India won the three-match Twenty20 International series against New Zealand 1-0. The Men in Blue is playing a three-match ODI series, with the first match played on Friday, November 25 at Eden Park in Auckland. Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan is leading the Men in Blue, while Kane Williamson marshalling the Kiwis.
After being asked to bat, Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer guided Team India to a total of 306 for the loss of seven wickets.
The Men in Blue got off to a flying start, with Dhawan and Shubman Gill both scoring half-centuries and contributing to a 124-run opening stand. Shreyas Iyer, who batted at No. 3, then went on to anchor the innings before being removed for 80 off 76 balls in the last over.
All-rounder Washington Sundar played a cameo of 37 off 16 balls at an impressive strike rate of 231.25 and his fireworks in the death overs helped India cross the 300-run mark. The 23-year-old has made a significant impact with the bat, making a difference of at least 10-20 runs in the team’s total.
Washington’s blazing strike rate broke former India all-rounder Suresh Raina’s record for the fastest 30-plus score by an Indian player in an ODI on New Zealand soil. Earlier, Raina scored at a strike rate of 211.11 when he struck 38 off 18 balls against the Kiwis in the third ODI of the series in 2009. Washington also surpassed Kapil Dev’s strike rate of 206.25.
Highest Strike-Rate For 30+ Score In ODI By An Indian Player On New Zealand Soil:
Washington Sundar- 231.25 (today)
Suresh Raina- 211.11 (2009)
Kapil Dev- 206.25 (1992)
Highest Strike-Rate By Indians In Away ODI Innings (Min 25 Runs):
Washington Sundar – 231.25 vs NZ, today
Vinay Kumar – 225.00 vs ZIM, 2013
Virender Sehwag – 218.18 vs SL, 2005
Yuvraj Singh – 215.62 vs BAN, 2004
Suresh Raina – 211.11 vs NZ, 2009
“It really worked today, it was great to get some runs. I have to let my instincts go through, I also plan my shots, there’s a program. It’s important to get the timing right, along with the power. It’s a par score, if we bowl well we’ll be able to win this,” Washington said after India’s innings was over.