NZ break slump to de­feat In­dia

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

Welling­ton – Ross Tay­lor and stand-in cap­tain Tom Latham com­bined in a 138-run stand to guide New Zealand to a morale-boost­ing four-wicket vic­tory over In­dia in the first one-day in­ter­na­tional in Hamil­ton yes­ter­day.

Tay­lor chalked up his 21st cen­tury with an un­beaten 109 while Latham, deputis­ing for the in­jured Kane Wil­liamson, weighed in with 69 as the hosts chased down In­dia’s im­pos­ing 347-4, pass­ing the tar­get with al­most two overs to spare.

Vic­tory was not with­out a scare, how­ever. New Zealand lost three quick wick­ets as they ap­proached the tar­get, rais­ing fears of a re­peat of their ca­pit­u­la­tion in the Twenty20 se­ries, when they threw away win­ning po­si­tions in the last three games to slump to a 5-0 de­feat.

But Mitchell Sant­ner held his nerve, fin­ish­ing on 12 not out as New Zealand ended an eightgame los­ing streak, hav­ing also suc­cumbed 3-0 in their Test se­ries in Aus­tralia.

In­dia’s mas­sive to­tal was built on Shreyas Iyer’s maiden one-day in­ter­na­tional cen­tury. Dropped on eight, 11 and 83, he went on to score 103 and shared in cen­tury stands with both Vi­rat Kohli (51) and KL Rahul (88 not out).

The win re­leased some pres­sure on Gary Stead and New Zealand Cricket af­ter the coach was granted a week’s leave.

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