Shreyas Iyer’s maiden century went in useless as Ross Taylor’s unbeaten century powered New Zealand to a 4 wicket victory in opposition to India in the first ODI of the three-match collection at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday. In the excessive-scoring encounter, Kiwi batsmen prevailed as they upstaged the excessive-profile Indian batting line-up. The two centurions of the match, Iyer and Taylor, mixed to script a unique file in ODIs.
This is barely the third time in the history of One-Day Internationals that each quantity fours have crossed the three-determine mark. Out of the six gamers, solely Taylor has remained not-out.
Zimbabwe vs South Africa, 2007 Harare: AB de Villiers (107) and Tatenda Taibu (107)
India vs England, 2017 Cuttack: Yuvraj Singh (150) and Eoin Morgan (102) 2017
New Zealand vs India, 2020 Hamilton: Shreyas Iyer (103) and Ross Taylor (109*)
Iyer’s newest heroics have seemingly put an finish to the quantity 4 debate for India. A dozen gamers had been tried however none was ready to present the reply till the arrival of Iyer. After a battle of greater than three years, it seems to be like he has lastly solved India’s No. Four riddle together with his maiden century.
This was the first hundred by an India No.4 in an ODI in shut to 16 months. The final batsman to rating 100 batting at No.Four for India was Ambati Rayudu in opposition to West Indies on October 29, 2018.
As for Taylor, he retuned to type with a tremendous century and this was his 21st in the 50-over format. He has now slammed three centuries in opposition to India in ODIs and fourth at this venue.
“It was nice to get across the line. Restricting them under 350 gave us a chance. We were fortunate with the left-right hand combination and we were able to target the short leg-side boundary,” Taylor stated throughout the submit-match presentation
“It’s been a happy hunting ground for me. It was nice to be there at the end after I got out thrice towards the end in the T20 series,” he added.