Trent Boult Comes Up With an Unusual Shot, Rohit Sharma can’t Stop Laughing
New Zealand produced an underwhelming performance with the bat as the hosts were crushed by eight wickets in the first ODI at McLean Park in Napier on Wednesday.
During the 37th over of the Kiwi innings, Boult tried to come down the track to Chahal but the spinner changes the length of the delivery in the last minute. Boult had to change his shot and that is what caused the batsman to play the bizarre defensive shot.
The batsman had no clues whatsoever against the spinner and was forced to apply hilarious footwork while trying to defend the ball, having realized that he was in no position to hit it over the top, leaving Rohit in splits.
Rohit, standing at first slip, just couldn't stop laughing with the commentators also finding the shot amusing.
After being dismissed for 157 in 38 overs, New Zealand just didn't have enough firepower to stop the Indian batsman.
While Rohit (11) departed early that didn't hamper India's chase with skipper Virat Kohli (45) and Shikhar Dhawan (75 not out) stringing together a partnership of 91 runs for the second wicket.
Kohli fell to Lockie Ferguson but India easily reached the revised target of 156 in 34.5 overs with eight wickets in hand.
Spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal delivered a spin bowling masterclass, mesmerizing New Zealand with six wickets between them, while Mohammed Shami claimed three as the hosts folded for a mere 157 with 12 overs to spare.
The second ODI of the five-match series will be played at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Saturday.