Shikhar Dhawan, the captain of India’s batting team, believes that his team’s bowlers did not execute their plans and bowled too short to an attacking batter like Tom Latham, who capitalised on the opportunity to register his career-best ODI score here on Friday. Latham’s score was a career-best for him in one-day internationals.
New Zealand successfully chased down India’s 307-run total with seven wickets in hand and 17 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Latham smashed an attacking unbeaten 145 off 104 balls, and Kane Williamson struck an unconquered 94 off 98 deliveries. On Sunday, the second One-Day International will be played in Hamilton.
“We were pleased with how the total turned out. During the first 15 overs, the seam on the ball was turning. This ground is somewhat distinctive in comparison to other grounds. Latham went on the offensive despite the fact that we bowled quite a few overs on shorter lengths. “We made some fielding errors on a few of the balls,” a disheartened Shikhar Dhawan explained.
“However, as I’ve already mentioned, we were fairly short to Latham, and that’s when he stole the game away from us. In the 40th over, he hit four boundaries, and that proved to be the turning point in the game. The lads will undoubtedly take in a great deal of information.
Williamson, the captain of the New Zealand cricket team, commented that Latham played an unique knock at Eden Park, which is a venue where anything can be chased due to the proportions of the square boundaries.
“It was a respectable sum all things considered. If you establish relationships with other people while you’re at Eden Park, you can accomplish anything. Tom Latham put in an outstanding performance.
When bowling on these drop-in pitches, you must bowl full and straight, which might be challenging. It was one of the most impressive one-day international knocks that I have ever witnessed. When it comes to the dimensions, you are never out of the game,” Williamson explained.
“Spin was a major factor in today’s game. The seamen did an outstanding job on the ship. There were times when we were able to exert some pressure on them. It was great to be able to make a contribution, and with Tommy performing at the level he was, it was all about complimenting,” he said.
Champion of the Contest Latham had the impression that it was one of those days in which everything worked out exactly as he had planned.
“It’s just been one of those days when everything just falls apart. Having some lighthearted fun at the very end… It was fun to work the ball through the holes and push myself to my limits. “I guess it’s been wonderful to have some time to prepare,” he remarked.
“Washington Sundar was starting to feel his turn coming on. You only need a small amount of ground in order to capitalise in the end. Nice working relationship with Kane, who displayed excellent playing.