India crush Kiwis by 8 wickets

India beat New Zealand in an ODI in New Zealand for the first time since 2009 after Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Yuzvendra Chahal starred with the ball in the first match of the five-ODI series in Napier. Set only 158 to win, India got home with 14.1 overs and 8 wickets to spare.

Entering the five-match rubber following maiden Test and ODI series triumphs in Australia, India signaled their intent with a clinical display, which saw them chase down a revised target of 156 by eights wickets in 34.5 overs.

Rohit Sharma fell cheaply in a modest chase but Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan ensured India went 1-0 in the series without much fuss. Well, there was a bizarre stoppage in play and that was possibly the only moment of high drama in a game which was expected to produce some fireworks.

At the end of the day, India celebrated their first ODI win against the hosts in New Zealand. The last win had come in Hamilton back in 2009. Between Hamilton 2009 and Napier 2019, India played New Zealand in New Zealand in six ODIs and lost five of those. One was tied.

India were comfortably placed at 44 for one when, in a bizarre turn of events, players walked off the ground after dinner because the setting sun made it difficult for them to spot the ball at McLean park.This led to an interruption that has never been seen in international cricket before.

Because of the nearly half-an-hour delay, the target was revised to 156 in 49 overs, which the visitors chased without much ado.

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