Blackcaps v India: New Zealand buoyant after historic run chase in Hamilton

The Blackcaps have shrugged off the controversy of coach Gary Stead's absence to end their eight-game losing streak across all formats.

An unbeaten century from Ross Taylor helped the Blackcaps chase a record 348 against India last night to go one-nil up in the three-game series.

It was all smiles in the Blackcaps camp on Thursday, as players and coaches enjoyed their first win as a side in over two months.

"It was a good feeling and a nice way to start the series," said batsman Henry Nicholls, who notched an excellent 78.

Nice might be an understatement.

348 was the highest run chase in New Zealand history, thanks largely to Taylor's mastery at the crease.

Their run-chase showed the maturity that had been missing from their recent T20 series whitewash, reaching the target with 11 balls to spare.

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