Napier: India cricket captain Virat Kohli missed out on a half-century during the first ODI against New Zealand here on Wednesday.
Despite this, Shikhar Dhawan ensured that the Men in Blue would cross the finish line to lead the five-match series 1-0.
The ‘run-machine’ Kohli is known to have created and broken numerous batting records, and he did so once more when he broke into the top-10 ODI run-getters, surpassing West Indies great Brian Lara. Kohli, with 10430 ODI runs, went past Lara’s record of 10405 runs.
A match billed as a runfest was turned upside-down by India's spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal on Wednesday, as New Zealand were crushed by eight wickets in the first one-day international in Napier.
Yadav and Chahal delivered a spin bowling masterclass, mesmerising New Zealand with six wickets between them, while Mohammed Shami claimed three as New Zealand folded for a mere 157 with 12 overs to spare.
The target was reduced by two runs and one over for India following a 30-minute break when the setting sun blinded the eyes of players and umpires.
But the interruption made no difference to Shikhar Dhawan, who was unbeaten on 75 after leading India to mow down the target in 34.5 overs.
The second match in the five-match series is on Saturday in Mount Maunganui....