India captain Shikhar Dhawan believes his bowlers fell short of their plans and bowled too short for an attacking batsman like Tom Latham, who cashed in on the chance to register his best ODI score of his career here on Friday. Latham hit an attacking unbeaten 145 off 104 balls as skipper Kane Williamson hit an unbeaten 94 off 98 deliveries as New Zealand chased India’s 307-run target with seven wickets in hand and 17 balls to spare to take a 1–0 lead in the three-match series. The second ODI will be played in Hamilton on Sunday.
“We felt good with the total. The ball slipped in the first 15 overs. This ground is a bit different to other grounds. We bowled a lot at close range and Latham attacked. We missed a few balls,” said a disappointed Dhawan .
“But like I said, we were pretty short with Latham, and that’s where he took the game away. He hit four boundaries in the 40th over, and that’s where the game shifted. Definitely a lot of learning for the lads.” New Zealand skipper Williamson said Latham packed a special punch at Eden Park, where anything can be chased due to the size of the squared boundaries.
“It was a competitive total. When you build partnerships here at Eden Park you can chase anything. Incredible innings from Tom Latham.
“On these drop-in pitches you bowl full and straight, and that can be difficult. It was one of the most special ODI punches I’ve seen. You’re always in the game with the dimensions,” said Williamson.
“Spin played a big part today. The seamstresses did a great job. There were times when we put pressure on them. Nice to contribute, and with Tommy the way he went it was about replenishing,” he added please.
Man of the Match Latham felt it was one of those days where everything went according to his plans.
“This is one of those days where everything comes loose. Having a little fun at the end… It was nice to get an eye on the ball and run hard. I think the preparation was good,” he said.
“Washington Sundar got a bit of a turn. Small ground, so you can take advantage of it in the end. Nice collaboration with Kane, who played beautifully.”
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