New Zealand produced a disappointing performance with the bat when the hosts were crushed by eight windows in the first ODI at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday. Kuldeep Yadav was the star of the show with the ball, registering figures of four for 39. But before the hosts were grouped for 157 in 38 shots, an incident at number 36 on the first game of India, Rohit Sharma, was funny. Trent Boult, number 11 of New Zealand, was the last to enter after Lockie Ferguson was sent packing for a duck and the pacer of his left arm, which he hits with his right hand, fired a strange shot at Yuzvendra Chahal. I had Rohit, who was standing on the first slip, in splits.
Boult ran on the track towards Chahal, but the flatter trajectory of the delivery led him to produce the most uncomfortable shots to defend the ball.
Rohit, standing on the first slip, simply could not stop laughing with the commentators who also found the shot funny.
Boult lasted 10 deliveries before the former captain of India, MS Dhoni, planned his dismissal at the hands of Kuldeep.
After being fired by 157 in 38 passes, New Zealand simply did not have enough firepower to stop the Indian hitter.
While Rohit (11) left early, this did not impede India’s pursuit with skipper Virat Kohli (45) and Shikhar Dhawan (75 not out) joining a series of 91 runs for the second field.
Kohli fell to Lockie Ferguson, but India easily reached the revised goal of 156 at 34.5 over with eight windows in hand.
The second ODI of the five-game series will be played at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.