Game 3: 2018-19 ODI Series between New Zealand v India at Bay Oval, 1st Innings


New Zealand won the toss and chose to bat first at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

So India will need to field and bowl at the request of New Zealand’s decision.

New Zealand

  1. Martin Guptill
  2. Colin Munro
  3. Kane Williamson
  4. Ross Taylor
  5. Tom Latham
  6. Henry Nicholls
  7. Mitchell Santner
  8. Doug Bracewell
  9. Ish Sodhi
  10. Lockie Ferguson
  11. Trent Boult


  1. Rohit Sharma
  2. Shikhar Dhawan
  3. Virat Kohli
  4. Ambati Rayadu
  5. Kedar Jadhav
  6. Dinesh Karthik
  7. Hardik Pandya
  8. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  9. Kuldeep Yadav
  10. Mohammed Shami
  11. Yuzvendra Chahal

India leads the five-match One-Day Series, 2-0 as they only need this game to wrap up the series.

On the other hand, New Zealand needs to win this match to keep this series hopes alive.

1st Innings, Part 1

Mohammed Shami got off to a great start when he dismissed Colin Munro for seven.

It’s a full straight ball going wide which does provide some spice before Munro half-whacked too early.

His sideways head and little movement of the feet hindered his chances for an extended stay in the middle.

So that’s how the ball got carried to Rohit Sharma at slip as India achieved their 1st wicket inside two overs.

In the 6th over, Bhuvneshwar Kumar demolished the other half of New Zealand’s Opening pair casualty on Martin Guptill.

Kumar bowled a decent length with the straight line that swung closer to the off-stump.

Guptill made the same mistake as Munro when his bat carried to Dinesh Karthik’s hands on 13.

Kane Williamson fired off and made up lost time from New Zealand’s early fall with Ross Taylor.

By the time New Zealand nearly reached the 60 run mark, Yuzi Chahal found a way to secure India’s 3rd wicket.

It’s a full ball turning a bit towards the straight stumps before Williamson went too thick for the flick shot.

His head position began to lose its shape as well as half whacking it towards Hardik Pandya at mid-wicket.

Pandya followed the drill correctly with a one catch dive on his left hand which proved sensational.

Unfortunately for Williamson, he couldn’t find the rope as he returned upstairs on 25.

1st Innings, Part 2

Ross Taylor stayed on and slowly reconnecting the dots with Tom Latham scoring quickfire runs.

Not only they helped New Zealand reach the 100 run mark, but also their 50 run stand.

Taylor later backed up his half-ton on 52 runs off 71 balls for the 46th time in his One-Day International career.

He stuck in there knew how to rotate his shot selection having used the feet a lot in the middle.

It helped Taylor navigate a great foundation before increasing his confidence through a few boundaries.

As long as Taylor doesn’t lose his shape with the head, he’s doing a great job with still a long way to go.

With New Zealand reached the 160 run mark, Taylor & Latham formed a 100 run partnership as there are 15 overs left in this spell.

Latham followed Taylor’s lead as he secured a half-ton himself for the 13th time in ODIs.

But his spell quickly ended on 51 when Lathan tried to whack through the on-side for four.

He just went too early and deep as Latham couldn’t execute off the straight ball from Chahal as Ambati Rayadu took the catch.

Henry Nicholls’s time in the middle became short-lived on six as New Zealand lose their 4th wicket.

Nicholls turned his head sideways by trying to whack off a pull shot on the back foot.

But the timing couldn’t help him execute it properly as his bat edged straight to Karthik’s hands which gifted Hardik Pandya the wicket he needed for India.

1st Innings, Part 3

Hardik Pandya produced a short ball play pitching wide with some spice.

That ball proved easy for him to dismiss Mitchell Santner on three as New Zealand lose their 5th wicket.

Santner’s leaning backward with his head still before only cutting it early with the half hack towards Karthik’s gloves.

As Doug Bracewell replaces Santner, New Zealand reached the 200 run mark with Ross Taylor stayed on 81*.

Ross Taylor was almost a few runs away from converting his 100 before Mohammed Shami denied his wish on 93.

It’s a full straight ball pitching towards Karthik’s gloves where Taylor couldn’t the cover drive right.

There’s no full bat presentation involved as Taylor timed it early without moving the feet a little.

Shami secured his 3rd scalp of this innings when he got rid of Ish Sodhi for 12.

It’s a decent length making the ball click straight before Sodhi backed away & reach out for the lofted shot.

There’s not too much power involved as it gone towards Virat Kohli’s hands at long on.

A ball later, the mix up between Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult saw Bracewell failed to return to his crease on time.

Kohli saw an excellent opportunity to cash in on a direct hit with Bracewell out on 15.

And Trent Boult’s backed away lofted shot scooped straight to Mohammed Shami to finish the 1st Innings.

Final 1st Innings Score: New Zealand 243

India needs 244 runs to win in 50 overs to win this series here at Bay Oval.

They knew how to change the variation and bounce with most of the wickets come from catches.

As long as the pace represents itself over 130-150 km/h, India at least found a way to block New Zealand from reaching 250.

It allowed the bowlers to pick up wickets when they made the opposition play a loose shot which proved correct.

India now has an opportunity to keep their batting simple with no rush after the 40-minute break.

On the other hand, New Zealand hasn’t had a great run.

The Opening pair hesitated and rushed with shots that go into the air without fully whacking off a flat bat.

When the middle order pair of Ross Taylor and Tom Latham came in, they reconnected the dots.

How did they do that?

They went off with run a ball to accelerating towards 2 to 3s and some boundaries.

All of these half-ton fests come from staying persistent by using the basics involved in the middle.

It doesn’t matter how they use their shots, as long as they rotated the strike and not losing their shape, that’s how they helped New Zealand recover mid-innings.

Though, the rest of the batting order copied what the Opening pair did.

The high-risk shot selections proved unnecessary to frustrate the Indians towards the end of this innings.

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