Mohammad Siraj shone brightly in front of its home crowd in Hyderabad as Team India beat New Zealand by 12 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the ongoing ODI series. The Indian pacer picked up 4 wickets in his fiery spell in front of his home crowd, as his family and friends flocked to the venue to cheer him on.
The 28-year-old conceded just 46 runs in his 10 overs and had the best economy among all Indian bowlers at 4.60 in the first ODI. After the match, BCCI shared a video of Mohammad Siraj’s family and friends wishing him well after his brilliant performance.
Mohammad Siraj’s mother is hopeful that the pacer will make it to the World Cup 2023 Indian squad
Mohammad Siraj’s mother, Shabana Begum was also present at the venue and is hopeful that her son will make it to the Indian squad for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023. As local boy Hyderabad’s Mohammed Siraj ran to the ball, his game-changing 10-2 spell of 46-4, mother Shabana Begum barely moved; He was deeply engrossed in prayer.
“I want to thank Allah and hope Siraj continues to shine for India. Hopefully, he can continue his performance and make the World Cup squad,” he said.
The video also features many of Mohammad Siraj’s friends with whom he played cricket wishing the Indian pacer all the best for his future. During the game, Mohammad Siraj showed how valuable he is for India as his four wickets helped India win the first ODI by 12 runs. Apart from 46 wickets in 15 Tests, Mohammad Siraj also took 37 wickets in 20 ODIs and 11 wickets in eight T20Is.
Mohammad Siraj made his ODI debut in January 2019 but played sporadically in 20 ODIs where he picked up 37 scalps at an average of 21 with figures of 4/32 in the 3rd inconsistent ODI against Sri Lanka. He had an outstanding 2022 in ODIs where he picked up 24 scalps in 15 games at an average of 23.46. In 2023, he has 13 scalps in 4 ODIs at an average of just 10.62. His economy rate in ODIs is just 4.72.
Shubman Gill scored 208 before Michael Bracewell’s 140 almost guided New Zealand to victory.
Chasing 350 to win, Michael Bracewell’s knock of 140 almost guided the visitors to victory but they fell short of the finish line courtesy of the Indian bowlers. A solid partnership between Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner kept New Zealand in the hunt. The pair added 162 runs for the seventh wicket, with Mitchell Santner scoring 57 off 45 balls.
Despite losing his partner, Michael Bracewell kept things going and was the last person to leave. Chasing 350, he was trapped lbw in the last over with Shardul Thakur’s 78-ball 140 as New Zealand trailed by 12 runs.
Captain before the game Rohit Sharma Won the toss and elected to bat first, as he and Shubman Gill started steadily. The ‘hitman’ scored 34 runs as the second highest run scorer on the day, behind Shubman Gill, whose brilliant performance saw the youngster score 208 off just 149 balls.
Shubman Gill extended his free-scoring run and scored a sensational double century, becoming the youngest in the world to do so in ODIs. His magnificent 208 took India to 349/8 off just 149 balls. Shubman Gill hit 19 fours and 9 sixes in his scintillating sixes.
He completed his 200 with a hat-trick of sixes in the 49th over. At the age of 23, Shubman Gill is the fifth Indian male cricketer to register an ODI double century. He also recorded the highest individual score in an ODI against New Zealand.
Later, the two teams will travel to Raipur for the second ODI, as India will look to win the series after beating Sri Lanka earlier to seal the series, while the Black Caps will look to bounce back. Get back to winning ways.
Brief score: India 349/8 (Shubman Gill 208, Rohit Sharma 34; Daryl Mitchell 2-30) to win against New Zealand: 337 (Michael Bracewell 140, Mitchell Santner 57, Mohammad Siraj 4/46).