Kohli leads India chase in routine win vs NZ in 1st ODI
DHARAMSALA, India (AP) India scored 194-4 in 33.1 overs to chase down New Zealand's paltry 190 and win the first one-day international by six wickets. Virat Kohli scored an unbeaten 85 to help his side take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
Chasing 191, Rohit Sharma (14) and Ajinkya Rahane (33) got off to a comfortable start and put on 49 runs for the opening wicket. Sharma was trapped lbw by Doug Bracewell (1-44) in the 10th over.
Rahane hit four fours and two sixes, as he took India past the 50-mark. But he wasted his start and was caught behind off James Neesham (1-40) in the 12th over.
It was a similar story with Manish Pandey (17), who put on 40 runs for the third wicket with Kohli. His innings also ended with a loose shot, caught at midwicket off Ish Sodhi (1-34).
Kohli brought up his 37th ODI half-century off 55 balls. He faced 81 balls overall, and hit nine fours as well as a six.
He put on 60 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper MS Dhoni (21). The duo looked like finishing the game off for India, when a miscue between them led to a Dhoni run-out in the 29th over.
Kedar Jadhav (10 not out) then made sure there were no further hiccups, and took his team to victory with 16.5 overs to spare.