Live Cricket Score India vs New Zealand 1st ODI, Dharamsala: Debutant Pandya, Umesh Polish Off NZ Top Order

Ranked higher than India in the ICC ODI table, New Zealand will aim to live up to their reputation as a gifted limited overs team in the five-match ODI series that starts in Dharamsala today. Catch live cricket score of India vs New Zealand here. (LIVE SCORECARD | NEWS)

15:17 hrs IST: Five runs came off Axar Patel’s first over.

15:13 hrs IST: Dhoni brought Umesh back into the attack in order to polish off the NZ tail quickly.

15:03 hrs IST: Kedar Jadhav picked up back-to-back wickets. First he caught Neesham off his own bowling and then dismissed Santner, who edged it to Dhoni. Bracewell denied him a hat-trick.

14:55 hrs IST: Neesham flicks Bumrah’s ball off his pads for a four past the mid-on fielder.

14:52 hrs IST: Time for some spin. Kedar Jadhav bowls a tidy first over.

14:50 hrs IST: Superb stuff from the Indian pacers. Bumrah with another tight over.

14:43 hrs IST: This has been a fine comeback from Pandya after receiving some punishment early in the innings. 15 overs up. Time for drinks!

14:37 hrs IST: Neesham and Latham have their work cut out here. The Kiwis need these two to put together a big stand.

14:32 IST hrs IST: GONE! Hardik gets his third wicket. Ronchi pops a catch to Umesh at mid-on. NZ lose their fifth wicket.

14:28 hrs IST: FOUR! Latham presents the full face of the bat to punch Bumrah’s full delivery past mid-on for a boundary.

14:24 hrs IST: WICKET! Wow! Length ball from Pandya, Anderson whacks it to mid-off but finds Umesh, who takes a magnificent diving catch. New Zealand are 43/4 after 10.4 overs. 

14:20 hrs IST: Just a run off Bumrah’s first. New Zealand are 42/3 after 10 overs. 

14:15 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Umesh and Corey smacks it through extra cover for his first boundary. 

14:12 hrs IST: Pandya continues the good work. Just a run off his third over. New Zealand are 36/3 after 8 overs. 

14:08 hrs IST: Pandya to continue. 

14:07 hrs IST: Tidy over from Umesh. Two runs and a wicket off it. New Zealand are 35/3 after 7 overs. 

14:02 hrs IST: WICKET! What a delivery from Umesh! Just nips away, Taylor looks to defend but gets a faint nick and Dhoni does the rest. New Zealand are 33/3 after 6.1 overs.  

13:57 hrs IST: FOUR! Length ball from Pandya, Latham transfers his weight forward and drives it through covers.  

13:55 hrs IST: OUT! What a start for India! Umesh joins the party now. Kane Williamson goes cheaply. New Zealand are 29/2 after 5 overs. 

13:50 hrs IST: FOUR! Half-volley and Latham plays a crunching cover-drive. As good as it gets! Moves to 12 now. New Zealand are 27/1 after 4 overs. 

13:47 hrs IST: Four runs off Umesh’s second. New Zealand are 18/1 after 3 overs. 

13:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Hardik Pandya strikes on debut. Guptill departs for 12. New Zealand are 14/1 after 2 overs. 

13:39 hrs IST: FOUR! Width on offer, Guptill leans forward and thumps it to point boundary. 

13:37 hrs IST: FOUR! Lucky! Fuller delivery from Pandya, swings a little, Guptill goes for the drive but gets a thick outside edge. First boundary of the day for New Zealand. 

13:36 hrs IST: Pandya now. 

13:35 hrs IST: Excellent first over from Umesh. Just a run off it. 

13:32 hrs IST: Some shape for Umesh now. Genuine outswinger and Guptill decides to leave it. 

13:30 hrs IST: Umesh starts with a wide delivery. 

13:29 hrs IST: It’s time for live action. Guptill to take strike. He can be extremely dangerous in this format. Umesh to start the proceedings for India. 

13:25 hrs IST: Both teams are out for the national anthems. 

STAT ATTACK – 2003: The last time India lost an ODI at home to New Zealand. 

13:07 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams: 

India: Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (c), Manish Pandey, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Amit Mishra, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah 

New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Doug Bracewell

13:02 hrs IST: MS Dhoni wins the toss and opts to bowl first. Mandeep Singh, Jayant Yadav and Dhawal Kulkarni miss out. For New Zealand, Trent Boult and Matt Henry have been rested. 

12:55 hrs IST: Toss in five minutes! 

STAT ATTACK – New Zealand have never won a bilateral ODI series in India. 

12:43 hrs IST: India will be playing their 900th ODI today. Proud moment! 

12:40 hrs IST: Hardik Pandya to make his debut today. He has just been presented his ODI cap by legendary Kapil Dev. 

12:35 hrs IST: A warm welcome to our live coverage of the first of the five ODIs between India-New Zealand. 

New Zealand will look to bounce back against MS Dhoni’s young Indian side. 
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New Zealand were clearly exposed in the three-Test series that ended in Indore on October 11 (the final Test ended in four days). On turning wickets, New Zealand’s top batsmen failed to apply themselves as India won all three matches by handsome margins.

The script will change in the ODIs for sure. With conditions expected to be flatter, the Kiwis will back themselves on Indian wickets even though their record here is nothing great — New Zealand have never won a bilateral ODI series in India, having lost all four previous such rubber.

India will start the series at No. 4 in the ICC ranking. The Kiwis are at No. 3. India need to beat New Zealand by a 4-1 margin to claim the third spot in the ICC ODI rankings.

There will be pressure on skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to deliver. After Virat Kohli has raised India’s performance bar considerably as a captain and player, Dhoni has to address his gameplan to ensure that he is the automatic choice as skipper for next year’s ICC Champions Trophy.

Dhoni will lead a second-string team but there is enough wealth in his squad to take on the Kiwis, who have been bolstered by the return of Tim Southee and Corey Anderson.

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