New Zealand defeated India by 3 wickets in the recently completed first of a three-game ODI series at Eden Park. A convincing win for the hosts means they have now won their last five ODIs against India.
Easy on paper or in reality, New Zealand initially stumbled in their attempt to chase a 307-run target. However, captain Kane Williamson (94*) and wicket-keeper batter Tom Latham (145*), who shared a 221-run match-winning partnership for the fourth wicket, quashed any concerns about losing three wickets in the first 20 overs out.
The ninth-highest fourth wicket in ODI history was also the highest for New Zealand batters, in New Zealand and against India. If the wicket filter is removed, Williamson and Latham’s partnership is the fourth-highest among New Zealand batsmen in that format.
Though Williamson missed out on a 14th ODI century despite wanting to achieve the same at one point, his 40th ODI half-century offered enough respite for his fans, who had seen him in lackluster T20 form of late. The right-handed hitter also completed his 37th ODI half-century at No. 3, 23rd at home, in captaincy and in wins, ninth against India and first this year.
Latham, on the other hand, achieved his seventh ODI century, fourth at home, under Williamson and at No. 5, second against India and 2022. A deserving contender for Player of the Match awards, it was ninth (fourth at home, third in this year and runner-up against India) such an accolade for Latham in his ODI career.
Highlights from IND vs. New Zealand
As streaming giant Prime Video is the only platform to win rights to international cricket played in New Zealand for an Indian audience, highlights of the first New Zealand-Indian ODI are available in their application.
— Prime Video IN (@PrimeVideoIN) November 25, 2022
All fans have to do is find India’s 2022 tour of New Zealand in the app (probably on the main page itself) and select the highlights in their preferred language. Prime Video’s official YouTube channel also features a few select highlights of the game, but the full 15-16 minute highlight video is available exclusively within the app.