India captain Shikhar Dhawan feels his bowlers didn’t execute their plans and bowled too quick to an attacking batter like Tom Latham, who cashed in on the chance to register his career-best ODI rating right here on Friday.
Latham hit an attacking unbeaten 145 off 104 balls whereas skipper Kane Williamson struck an unconquered 94 off 98 deliveries as New Zealand chased down India’s 307-run goal with seven wickets in hand and 17 balls to spare to take a 1-0 lead within the three-match sequence. The second ODI might be performed in Hamilton on Sunday.
“We felt good with the total. The ball was seaming in the first 15 overs. This ground is a bit different than other grounds. We bowled a lot on a short of a length, and Latham attacked. We misfielded on a few balls,” a upset Dhawan stated.
“But as I said, we were quite short to Latham, and that’s where he took the game away. He hit four boundaries in the 40th over, and that’s where the game shifted. Surely lots of learning for the boys.” New Zealand skipper Williamson stated Latham performed a particular knock on the Eden Park, the place something is chaseable due to the scale of the sq. boundaries.
“It was a aggressive complete. If you construct partnerships right here at Eden Park, you may chase something. Incredible innings from Tom Latham.
“On these drop-in pitches, you bowl full and straight, and it can be difficult. It was one of the most special ODI knocks I have seen. You are always in the game with the dimensions,” Williamson stated.
“Spin played a big role today. The seamers did an excellent job. There were moments when we put them under pressure. Nice to make a contribution, and with Tommy going the way he was, it was about complementing,” he added.
Man of the Match Latham felt it was a type of days when the whole lot went based on his plans.
“Just one of those days when everything comes off. Having a bit of fun in the end…It was nice to put the ball in the gaps and run hard. I guess the preparation has been nice,” he stated.
“Washington Sundar was getting a bit of turn. Small ground, so you can capitalise in the end. Nice partnership with Kane, who played beautifully.”