New Zealand Put India Under Pressure After Winning First ODI In Three Match Series
India started the 3 match ODI series against New Zealand as the favourites but now find themselves under pressure after losing the first ODI in Mumbai on Sunday. The Indians batted first in hot and humid conditions and soon found themselves in trouble at Trent Bolt struck twice to remove S Dhawan and R Sharma.
Kohli Hits 31st ODI Century
Captain V Kohli looked to steady the ship and built a good partnership with D Karthik who was brought in for M Pandey. Karthik made 37 from 47 balls and gave Kohli the opportunity to settle down. The Indian skipper played yet another excellent ODI knock as he brought up his 31st century in his 200th ODI international.
The New Zealand bowlers did a great job in taking wickets at regular intervals and did not allow any of the batsmen to settle down – except for Kohli. As a result, they were able to restrict the Indians to 280 which was a par total but the Indians would have felt that were 20 runs short.
When Australia played India, their openers gave B Kumar and J Bumrah a lot of respect. C Munro and M Guptill took the opposite approach and attacked India’s new ball bowlers to get the Kiwis off to a good start. Their biggest test was going to be against India’s wrist spinners and New Zealand decided to drop T Latham down the order as he was one of their best players of spin. The moved worked as Latham and veteran R Taylor put together a 200 run partnership that helped the Kiwis win in the 49th over.
Concerns For India
India will now face the pressure when they play New Zealand in the second ODI which is scheduled to take place on October 25 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. India must win this match to keep the series alive and will then have to win the third ODI to take the series. India have now lost two out of the last 3 ODIs they have played at home.
India made a number of mistakes in the first ODI which included dropped catches, missed run out opportunities and not willing to give K Jadhav a few overs in the middle. It will be surprising if India make more changes for the second ODI but Kohli will want his senior players to make a bigger contribution with both bat and ball. The only member they might think of tinkering with is K Yadav who was expensive in the first game. A Patel who is a lot more economical might be given an opportunity.
The Kiwis have shown that they are strong in all departments of the game and will once again come out in an attacking frame of mind. The Kiwis could make one change and bring in leg-spinner I Sodhi for A Milne but that would depend on the pitch in Pune.