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Report: India vs Sri Lanka (Women) – 1st ODI

Indian eves register seven-wicket win in series opener

With a seven-wicket India Women took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka. With a four-wicket haul, Gouher Sultana starred in the win in the series opener.

Sri Lanka succumbed to the Indian bowlers for 76, after opting to bat first at the at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. Yasoda Mendis was the only batter to reach a double-digit score as the Indian women ran through the opposition line-up in 39.3 overs. Sultana finished with figures of 8-4-4-4, while Jhulan Goswami and Rajeshwari Gayakwad claimed two wickets each. N Niranjana and Sneh Rana chipped in with a wicket apiece to help skittle the opposition out.

Chasing the paltry target, the home team lost both its openers early and was left reeling on 25 for two at one point. But Anagha Deshpande (23) and Mithali Raj took India within reach of the target, until the former was sent back. With the team on 68, Harmanpreet Kaur joined Raj in the middle. They then took the team to victory with Raj remaining an unbeaten 34 and Harmanpreet Kaur on one.

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Stats Highlights: NZ vs Ind, 1st ODI

Kohli clocks 12th ton in run chases in his NZ debut

This was the 89th ODI between India and New Zealand. India have won 46, while New Zealand have emerged victorious on 38 occasions. Five matches have ended in no result.

This was the 30th ODI between India and New Zealand in New Zealand. India have won 10, while New Zealand 18. Two matches ended in no result.

Kane Williamson (71) became the sixth New Zealand batsman to score a 50 in his 50th match, after Geoff Howarth, Bruce Edgar, Chris Cairns, Bryan Young and Hamish Marshall.

Ross Taylor (55), while on 15, completed his 4000 ODI runs. He became the ninth New Zealand batsman to do so. Only Nathan Astle (120) has taken fewer innings than Taylor (121) to reach this milestone.

MS Dhoni’s catch of Ross Taylor earned him his 300th dismissal in ODIs. He became the first Indian and only the fourth wicketkeeper in ODIs to accomplish this feat, after Adam Gilchrist (472), Mark Boucher (424) and Kumar Sangakkara (424).

Mohammed Shami (4/55) returned his best ODI figures, bettering his 3/42 against Australia at Ranchi last year.

Mohammed Shami became the fifth Indian bowler to take four wickets in his first appearance against New Zealand, after Roger Binny (4/41, Perth, 1980), Narendra Hirwani (4/43, Sharjah, 1988), Krish Srikkanth (5/27, Visakhapatnam, 1988) and Ajit Agarkar (4/35, Sharjah, 1998).

Shami’s figures are the best by an Indian bowler bowling for the first time against New Zealand in New Zealand, obliterating Ajit Agarkar’s 3/26 at Christchurch in 2003.

New Zealand’s total of 292 for seven is the highest in New Zealand-India contests at Napier. India had made 273 for four in 2009. New Zealand’s previous highest here against India was 254 for nine in 2002.

Virat Kohli’s ton (123) was:

18th of his ODI career

13th by him at No.3

12th by him in a run chase

11th by him outside India

2nd by him against New Zealand

1st by him in New Zealand

Kohli became the second Indian to score a 100 in his very first innings against New Zealand in New Zealand. The only other Indian to do so is Rahul Dravid (123* at Taupo in 1999).

Kohli’s 12 tons are now the second-most by any batsman in run chases, after Sachin Tendulkar’s 17. Interestingly, Kohli took 69 innings for his 12 hundreds (at an average of 5.75 innings per ton), whereas Sachin’s 17 hundreds came in 232 innings (at an average of 13.65 innings per ton).

Kohli’s innings is the second highest by an Indian batsman in a chase on New Zealand soil, after Virender Sehwag’s 125 at Hamilton in 2009.

Incidentally, it was the first time that Kohli ended on the losing side after scoring a 100 in a chase. India had won on all 11 previous occasions!

Mitchell McClenaghan (4/68) took his sixth four-wicket haul in ODIs. Interestingly, McClenaghan has now taken a four-wicket haul bowling for the first time against SIX opponents out of the seven he has played ODIs against. He took 4/20 against South Africa at Paarl on 19-01-2013, 4/56 against England at Hamilton on 17-02-2013, 4/43 against Sri Lanka at Cardiff on 09-06-2013, 4/65 against Australia at Birmingham on 12-06-2013 and a career best 5/58 against West Indies at Auckland on 26-12-2013. The only team against which McClenaghan failed to pick up a four-wicket haul in his first appearance is Bangladesh.

McClenaghan’s feat of taking a four-wicket haul against six opponents on his first appearance stands out in ODIs. Australia’s Mitchell Starc is the closest to his record, with four-wicket hauls on his first appearance against four opponents.

McClenaghan’s tally of 47 wickets is the second highest by any bowler in ODI history after his first 19 matches. Only Ajantha Mendis (51) managed more wickets in his first 19 games.