wickets of Guptill, Munro and Santner.

Kiwis did not find a good opening as Guptill fell on 5 runs.

Williamson played a sensible knock and scored a good 64 runs in 81 balls.

Later, India also started well but Bracewell sent Rohit back to the pavilion in the 10th over. Rohit faced 24 deliveries and scored 11 runs with one boundary.

Dhawan and Kohli are looking good and hitting the ball really well. Dhawan smashed a brilliant half-century(63)* in 87 balls, Kohli is batting on 42*.

Dhawan brought up his 26th ODI half-century.

Dhawan also crossed 5000 runs in ODI cricket, becoming the second fastest Indian to do so after Virat Kohli in terms of innings. 

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Earlier, The match had been stopped for a short while as Shikhar Dhawan wasn’t able to spot the ball because of the sunlight. Dhawan apparently told the umpires that he wasn’t able to spot the ball as the sunlight was coming straight into his eyes.

India still need 27 runs in 129 deliveries.