Flashback: India vs New Zealand 2019: What happened when the two teams met in 2014
After having a successful tour in Australia, India now move to their neighboring country New Zealand for a limited overs series. The Blackcaps will host India for a five-match ODI series which will be followed by a three-match T20I series.
Winning against the Blackcaps will be a hard task as the Kiwis are a strong white-ball outfit. New Zealand is in great form in their home conditions. According to the ICC ODI Rankings, India are No.2 and New Zealand is No.3, so one thing is for sure that this is going to be a cracker of a series. The Australian series might just be the starter as we get ready for the main course. India is visiting New Zealand after five years.
They last visited way back in 2014 when they played a five-match ODI series and a two-match Test series. It wasn’t a great tour as India lost in both the formats. In the ODIs, India was defeated 4-0 whereas the scoreline read 1-0 for the Tests. As we get ready for the current series, let’s go into the flashback and revisit the five ODIs which took place in 2014.
#1 1st ODI - India lose the series opener at Napier
India won the toss and chose to bowl in the first ODI at Napier. India started well by taking two quick wickets but later on New Zealand piled on the runs as they reached 292-7 with the help of half-centuries by Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, and Corey Anderson.
Shami was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up four wickets out of the seven. Chasing 293, India lost Rohit Sharma pretty early. Dhawan and Kohli built a 50 run partnership before Dhawan got out while hooking a Corey Anderson bouncer. After the fall of Raina, Dhoni joined hands with Virat Kohli for a 95 run partnership and it seemed like these two might take India home.
Virat Kohli even reached to his 18th ODI hundred in the meantime but the wicket of Dhoni changed it all. Dhoni got out at the wrong time as India collapsed after the fall of his wicket. India was bowled out 268 as they didn’t even bat the 50 overs. This was the first time India lost after Kohli had scored a century while chasing. Corey Anderson’s Man of the Match effort helped NZ take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.