Ross Taylor fronted a brutal batting assault against India in the ODI series opener in Hamilton. Set a daunting task of chasing down the gargantuan 348-run target, Taylor starred with an outstanding century to set up a record chase for the Black Caps.
New Zealand were behind the asking rate for a major part of their batting innings but Taylor and Tom Latham’s ballistic stand for the fourth wicket provided the impetus to surmount the tall target. Taylor spanked four sixes and 10 boundaries in his breathtaking batting exhibition as he bullied the Indian bowlers mercilessly.
The veteran middle-order batter racked up 109 off 84 balls, striking at a rapid rate to consign India to their first defeat on the tour of New Zealand. He fittingly hit the winning runs in the enthralling contest and celebrated his team’s victory by earning the player of the match prize.