NZ vs IND, 1st ODI: Tom Latham, Kane Williamson unbeaten partnership sinks India by 7 wickets at Eden Park | XtraTime

Tom Latham and Kane Williamson during their unbeaten 221-run partnership against India in the first ODI at Eden Park on Friday. Image source: Twitter

Xtra Time Web Desk: An unbeaten 221-run partnership between Tom Latham (145*) and Kane Williamson (94*) saw New Zealand successfully chase down 306 runs with 7 wickets and 17 balls to spare. The win guarantees the BlackCaps stay at the top of the ODI rankings. With the 2nd ODI scheduled at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday, the Kiwis lead the three-match series 1-0.

Debutant Umran Malik was the pick of the Indian bowlers, picking two wickets after 66 runs. The speedster from Jammu and Kashmir bagged his maiden ODI wicket in the form of Devon Conway. He then dismissed Daryl Mitchell for his 2nd wicket. Finn Allen lost to Shardul Thakur in the 8th round.

Earlier in the day, Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan (72 off 77) and Shubman Gill (50 off 65) scored half-centuries as they put on 124 runs for the first wicket. Shreyas Iyer anchored the innings well for 80 runs off 76 balls. Sanju Samson scored 36 off 38 balls. Washington Sundar played a cameo towards the end (37 off 16) to see his total pass 300 runs. In the end, the visitors scored 306/7.