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India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI, Who said what: Cricketing world reacts as New Zealand win 1st ODI

Rajdeep Puri
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7.91K   //    22 Oct 2017, 21:53 IST

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The Blackcaps were on fire as they cruised to a six-wicket win over the Men in Blue in the first ODI held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Chasing 280, New Zealand achieved the target with one over to spare.

Tom Latham and Ross Taylor carried on from where they left off in the practice match as the former scored a century and the du put on a 200 run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli's century paved the way for India reaching a respectable total after a slow start.

Here is how the cricketers reacted to the first ODI:

Ross Taylor

Take the win anytime. The way Kohli anchored the innings, it put us under pressure. 280 was always going to be a tough score. Latham batted through and took the pressure off me. We were just trying to take it deep. It is very hard to start an innings here and we had to give ourselves a chance. Fantastic. The way they (Chahal and Kuldeep) controlled it and spun it both ways, having a left and right-hand combination helped us. There is a big future for both of them. Fantastic innings from Latham. He is been batting at the top. To come out and bat after keeping for 50 overs, it will go down as one of his best innings. I have played here in India and it is always nice when the crowd is shouting your name, disappointed to not get the hundred but happy with the win.

Virat Kohli:

On a personal note, the knock was pretty satisfying. 275+ was good on that wicket, but NZ batted really well in the second half. Ross and Tom were outstanding, they deserved to win today. Putting the dew into perspective in the last 13-14 overs, we were definitely some runs short. Would have liked to have a better batting performance. However, from where we were, 280 was a competitive score. They tackled our spinners really well. They picked their areas. Credit to them. Tom especially. Enjoyed watching him. Trent also bowled really well. The wicket had enough bounce and turn. If the game had drifted away from us earlier, we could have brought Kedar in. But as it was, we didn't feel the need.

Kane Williamson:

Brilliant performance. The way we set the tone with the new ball was outstanding. Great hundred from Virat, becoming fairly normal. And then to see a partnership like that.. one of the best chases I've seen. The bowling performance in this humidity was a great effort. 200-run partnership was a special, special partnership. You want to take the game deep over here. There were still a few more batsmen in the shed. A great team performance today. Very challenging weather. Guys had a great attitude, stuck to the task well.

Here is how the cricketing world reacted on Twitter:


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