A sensational double ton by Shubman Gill and a top-class bowling effort by Mohammad Siraj that topped Michael Bracewell’s heroic ton and partnership with Mitchell Santner helped India overcome a late onslaught by the two all-rounders and seal a 12-run win over New Zealand. Hyderabad in the first match of the three-match series on Wednesday.
As a result, India lead 1-0 against New Zealand.
Interestingly, it turned out to be a thrilling encounter and fans took to Twitter to express their views on it. Here are some responses:
— Pranjal Deka Pranank Janal Dey (@pranjalslash) January 19, 2023
Michael Bracewell is one of the most destructive batsmen in the world. Dropping him from their T20 squad in the WC was one of the worst selection mistakes I’ve ever seen.
As a bowler he is slightly weaker than Sodhi, at worst. NZL bats up to 6 or 7 and pays the price.
— Prabhat (@Mukherjee) January 19, 2023
Had Michael Bracewell won for New Zealand, it would have been the best finish in ODIs.
— Cricklover (@MakingMistake) January 19, 2023
India beat New Zealand by 12 runs in a crunch high-scoring encounter. What a wonderful performance by Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj Jai Ho ♥️ pic.twitter.com/jpNKmiRdnH
— Aparna Sodagum (@aparnadharmend3) January 19, 2023
Chasing 350, New Zealand bowled their opener Devon Conway for just 10 off 16 balls. Mohammad Siraj won gold again for the Men in Blue in the opening over. Kiwis 28/1 in 5.4 overs.
After that, openers Finn Allen and Henry Nicholls forged a partnership that took New Zealand beyond the mandatory Powerplay 10 overs. After 10 overs, New Zealand are 42/1 with Allen (17*) and Nicholls (10*).
Shardul Thakur built a 42-run partnership with substitute fielder Shahbaz Ahmed with a superb catch at deep midwicket to dismiss Allen for 40 off 39 balls.
Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav’s spell put the visitors in bigger trouble when Nicholls (18*) and Darryl Mitchell (9*) were sent back quickly. The Kiwis slumped to 89/4 in 17.4 overs.
New Zealand crossed the 100-run mark in 21.4 overs and captain Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips had to form a partnership. But Mohammed Shami broke Phillips’ stumps when he was 11 off 20 balls. The Kiwis were half bowled for 110 runs.
Siraj picked up his second wicket of the match, sending back captain Latham for 24 off 46 balls. NZ were 131/6 at this point.
However, all-rounders Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner turned the tide for the Kiwis. Both the batsmen took the Indian bowlers on the attack. Bracewell scored his half-century off just 31 balls. Santner acted as anchor from another point.
The Indian bowlers found it difficult to deal with Bracewell’s sheer power-hitting and the pair brought up their 50-run stand and then the 100-run stand with ease. The Kiwis reached the 200-run score in 36.3 overs while they reached 250 in 40.3 overs.
Bracewell scored a half-century off just 57 balls. Bracewell-Santner scored their 150 off just 90 balls.
But Bracewell continued to strike at the other end to keep the Kiwis alive. They needed 24 runs in the last two overs.
Pandya cheered the Indians once again, as he dismissed Lockie Ferguson for just seven runs. New Zealand were 328/9 and needed 22 off nine balls.
Kiwis need 20 runs to be bowled by Shardul Thakur in the last over. Thakur didn’t get off to a good start as he hit a six off the first ball. However, he dismissed Bracewell to give his side a 12-run win.
Bracewell scored a magnificent 140 off just 78 balls with 12 fours and 10 sixes, but failed to win the match for his side.
Siraj was again an outstanding bowler, taking 4/46 in 10 overs. Kuldeep Yadav and Shardul took two wickets and Pandya and Shami took one each.
Earlier, Shubman Gill entered the record books with his maiden double century against New Zealand to take India to 349/8.
(with ANI input)