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India on Wednesday drew their first blood and beat New Zeland in a one-sided game held at Napier by 8 wickets.

Kiwis won the toss and opted to bat. Their decision proved poor once Shami started claiming wickets.

Later spinners duo of Chahal and Kuldeep cast spells in the middle order as the hosts got bowled for meager 157 runs total in 38 overs.

Kuldeep picked 4 wickets while Shami and Chahal picked 3 and 2 wickets respectively.

Blackcaps skipper Kane Williamson was the top scorer with 64 runs.

In reply, India lost opener, Rohit Sharma early, but handy knocks of Shikhar Dhawan (75*), skipper Virat Kohli (45) and Ambati Rayudu (13*) finished it off for tourists in the first ODI.

India is 1-0 ahead in 5 match ODI series. They had previously lost the series 4-0 in 2014 and will be eyeing to reverse the same.

Moreover, India A side whitewashed New Zealand A recently.

The match was stopped during the 11th over as Sunlight rays fell directly on the batsman to make it one of the rare occasions when the game was stopped citing above reasons.

The delay led to 2 run cut in the target and reduced one over, but India won the match convincingly in 34.5 overs.

The next match is scheduled to be held at Mt. Maunganui this Saturday.


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