India thrash sorry New Zealand in ODI opener


India handed out a thrashing to New Zealand in the opening match of their one-day international series, winning by six wickets with 101 balls to spare.

The tourists were whitewashed in the three-match Test series and Sunday's 50-over contest only piled further misery on them, with Virat Kohli (85 not out) doing much of the damage.

Bowled out for 190 in just the 44th over, the Black Caps could not make a fist of it with the ball in hand as India opener Ajinkya Rahane (33) laid the platform for a convincing home win.

There were early warning signs that the match would not be one to enjoy for the southern hemisphere side, with Martin Guptill dismissed for 12 in the second over.

Wickets fell at an alarming rate, leaving New Zealand reeling on 65-7 as only Tom Latham (79 not out) provided any kind of top-order resistance.

Kane Williamson's tame surrender for just three to Umesh Yadav (2-31) typified their wastefulness and it was left to an unlikely source to show the rest of the team how it should be done.

Tim Southee's previous ODI best was 32, but he sensed the urgency and, batting at number 10, smashed 55 off 45 deliveries to help restore a modicum of pride.

But the total was never likely to be enough and India quickly set about underlining that fact.

Rahane scored briskly, his tally including four fours and two sixes, while Rohit Sharma's more ponderous knock was ended when Doug Bracewell trapped him lbw for 14.

James Neesham ended Rahane's fun, encouraging him to play at a ball that was a long way outside off, the batsman picking out a diving Luke Ronchi to leave India 90-2.

It was merely a blip for the hosts, who lost just two more wickets on the way to a dominant triumph fittingly sealed by Kohli's six, with the right-hander having already chalked up nine fours.