Hamilton: With the help of experienced batsman Ross Taylor (109 not out), New Zealand defeated India by four wickets in the first ODI match played at the Sedan Park ground here on Wednesday. With this victory, New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. While batting first, India scored a mammoth 347 for four, but the bowlers' poor performance and poor fielding cost India a loss. New Zealand achieved by losing six wickets in 48.1 overs. Indian bowlers looted runs. Gave 27 extra runs.
Taylor hit 10 fours and four sixes in 84 balls for the hosts. Apart from him, Henry Nicholls contributed 78, captain Tom Lotham contributed 69 and Martin Puptill contributed 32 runs. For India, Kuldeep Yadav took two and Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Shami took one wicket each.
After the match, Kohli praised the New Zealand team a lot. Kohli said, "We thought 348 was a good target, especially the way we were helped in the bowling in the beginning. I think New Zealand captain Tom Lotham snatched the win from us. Ross Taylor and Tom got the middle overs I could not stop our batsmen. We missed good fielding, only one opportunity. We have to improve. "
Kohli said, "I don't mind admitting that New Zealand showed a better game than us. They deserved the win. Prithvi Shaw and Mayang Agarwal gave us a good start, hopefully their performance will continue in the future." Had a brilliant century and KL Rahul's innings was also excellent. "