Latham inspires ‘greatest chase’ as Kiwis stun India

Mumbai: Kane Williamson hailed century-maker Tom Latham and Ross Taylor for inspiring “one of the greatest chases ever” after New Zealand stunned India by six wickets in the first ODI Sunday.
Latham scored 103 and Taylor made 95 as the batsmen put on a massive 200-run partnership to win a thrilling contest at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium with six balls to spare. The fourth-wicket partnership, which lasted 187 balls, propelled the Kiwis to 284-4 after home captain Virat Kohli’s delightful century saw India record an opening innings total of 280-8.
“It was a brilliant performance from Virat, happening every time he walks out to the crease. But we stuck at it and it was one of the greatest chases I’ve seen, certainly in my time as a Black Cap,” New Zealand captain Williamson said afterwards.
Left-hander Latham’s 102-ball knock included eight fours and two sixes. Batting veteran Taylor’s 95 came off 99 deliveries and included eight fours.
The visitors’ run chase got off to a poor start with opener Colin Munro falling for 28 before Williamson walked shortly afterwards on a paltry six.
But 25-year-old Latham and Taylor, 33, had other ideas and easily batted away everything that India’s newest spin attack of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal could throw at them.

SCOREBOARD
India
R Sharma b Boult 20
S Dhawan c Latham b Boult 9
V Kohli c Boult b Southee 121
K Jadhav c & b Santner 12
D Karthik c Munro b Southee 37
MS Dhoni c Guptill b Boult 25
H Pandya c Williamson b Boult 16
B Kumar c Nicholls b Southee 26
K Yadav (not out) 0
Extras (LB-4, W-10) 14
Total (For 8 wkts; 50 overs) 280
Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-29, 3-71, 4-144, 5-201, 6-238, 7-270, 8-280.
Bowling: Southee 10-0-73-3, Boult 10-1-35-4, Milne 9-0-62-0, Santner 10-0-41-1, De Grandhomme 4-0-27-0, Munro 7-0-38-0.
New Zealand
M Guptill c Karthik b Pandya 32
C Munro c Karthik b Bumrah 28
K Williamson c Jadhav b Yadav 6
R Taylor c Chahal b Kumar 95
T Latham (not out) 103
H Nicholls (not out) 4
Extras (LB-11, W-5) 16
Total (For 4 wkts, 49 overs) 284
Fall of wickets: 1-48, 2-62, 3-80, 4-280.
Bowling: Kumar 10-0-56-1, Bumrah 9-0-56-1, Kuldeep 10-0-64-1, Pandya 10-0-46-1, Chahal 10-0-51-0.