Thursday, March 23, 2023

IND vs NZ 1st ODI: Bracewell’s stormy innings after Shubman Gill’s double century … India barely won against New Zealand

India defeated New Zealand by 12 runs in the match played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Chasing the target of 350 runs in this ODI, the New Zealand team was reduced to 337 runs in 49.2 overs. With this victory, India took a 1-0 lead in the ODI series. The heroes of Team India’s victory were Shubman Gill and Mohammad Siraj. Shubman Gill played an unmatched inning of 208 runs, while fast bowler Siraj took four wickets. The second match of the series will be played on January 21 in Raipur.

If seen, the first ODI match was full of ups and downs and at one time the Indian team was in a lot of trouble. Two Kiwi batsmen Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner created problems for India. For a time, the Kiwi team, which had lost six wickets for 131 runs, was brought back into the match by these two batsmen. There was a 162-run partnership for the seventh wicket between Bracewell and Santner. Due to the partnership of both, New Zealand had scored 293 runs for six wickets in 45.3 overs at one time and its victory was also visible.

But Mohammad Siraj dismissed Mitchell Santner on the fourth ball of the 46th over and Henry Shipley on the next ball, forcing the Indian fans in the ground to dance. Eight wickets had fallen but Michael Bracewell’s stormy batting continued and he was hitting sixes and fours from one end. The result was that the match reached the last over.

That last over of Shardul Thakur…

20 runs were needed in the last over and the Kiwi team had one wicket left. In this critical situation, Captain Rohit Sharma entrusted the responsibility to Shardul Thakur. Bracewell hit a six on the first ball of the last over. Then the next ball was wide, due to which 13 had to be made in four balls. The match could have gone anywhere from here but Shardul gave India the win by getting Bracewell out LBW on an excellent yorker.

Michael Bracewell scored an innings of 140 runs off 78 balls, which included 12 fours and ten sixes, before being dismissed as the last batsman. At the same time, Mitchell Santner contributed 57 runs. Santner hit seven fours and a six in an innings of 45 balls, Mohammad Siraj took the maximum four wickets from India. At the same time, Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav took two wickets each.

Gill became the player of the match

Talking about the Indian team, it scored 349 runs for eight wickets in the stipulated overs. Shubman Gill played an inning of 208 runs in 149 balls, which included 19 fours and 9 sixes. Apart from Gill, captain Rohit Sharma contributed 34 and Suryakumar Yadav contributed 31 runs. For New Zealand, Henry Shipley and Daryl Mitchell took two wickets each. Gill was the eighth batsman in the world and the fifth overall to score a double century in ODIs. Gill was chosen as the player of the match.

Double century in One Day International:
200* Sachin Tendulkar, 2010
219 Virender Sehwag, 2011
209 Rohit Sharma, 2013
264 Rohit Sharma, 2014
215 Chris Gayle, 2015
237* Martin Guptill, 2015
208* Rohit Sharma, 2017
210* Fakhar Zaman, 2018
210 Ishan Kishan, 2022
208 Shubman Gill, 2023


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