After losing five back-to-back T20I matches by the hands of the Indian cricket team, the New Zealand cricket team finally won their first ODI beating India in Hamilton. Ross Taylor, Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls’s incredible performance with the bat helped their side to take a lead of 1-0 in the ongoing three-match ODI series.
With the help of Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul’s swashbuckling performances, the Indian cricket team posted a mammoth total of 347 runs in 50 overs to the New Zealand cricket team.
Chasing the target of 348 runs, the New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls gave a good start to the game adding 85 runs for the opening wicket. Martin Guptill was dismissed after scoring 32 runs, Henry Nicholls continued his class in the middle and scored 78 runs off 82 balls before Virat Kohli dismissing Nicholls with his fielding brilliance.
India’s new sensation KL Rahul stumped Tom Blundell early after he scored 9 runs off 10 balls. Ross Taylor took Indian fast bowlers to the cleaners and smashed them to all the corners of the ground. He gave an incredible performance and went on to score 109 runs off 84 balls. He smashed 10 fours and 4 sixes.
Tom Nathan also gave a brilliant performance and scored 69 off 48 balls, smashing 8 fours and 2 sixes. He stood tall with Ross Taylor, and the duo stitched 138 to help the New Zealand cricket team win their first match.
From cricket pundits and fans, everyone is talking about the just concluded match. Twitter was soon flooded with reactions from everyone.
Here, check out the reactions of Twitterati on this:
This is as good a partnership as you can see in white ball cricket in the middle overs. Taylor and Latham have played with no opposition. India just haven’t had the bowler to control this phase.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 5, 2020
Shardul Thakur after being hit 22 runs in an over by Ross Taylor. #NZvsIND #NzvInd pic.twitter.com/5AYCOt4aK4
— Prince Pandey?? (@princepandey_) February 5, 2020
This is some chase by NZ.
Ross Taylor is so under appreciated.
Clearly one of the best ODI bats in the world the last few years.
— Tom O’Neil (@thomasjameoneil) February 5, 2020
Ross Taylor to all the India bowlers today:#NZvIND | #NZvsIND pic.twitter.com/ixp8DbAOOR
— FoMA Ramteke (@fomaramteke) February 5, 2020
That @RossLTaylor fella is a pretty, pretty good player. #Legend
— Trent Woodhill (@TrentWoodhill) February 5, 2020
Ross Taylor to Indian bowlers today ?#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/jsU8fPSgp5
— IndianCricketFansForum (@ICFans) February 5, 2020
Tom Latham and Ross Taylor leads New Zealand close to victory . Latham has puar class ?? and Ross is showing his experience.
Good innings of tom comes to an end well played 100%
— atif Aness (@atifanees07) February 5, 2020
50 for Ross Taylor! #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/N7PYW8ksUq
— The ACC (@TheACCnz) February 5, 2020
#taylorlatham partnership looked like both of them were performing the haka in front of the Indian team!! #rosstaylor #tomlatham #Hamilton #seddonpark #indvsnz
— sudindra rohit (@rohityerramilli) February 5, 2020
What an innings from #TomLatham. What a partnership.
Excellent demonstration of how to take advantage of a small ground, where there is no room for error.
Remember, India had batted on this surface and ground as well. They did well. Latham and Taylor just did better.#NZvIND
— Abhishek Mukherjee (@SachinAzharCT) (@ovshake42) February 5, 2020