Big-hitting Anderson belts New Zealand to 292-7
Corey Anderson of New Zealand bats during the first one day international cricket match between New Zealand and India at McLean Park in Napier on January 19, 2014 - by Marty Melville
Anderson, the recently installed world record holder for the fastest ODI century, cracked an unbeaten 68, including four sixes and three fours, off 40 balls.
In partnership with Luke Ronchi, the pair belted 66 in 37 deliveries for the sixth wicket to give a timely boost to the total when New Zealand were heading for a below par score on a batsman's wicket.
For India, playing against Anderson for the first time, it was a quick lesson in the power of the 23-year-old who three weeks ago took just 36 balls to hit a century against the West Indies.
Against India, two of his sixes went out of the ground in a sustained batting attack at the tail of the innings that was in contrast to the brief slog at the top by Jesse Ryder and Martin Guptill.
Ryder raced to 18 and Guptill hit a more pedestrian eight off 23 deliveries before both were removed by Mohammed Shami.
At 32-2, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor had the task of rebuilding the New Zealand innings and they applied almost Test-match dedication.
Such was their low-risk approach, when Williamson whipped Ishant Sharma through midwicket for four with the second ball of the 15th over it was New Zealand's first boundary in 85 deliveries.
The run rate that reached eight an over when Guptill and Ryder were briefly together had by that stage slumped to 3.57.
It was back up to 4.63 after the 33rd over when Ravindra Jadeja broke the 121-run third wicket partnership with the removal of Williamson for 71.
Taylor, who hit only one boundary in his 55 off 82 balls, followed soon after attempting to lash out at the start of the power play and was caught behind by MS Dhoni to give Sharma his third wicket.
When Brendon McCullum departed for 30 New Zealand were 213-5 with eight overs remaining before Anderson was unleashed on the Indian attack.
He distorted Shami's figures who finished with four for 55 of which 19 runs came off one over in which Anderson hit two fours and a six while Ronchi added a four and a single.
MORE REGIONAL NEWS
Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn
World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell was famously ignored by commuters when he busked incognito on the Washington Metro in 2007 but on Tuesd... More World-renowned violinist Joshua Bell was famously ignored by commuters when he busked incognito on the Washington Metro in 2007 but on Tuesday he was publicly invited back to the city's Union Station, where he gave a free concert. Duration: 01:02
Date 2 hrs ago, Duration 1:01, Views 15