New Zealand vs India: Shikhar Dhawan not happy with execution of bowling plans after 7-wicket defeat in 1st ODI
India tour of New Zealand 2022: Shikhar Dhawan said he was happy with India's total of 306 in Auckland and said they were not able to execute their bowling plans against Tom Latham, who hit a match-winning 145 not out.
- New Zealand chased down 307 with 17 balls to spare in 1st ODI
- India paid the price for picking only 5 bowling options
- India will look to level the series in Hamilton on Sunday
By India Today Web Desk: India captain Shikhar Dhawan said on Friday that he was happy with India's 306-run total even as it seemed a below-par total in the first of a 3-match ODI series against New Zealand in Auckland. It eventually turned to be not enough as New Zealand rode on a stunning 145 not out from Tom Latham and a steady 94 not out from Kane Williamson to chase down the target in 47.1 overs and take a 1-0 lead.
Shikhar Dhawan led from the front, hitting a 76-ball 72 but the stand-in captain was not able to push ahead and make a 3-figure score just when he was changing gears. Dhawan and fellow opener Shubman Gill added 125 for the opening wicket but middle-order batters Rishabh Pant (15) and Suryakumar Yadav (4) were not able to provide the innings with pace as desired.
Shreyas Iyer hit a 76-ball 80 to make sure India posted a competitive total but a quickfire 36 (17 balls) helped India go past 300. The approach of Iyer and Pant after the 125-run stand has come under the scanner as the two batters allowed the New Zealand bowlers to get back into the game.
Dhawan defended India's approach with the bat, saying the pitch was doing a bit for the New Zealand bowlers after Williamson won the toss and opted to field in the series opener.
"We felt good about the total. First 10-15 overs the ball did a lot. It's a bit different than other grounds. Have to plan accordingly," Dhawan said.
BOWLERS TO BE BLAMED?
The captain pointed fingers at the bowlers, saying they were not able to execute plans and bowling short of the length to Tom Latham cost them the match.
India certainly missed a trick by playing only 5 bowlers and they were not able to find alternates after Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal and Shardul Thakur leaked aplenty.
Latham joined Williamson when New Zealand were in a spot of bother -- at 88 for 3 in the 20th over. Umran Malik shone on his ODI debut, rattling the BlackCaps batters with his raw pace to pick up the wickets of Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell after Shardul Thakur had removed opener Finn Allen but Latham took the attack to the Indian bowling unit, dominating both spin and pace in the middle-overs.
Latham's 76-ball hundred was the second fastest by a New Zealand batter against India in ODis and his partnership of 221 not out with Williamson was the highest for the BlackCaps against his the Asian giants.
"Today we bowled short of length and Latham attacked us there. That's where he took the game away from us especially in the 40th over. That's where the momentum shifted. Really enjoy playing here. Would've been happier if we won but that's part and parcel.
"They're all young boys and lots of learning for them. We need to implement our plans more wisely and make sure we don't make the batsmen play on their strength," he added.
India will look to level the series when they face New Zealand at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.