Tom Latham leads New Zealand to victory over India, career-best 145 in first One-Day International | Cricket News

Tom Latham smashed a career-best 145 and put on a marathon stand with skipper Kane Williamson to lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket win against India in the first One-Day international in Auckland on Friday.

Williamson added 221 runs with Latham to finish unbeaten on 94 as New Zealand chased down the target of 307 for the loss of just three wickets with 17 balls to spare.

Latham, who hit five sixes and 19 fours in his whirlwind 104-ball innings, was named man of the match.

Latham put on 221 runs in a fourth-wicket partnership with Black Caps captain Kane Williamson.

Earlier, India’s top three batsmen smashed separate half-centuries before Washington Sundar secured an unbeaten 37 off 16 to take them to 306-7 at Eden Park.

The visitors got off to a strong start with skipper Shikhar Dhawan (72) and Shubman Gill (50) scoring 124 for the first wicket in 23 overs.

Lockie Ferguson broke the opening stand by dismissing Gill and in the next over, Tim Southee (3-73) sent Dhawan back to lead an Indian side that was bereft of top-order batsmen, including regular skipper Rohit Sharma.

Ferguson (3-59) dismissed Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav in the same over before Shreyas Iyer (80) and Sanju Samson (36) powered India to 94 runs.

Next, Sundar belted three sixes and as many fours to take India past the 300 mark in the previous T20 series between the sides.

Tom Latham celebrates his century

New Zealand openers Finn Allen (22) and Devon Conway (24) failed to build on their starts and Daryl Mitchell made 11 before debutant Umran Malik became his second victim of the match.

Williamson anchored the chase while Latham turned the match on its head when he hit Shardul Thakur for a six and four consecutive fours in the 40th over on his way to a 76-ball century.

Hamilton hosts the second ODI of the three-match series on Sunday.