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306/7 (50)
309/3 (47.1)
NZ won by 7 wickets
Player of the match: Tom Latham
 
Right then! New Zealand maintain their unbeaten streak at home as they won their 13th consecutive match. Since 2019, they haven't suffered a defeat in their backyard. India posted a challenging total but Latham stepped in and produced one of the magical innings at Eden Park to help New Zealand take a 1-0 lead in the series

The Indian fans got to witness Umran Malik's sheer pace as he bowled brilliantly to get two wickets in his debut match but his heroics lasted only for a short while. India's inexperience in the bowling attack was evident at the back end as they kept repeating the same mistake by bowling short to Tom Latham and paid the heavy price. There is not enough time for India to rework their tactics as the second match takes place in Hamilton on Sunday

Will Dhawan & co take revenge? We will find it out, but for now, it's time to end the coverage here. Until next time, this is Pragadeesh and Pratyush signing off
Kane Williamson (New Zealand Captain): I thought at the half way stage it was a competitive total as you saw the ball was turning. But if you get a partnership in Eden park it is easy. Tom Lath played great as he flicked the switch at an important time. If we bowl hard and straight on this wicket, it's not easy to get away. That was one of the best knocks I have ever seen. You are always in the game because of the dimensions but we are curious about how the wicket plays.  You think about different things considering the turn. They got a reasonable total but it's good to see us get that partnership. I am happy to contribute and obviously, with Tommy going at the other end, my aim was to compliment him. He was going like a steep train and I want to make sure he gets the comfort. It was super-special to be at the other end to see that knock
Shikhar Dhawan (Indian captain): We felt good with the total. (Enough on the board?) The ball was seaming around in the first 10-15 overs. It's a bit different than other grounds, so we had to plan the bowling in accordance with that. We bowled too short sometimes and Latham attacked us. We couldn't get a breakthrough. We missed a few boys on the ground. We bowled too short and Latham took the game away from us, especially in the 40th over when he scored 5 boundaries. After that, we tried to bring the momentum back but it wasn't too much. (His half-century) I really enjoyed playing over here. Would have liked the win but that's part and parcel of the game. It's a good learning for the boys. (Areas to work on) We need to field and implement our plans better. It's a young unit, I'm still proud of them.
Tom Latham is the Player of the Match. Here is what he has to say: It was one of those days when everything comes up well. Just the partnership with Kane and in the end was great. Sometimes that's when I'm at my best rather than looking for shots. I just put the ball in the gaps and ran hard, there was a bit of luck sometimes. Preparation has been ideal. We played the Plunkett Shield, so the prep was been nice. (Pressure?) A little bit. Washington Sundar was getting a bit of turn and found him hard to deal with but the required rate was under 8s. It's a small ground, so we can capitalize on it later. He (Williamson) played a great knock as well. It's one of those days when the stars aligned for us.
New Zealand beat India by 7 wickets
Tom Latham 145(104) | Shreyas Iyer 80(76)
Lockie Ferguson 3-59(10) | Umran Malik 2-66(10)

Tom Latham's masterclass and Williamson's calm approach helped the Blackcaps to chase this score with minimum fuss and take a 1-0 lead in the series. Looked like they did it without breaking any sweat in the end.

India had two debutants in the bowling department - One really struggled in the powerplay but the other rose to the occasion with sheer pace and kept plaguing the batters. The momentum was with India until the 20th over but Williamson and Latham took the game away from their hands
 
Latham was happy to knock ones and twos until he got into the groove, while Williamson played a sensible knock and complimented his partner well. The Indian bowlers opted for a short ball strategy against Latham, and that backfired miserably. That one over from Shardul Thakur changed the complexion of the game as Latham not only smashed 25 runs in that over but also brought up his second ODI ton against India. Williamson was happy to play second fiddle in the partnership as he had the best seat in the house to watch his partner tear the Indian bowlers apart
47.1 Arshdeep Singh to Kane Williamson, FOUR! NEW ZEALAND COMPLETE A COMPREHENSIVE PERFORMANCE! No century for Kane Williamson but he's shown his class today. At a back of a length outside off, Williamson steers it wide of third man to complete the victory with a boundary. New Zealand win by 7 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in this three-match ODI series!
Can Williamson finish things in style? or will he continue to be selfless and give Latham the strike?
Arshdeep Singh (8-0-64-0) comes back into the attack

Williamson is not bothered about his hundred as he is happy to be at the non-striker's end and watch Latham's effortless batting
47
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305 /3 score
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cricket bat icon Kane Williamson
90 (97)
cricket bat icon Tom Latham *
145 (104)
cricket ball icon Shardul Thakur
1 /63
46.6 Shardul Thakur to Tom Latham, FOUR! Thakur hasn't learned his lesson all day. Attempts another slower bouncer for some reason and Latham latches onto it in a flash to pull it into the deep mid-wicket fence
46.5 Shardul Thakur to Tom Latham, nails the yorker outside the off-stump. Latham wanted to carve it out through backward point but can't get bat on ball, no run
One hit away now
46.4 Shardul Thakur to Kane Williamson, back of a length delivery on the fifth stump line, Williamson steers it down to third man
46.3 Shardul Thakur to Tom Latham, back of a length on the off-stump line, Latham pulls it towards deep square leg for one. This is Tom Latham's highest score in ODIs.
46.2 Shardul Thakur to Tom Latham, back of a length slower one outside off, Latham rocks back to pull this towards deep mid-wicket for a brace. 
46.1 Shardul Thakur to Kane Williamson, good length delivery on the middle stump line, Williamson clips it through square leg for a single
Shardul Thakur (8-1-54-1) comes back into the attack

India's sloppy fielding continues. Looks like Latham can bat for another 50 overs and ready to punish the Indian bowlers. Williamson and Tom Latham register the highest fifth-wicket partnership for New Zealand
46
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296 /3 score
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cricket bat icon Kane Williamson
88 (95)
cricket bat icon Tom Latham *
138 (100)
cricket ball icon Yuzvendra Chahal
0 /67
45.6 Yuzvendra Chahal to Tom Latham, FOUR! MISFIELD! Floated on the good length at middle stump. Latham sweeps it firmly towards deep mid-wicket and there was protection there but Umran made a meal of it
45.5 Yuzvendra Chahal to Tom Latham, on the good length at the middle stump line, Latham nudges it into the leg-side, no run