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IND vs NZ: “I built a partnership with Kane Williamson and had some fun” – Tom Latham after winning Ton vs India ODI match

New Zealand National Cricket Team 30-year-old left-handed batsman Tom Latham won the Man of the Match award for his remarkable century in the first ODI against the India National Cricket Team at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday (25 of November).

After being asked to bat first, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill smashed a brilliant half century, while Washington Sundar played a quick strike to help India post 306/7 in 50 overs.

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Indian openers Dhawan and Gill got off to a good start, racking up 124 runs. The Kiwis managed to pick up back-to-back wickets at the intermissions, but Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson had brilliant 94-run standing and Washington Sundar played a marvelous stroke as he batted at No. 7 to take the Men in Blue. 300.

Chasing the target, New Zealand were struggling at 88/3 after losing the wickets of Finn Allen, Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell. Tom Latham came up to bat at No.5 and completely changed the game by building a terrific partnership with captain Kane Williamson.

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Tom Latham smashed a sensational century and recorded 145* runs off 104 balls, including 19 fours and 5 sixes. Williamson scored 94* runs off 98 balls, including 7 for four and 1 for six.

They had an unbeaten partnership of 221 runs from 165 balls. This was New Zealand’s highest partnership against India in ODIs, and overall the highest fourth-wicket partnership against India in ODIs.

New Zealand won the game comfortably by 7 wickets against India to take a 1–0 series lead. The second ODI will take place at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday (November 27).

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It was just one of those days when everything went right – Tom Latham

Twitter reacts as Tom Latham, Kane Williamson heroics help New Zealand crush India by 7 wickets in first ODI in Auckland
Tom Latham, Kane Williamson exploits help New Zealand crush India by 7 wickets in first ODI in Auckland

Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Man of the Match winner Tom Latham said he had had a good day and was hitting the ball very well.

He said: “It was just one of those days where everything went right. I built a partnership with Kane and had a little bit of fun, just reacted to things and it paid off.”

Tom Latham added that batting against Washington Sundar was a bit difficult, but in the end, he took advantage of the smaller limits to guide New Zealand to a 7-wicket victory.

He elaborated: “It’s about being in strong positions and reacting to what they were bowling. She was able to find the gaps. The preparation has been ideal, it has been beautiful and today I was able to hit the ball well.

“Sundar was taking a turn, he found it a bit difficult to play against him. It’s a small piece of land and we could capitalize on it at the end. I don’t know where that came from, just one of those days.”

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Also Read: IND vs NZ: Shikhar Dhawan Doesn’t Get The Praise He Deserves; Most of the attention is on Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma – Ravi Shastri

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