Ross Taylor blasted his 21st century and helped New Zealand chase down 347 to win by four wickets and take a 1-0 lead against India at Seddon Park, Hamilton. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Virat Kohli's Indian cricket team are on the ultimate high after an unprecedented 5-0 whitewash against New Zealand in the recently concluded Twenty20 Internationals. The batting and the bowling of the Indian side have clicked and they capitalised on all the small chances, something New Zealand failed to do in the entire series. IndiaÂ head into the ODI series in top form having won their third consecutive Twenty20 International series and winning seven games on the trot, equalling their previous best of seven. India have been a dominant force in the ODIs and this will be a grudge rematch in more ways than one.
Ross Taylor seals the deal with a single and New Zealand have avoided the choke. Taylor finishes on 109* and New Zealand have chased down 347 to win the Hamilton ODI by four wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the series.
The scores are level now. Unless Shami does a four-in-four, New Zealand have won this. Scores level.
Santner has almost dealt the killer blow to the match as he clobbers a six and a four off Thakur. New Zealand need two off 13 balls.
Bumrah has bowled his 13th wide but he has bowled out as New Zealand continue to develop the art of the thriller. After 47 overs, New Zealand are 334/6, need 14 off 18 balls.
WICKET! The choke - part 3 is on! De Grandhomme looks for a second run but is a bit slow in turning back. He is run out and New Zealand are 331/6 after 46 overs, need 17 off 24 balls. India are actually on top.
WICKET! Another one falls. Neesham's struggles end. Full ball on the pads, Neesham fails to time the lofted shot properly and he holes out to wide long on. It was a slower ball from Shami. New Zealand are 328/5 after 45.2 overs, need 20 off 28 balls.
Both Taylor and Neesham calmly play out Bumrah. New Zealand are 327/4 after 45 overs, need 21 off 30 balls.
21st century for Ross Taylor. He continues his great form against India in the limited overs format. What a champion. The main thing now is can he guide New Zealand over the line. After 44 overs, New Zealand are 323/4, need 25 runs off 36 balls.
James Neesham gets a top edge for a boundary but India are not helping themselves with too many wides. They have bowled 25 wides so far. Taylor on 99. New Zealand are 319/4 after 43 overs, need 29 off 42 balls.
WICKET! Are we once again onto something here? Latham mistimes the lofted shot and is caught at long on. Is the choke once again on? New Zealand 309/3 in 41.4 overs, need 39 off 50 balls.
Ross Taylor nears his century and Latham steers another four off Bumrah. The bowler also bowls six wides and New Zealand are 307/3 after 41 overs, need 41 off 54 balls.
Latham clobbers yet another six while Shardul bowls a no-ball. Taylor pounces on the free-hit and then slices a flat six over deep point and then steers a short ball to the third man fence. Another four follows and New Zealand are 292/3 after 40 overs, need 56 off 60 balls.
Tom Latham gets to his 16th fifty with a steer off Jasprit Bumrah. This has been some onslaught in the middle overs. New Zealand are 270/3 after 39 overs, need 78 off 66 balls.
Kuldeep continues to leak runs as Latham nears his fifty. Taylor continues to hurt India as he sweeps the chinaman bowler for a boundary. On the last ball, Taylor misses the reverse paddle and Rahul cannot hold onto it. After 38 overs, New Zealand are 261/3, need 87 off 72 balls.
Latham premeditates the sweep and gets a boundary off Jadeja but it is Taylor who ruins the left-armers figures as he blasts a four and a six. New Zealand are 250/3 in 37 overs, need 98 off 78 balls.
Taylor hits two boundaries off Shami as New Zealand continue to score freely. After 36 overs, New Zealand are 235/3, needing 113 runs off 84 balls.
Latham is playing a gem of a knock. He pulls two boundaries off Shardul Thakur and New Zealand stay within the run-rate. After 35 overs, New Zealand are 222/3, needing 126 more to win off 90 balls.
Tom Latham hits a big six off Kuldeep Yadav and Ross Taylor hits his 51st fifty. What a knock from the veteran. He is keeping New Zealand in the match. After 34 overs, New Zealand are 210/3, needing 138 more to win. Kuldeep concedes 14 in his seventh over.
Latham hits two boundaries off Kuldeep and New Zealand are scoring near the required rate. After 32 overs, New Zealand are 189/3, needing 159 more.
Ross Taylor holds the key now if New Zealand are to get near India's score. They may not want to leave it too late for james Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme to chase down 349.
WICKET! Calamitous run-out and this will hurt New Zealand even more now. Suicidal single and Virat Kohli swoops down and nails the direct hit to catch Nicholls short of the crease for 78. New Zealand 178/3 in the 29th over.
Nicholls and Ross Taylor are batting brilliantly and the momentum is slowly turning. Kuldeep Yadav has conceded some runs. After 25 overs, New Zealand are 147/2.
WICKET! Fantastic bowling from Kuldeep Yadav and he gets the wicket of Tom Blundell for 9. Floated legbreak outside off, Blundell charges down the track and misses it as KL Rahul effects an MS Dhoni like stumping. New Zealand are 109/2 after 19.1 overs.
Nicholls notches up a brilliant fifty as he slaps a short ball from Kuldeep Yadav to the deep extra cover fence. New Zealand are 104/1 after 18 overs.
WICKET! Much needed wicket for India. Short delivery outside off, Guptill angles the bat and steers the upper-cut to third man where Kedar Jadhav takes the catch. New Zealand are 85/1 in the 16th over.
India botch up a chance to dismiss Nicholls as he gloves a sweep shot but the umpire signals it a wide. Why didn't India take the DRS? India are 83/0 after 15 overs.
Nicholls continues on his merry ways as he slams a boundary and the opening partnership has gone past fifty. After 10 overs, New Zealand are 54/0.
Guptill and Henry Nicholls are putting up a solid partnership. After eight overs, New Zealand are 44/0.
Shami gets a length delivery to nip back in and it hits Henry Nicholls high on the pads. The umpire gives it out and Nicholls reviews. The ball is comfortably missing the stumps. New Zealand are 14/0 in the fourth over.
Superb last over by Hamish Bennett as only seven runs are conceded. After the end of 50 overs, India are 347/4. This will be a big challenge for New Zealand.
Jadhav slams a wonderful boundary and then Rahul reverse scoops a full ball from James Neesham over third man. Simply magnificent. India are 340/4 after 49 overs. Can Rahul get to his 100? Can India reach 360?
Tim Southee's death overs woes continue. He gets slammed for two fours and a six by Kedar Jadhav while KL Rahul ends the over in style with a boundary to third man. 20 runs in the over and India are 326/4 after 48 overs
Iyer falls for a brilliant 103 as Southee gets his revenge but India are 298/4 in 46 overs.
Rahul launches a big six off Neesham and India are charging towards 350. After 44 overs, India are 285/3.
Shreyas Iyer notches up his maiden century and India are in a great position. Terrific stuff from Iyer who finally fulfills his dream. After 43 overs, India are 277/3.
7th fifty for KL Rahul. He is in such a purple patch at the moment. Brilliant stuff. Iyer is nearing his century as well. India are 275/3 in the 43rd over.
Iyer hits two fours off Southee but he is hit on the elbow by a Tim Southee bouncer and he is getting some treatment. After 39.2 overs, India are 245/3.
Iyer launches a six off Hamish Bennett. Rahul is looking in fine form and he shows it with two sixes off Southee. India can look at a score of 350 if both these players hang in. After 38 overs, India are 234/3.
KL Rahul slams back-to-back sixes off Ish Sodhi and India are making a move on. After 35 overs, India are 199/3.
Seventh fifty for Shreyas Iyer and he holds the key now. After 33 overs, India are 177/3.
Brilliant from Ish Sodhi and he gets his first wicket in his first over. The googly and it drifts in, Kohli plays inside the line of the delivery and the ball breaches his defence to hit the stumps. India are 156/3 in the 29th over.
Virat Kohli notches up his 58th fifty. It seems that he is on his way to getting another ton. India are 153/2 after 28 overs.
Virat Kohli is nearing yet another fifty while Shreyas Iyer has helped him stitch a solid stand which is nearing 100. After 25 overs, India are 134/2.
Iyer survives another chance as he lofts de Grandhomme over long off and it just evades Southee who nearly pulls off a stunner. After 20 overs, India are 107/2.
Virat Kohli and Shreyas Iyer are building a steady partnership but run-scoring is slightly difficult as the New Zealand pacers are bowling with discipline. After 16 overs, India are 83/2.
WICKET! One debutant goes, the other follows. Slightly short and wide ball from Tim Southee, Agarwal flays the cut but finds the fielder at backward point. Tom Blundell takes the catch. India 54/2 in the ninth over, Agarwal out for 32.
WICKET! Shaw's debut ends. Colin de Grandhomme probes away on a good length in the channel outside off and Shaw feathers an edge to the keeper. India are 50/1 after eight overs, Shaw out for 20.
Shaw and Agarwal both get going with a boundary each off Hamish Bennett as India make good progress. After six overs, India are 37/0.
Loud appeal for an LBW against Mayank Agarwal and New Zealand take the review. It is just clipping the top of middle but since the umpire had said not out, Agarwal survives but New Zealand do not lose the review. Agarwal responds with a boundary and India are 26/0 after five overs.
Shaw slams two boundaries off Hamish Bennett and he is looking in great touch. After four overs, India are 21/0.
Tim Southee begins with a maiden while both Agarwal and Shaw get off the mark confidently. After two overs, India are 6/0.
Here are the playing XIs
NZ: 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Henry Nicholls, 3 Tom Blundell, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Tom Latham (capt and wk), 6 Jimmy Neesham, 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Hamish Bennett.
India: India: 1 Mayank Agarwal, 2 Prithvi Shaw, 3 Virat Kohli (capt), 4 Shreyas Iyer, 5 KL Rahul (wk), 6 Kedhar Jadhav, 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 Shardul Thakur, 9 Kuldeep Yadav, 10 Mohammed Shami, 11 Jasprit Bumrah
New Zealand have chosen to bowl against India and Tom Latham will lead the side in place of Kane Williamson. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal are making their debuts for India while Shardul Thakur is the third pacer along with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah.
This is the first ODI between the two sides since THAT semi-final in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup in Old Trafford. New Zealand broke India's hearts in specatcular fashion. India might not be admitting that they want to take revenge on the 'nicest guys in the planet'. But, Kohli will be ruthless in trying to hurt New Zealand on their home patch.
The Twenty20 Internationals confounded everyone. New Zealand, heading into the series, were the only team to have had a better head-to-head ratio against India. However, Virat Kohli's team turned the tables comprehensively and achieved a first in the history of T20I series - a 5-0 whitewash. Heading into the ODIs, safe to say it is advantage India.