Washington Sundar's late blitz pushes India past 300 runs. He was on fire out there, providing the finishing flourish.
Washington Sundar’s late blitz pushes India past 300 runs. He was on fire out there, providing the finishing flourish. Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill opened the innings for India with a 124-run stand. However, a string of wickets threatened to ruin the effort as they fell to 160/4. Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, held it together, appearing scratchy at first but then pressing on, finding strong company first from Sanju Samson and then from Washington to wrap up the innings nicely.
Kane Williamson, the captain of New Zealand, chose to bowl in the opening ODI in Auckland. The hosts fielded four seamers in Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Lockie Ferguson, and Adam Milne on a drop-in surface with unusually short boundaries. With James Neesham out with a niggle, New Zealand had a significantly different balance. Meanwhile, Arshdeep Singh and Umran Malik made their debuts for India. They also brought in Sanju Samson, who did not play in the T20I series. He took the position of Deepak Hooda, leaving India with only five bowling options. As a seam-bowling allrounder, Shardul Thakur was chosen ahead of Deepak Chahar.