The first ODI between India and New Zealand went in the hosts’ favour as they played a superb brand of cricket at Eden Park in Auckland. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and invited India to bat first.
The visitors got off to a surreal start to the game in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill. Both the batters added 124 runs for the first wicket before Gill departed for half-century.
Shikhar Dhawan scored 72 whereas Shreyas Iyer top-scored with 80 runs. On the other hand, Washington Sundar chipped in with a quickfire 37 off just 16 balls where he struck 3 fours and as many sixes.
Shreyas Iyer says Sanju Samson and him had a good partnership
In the end, Team India posted 306/7 in their designated quota of 50 overs. Tim Southee took 3 wickets to his name whereas Lockie Ferguson was the pick of the bowlers as he not only took 3 wickets but also bowled a maiden over.
In response to India’s competitive target, New Zealand national cricket team largely benefitted from the services of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham, despite losing three wickets in the run-chase.
The duo added 221 runs for the fourth-wicket and helped the team chase down the target in 47.1 overs as New Zealand cricket team took the first lead in the three-match ODI series.
After the game, Shreyas Iyer spoke about the productive partnership with his teammate Sanju Samson. Iyer who was the top run-getter for India in the first ODI said Sanju Samson and him had a good partnership.
The duo enjoyed batting well together not just in this game but also in the last ODI series as well. Iyer and Samson added 94-run stand for the fifth wicket before Samson departed for 36. Samson struck as many as 4 boundaries to his name.
Here’s how Twitterati reacted to Shreyas Iyer’s statement:-
Shreyas Iyer said "Sanju and me had a good partnership – we did the same in the last ODI series as well".
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 25, 2022Advertisement
Probably good understandingAdvertisement
— K.K (@reachme_kk) November 25, 2022
Good partnership???then what we can call kane-latham partnership???
— Human (@Human4567832) November 25, 2022Advertisement
— Sweety🖤 (@SweetyTarak29) November 25, 2022
And we lost the last odi series as well
— ♌ (@Nikitha13480529) November 25, 2022Advertisement
— henry (@henry18VK) November 25, 2022
Shreyas 🤝 sanju 😊
— Rajesh Gaonkar (@GaonkarRajesh1) November 25, 2022Advertisement
Sanju-Iyer gives vibes of Dhoni-Yuvraj !Advertisement
Both are same age like the predecessor.
Iyer can bowl odd spin bowling too !Advertisement
— Aneesh (@b20aneesh) November 25, 2022