The Men in Blue were on song after the bowlers bundled out hosts New Zealand for a paltry score of 157 and going on to win the 1st ODI in Napier by 8 wickets.
India produced cricket of the calibre that has become synonymous with Virat Kohli's men to crush New Zealand in the first ODI but a bizarre and unprecedented sun-induced interruption overshadowed the on-field action on Wednesday.
However, post-match, the fans got to see MS Dhoni at his 'mischievous' best along with skipper Virat Kohli. The duo were seen on a self-balancing hoverboard. Take a look.
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Entering the five-match rubber following maiden Test and ODI series triumphs in Australia, India signalled their intent with a clinical display, which saw them chase down a revised target of 156 by eights wickets in 34.5 overs.
On a near-perfect day, the only thing that didn't go their way was the toss. But India made light of that by bowling out the home team for a paltry 157 in 38 overs.
Wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful bowler, returning figures of 4/39 in 10 overs, while seamer Mohammed Shami finished with an excellent 3/19 in six overs. There were also two wickets for leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
The Men in Blue will now aim to continue their dominating run in the 2nd ODI against the Blackaps, which begins January 26 in Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.