Tom Latham leads New Zealand to victory in India with a career-best 145 in the first one-day international | Cricket news

Tom Latham hit a career-best 145 not out and put on a marathon stand with captain Kane Williamson to guide New Zealand to a seven-wicket win against India in the first one-day international in Auckland on Friday.

Williamson finished unbeaten on 94 after adding 221 runs with Latham as New Zealand chased down a target of 307 for the loss of just three wickets with 17 balls to spare.

Latham, who was named player of the match, whose 104-ball knock included five sixes and 19 fours.

New Zealand's Tom Latham plays against India in their one-day international cricket match in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday, Nov.  25, 2022. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)
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Latham scored 221 runs with Black Caps captain Kane Williamson in an unbroken partnership for the fourth wicket.

Earlier, India’s top three batsmen had each escaped with individual half-centuries before Washington Sundar gave them a late flourish with an unbeaten 37 off 16 balls to take them to 306-7 at Eden Park.

The visitors got off to a good start with captain Shikhar Dhawan (72) and Shubman Gill (50) putting on 124 for the first wicket in 23 overs.

Lockie Ferguson broke the opening stand and dismissed Gill and in the next over Tim Southee (3-73) sent back Dhawan, who leads a depleted Indian side without senior batsmen including captain Rohit Sharma.

Ferguson (3-59) dismissed Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav in the same match before Shreyas Iyer (80) and Sanju Samson (36) powered India to 94 runs.

Sundar hit three sixes and as many fours to take India, who won the previous T20 series between the teams, past the 300 mark.

New Zealand's Tom Latham celebrates his century against India during their one-day international cricket match in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday Nov.  25, 2022. (Andrew Cornaga/Photosport via AP)
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Tom Latham celebrates his century

New Zealand openers Finn Allen (22) and Devon Conway (24) were unable to build on their starts and Daryl Mitchell made 11 before becoming Umran Malik’s second victim of the match.

Williamson anchored the chase while Latham turned the game on its head in the 40th over when he hit Shardul Thakur for a six and four fours in a row en route to a 76-ball century.

Hamilton hosts the second ODI of the three-match series on Sunday.

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