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Tim Southee reaches a special milestone after taking the 200th ODI wicket for the Kiwis

Tim Southee, New Zealand’s bowling spearhead, picked up his 200th wicket in the 50-over format in the first ODI against India at Eden Park in Auckland. Southee reached the landmark in the 25th over of India’s innings, when he returned for his second stint and picked out the opposition captain Shikhar Dhawan, who batted brilliantly for his 77-ball 72.

Southee’s dismissal made him the sixth New Zealand bowler to reach 200 ODI wickets, joining Chris Cairns, Chris Harris, Kyle Mills, and Daniel Vettori. He also surpassed Cairns’ ODI wicket count of 200 after finishing with 3 for 73 in 10 overs.

With 202 wickets, he is only two wickets away from surpassing Chris Harris’ record of 203 scalps and is poised to overtake Chris Harris as New Zealand’s third-highest ODI wicket-taker shortly.

Southee also made history by being the first bowler to take 300 or more wickets in Tests, 200 or more wickets in ODIs, and 100 or more wickets in T20Is. The 33-year-old has 347 wickets in the lengthier format and is the highest wicket scorer in T20Is overall with 134.

Despite losing the toss, India finished strong, posting an outstanding total of 306 in their 50 overs against the Black Caps. The opening partnership of 124 gave the Indian innings a perfect start, as both Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill struck half-centuries. Shreyas Iyer, who batted at three, was India’s highest scorer with 80 off 76 balls, while Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav were both bowled early.

Sanju Samson’s 36-ball 36 and Washington Sundar’s 37-ball 37 helped India surpass 300 runs.