4 Mar 2009

India impressive in first one dayer

6:35 am on 4 March 2009

The Indian cricketers lived up to their reputation in last night's first one day international in Napier with a 53-run win over New Zealand in a rain-shortened match.

India rebounded from their two Twenty20 losses to run up 273 for four from just 38 overs after their innings was interrupted by rain for two and a half hours.

Under the Duckworth-Lewis system, New Zealand's target was revised to 216 off 28 overs following a second heavy downpour and they could only muster 162 for nine.

The Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, named man of the match, made an unbeaten 84 opener Virender Shewag blasted 77 and left-hander Suresh Raina a quickfire 66.

The in-form Martin Guptil led the Black Caps batting effort with 64 and Ross Taylor made 31.

Captain Daniel Vettori said it was a disappointing effort right from the start.

Game two in the five match series is in Wellington on Friday.