The Indian Cricket Team lost the first One-day international match by 7 wickets against hosts New Zealand played at Eden Park, Auckland on 25 November. Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh made their ODI debut. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and decided to field first. Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan made a cautious start to the innings scoring 40 runs in 10 overs restrictions.
Gill and Dhawan showed then kept the pressure on New Zealand bowlers with aggressive shots. Both openers upped the ante with attacking strokes. Dhawan completed a half-century off 63 balls while Gill reached fifty off 64 balls. Lockie Ferguson provided the breakthrough for New Zealand dismissing Gill with a simple catch to Conway at deep square leg. Dhawan and Gill added 124 runs laying a strong foundation for a big total.
Shikhar Dhawan fell in the next over providing a simple catch to Allen at the backward point. Rishabh Pant and Shreyas Iyer struggled against disciplined New Zealand bowling before Ferguson struck twice in the same over getting rid of Pant and Surya Kumar Yadav. Pant and Iyer added 32 runs for the 3rd wicket.
Shreyas Iyer and Sanju Samson did not look comfortable as NZ bowlers kept tight lines and lengths. Iyer was given two reprieves dropped by Finn Allen and then by Tom Latham. Shreyas Iyer upped the ante putting enough pressure while Samson also joined into the act with positive hitting. Shreyas Iyer completed a half-century off 56 deliveries. Glenn Phillips produced a lovely diving catch to dismiss Samson. Samson and Shreyas Iyer added 94 runs for the 5th wicket.
Washington Sundar looked in great touch putting pressure right back on NZ pace bowlers hitting them all over the park. Shreyas Iyer and Sundar put on 46 runs for the 6th wicket. Sundar played a blinder of an innings remaining not out on 37 off 16 balls with 3 fours and 3 sixes with a stunning strike rate of 231.25. India made 306 for 7 in 50 overs.
Moment to cherish! 😊
— BCCI (@BCCI) November 25, 2022
Umran Malik already impressed everyone with his stunning bowling
Shardul Thakur got the early breakthrough for India dismissing Finn Allen with a lovely delivery. Umran Malik was bought in the 11th over. He bowled with aggression in his first over as he produced 145.9 Kmph, 143.3-second on delivery, 145.6 kmph third delivery, 147.3kmph fourth ball, 137.1 km fifth ball, and ended with 149.6 kmph final delivery.
Umran Malik took the first wicket in ODI cricket dismissing Devon Conway and providing a simple catch to Pant. He looked miserly with disciplined lines and lengths. Malik then grabbed the wicket of Daryl Mitchell caught by substitute Deepak Hooda to rattle the Kiwi batting lineup.
He was bought for his 2nd spell, but Latham and Kane Williamson looked well set. Both Kiwis batters kept taking advantage of his pace. He ended with figures of 2 for 66 in 10 overs. With Latham well-set, Umran Malik bowled Latham onto his ribs. Kane Williamson and Latham added unbeaten 221 runs for the 4th wicket to help New Zealand win the match by 7 wickets with 17 balls.
Malik was not given a chance the playing XI for the T20I series against New Zealand. He would be looking to continue to impress with another lovely spell in the 2nd ODI match to be played at Seddon Park, Hamilton on 27 November 2022.