Indian Cricket Team had won the toss & elected to bat first in the 1st ODI against New Zealand. The hosts were rock-hard early Virat Kohli & Rohit Sharma weren’t able to trouble the scorers this time. Shubman Gill, the right-handed batter was looking ominous and showed great mental application.
Shubman Gill smashed a consecutive scintillating century. The batter formed crucial partnerships with Suryakumar Yadav & Hardik Pandya. The batter was toying with the bowlers with his brisk stroke play and made sure to rotate the strike on a consistent basis.
Comical Run Out of Shardul Thakur
India’s score at the end of 46 overs India’s score was 299-6 where Shubman Gill was on 168 runs in 135 balls whereas Shardul Thakur scored 1 run in 1 ball. Lockie Ferguson was bowling the 47th over, and on the 4th ball of the over, Shubman Gill played a cover drive where there was massive confusion between him & Shardul Thakur where Shardul sacrificed his wicker. India’s score at that time was 302-7.
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Uphill Task for New Zealand
The Black Caps would be well aware of the fact that they need the top order to get big runs under his belt. The opener Devon Conway will have to play a long and effective inning for the team as most likely he will have to play the role of anchor. At the same time, he has a knack for playing long & effective innings for the team.
A lot will depend on how Tom Latham fires as in the absence of Kane Williamson, he will have to guide the batters in the tricky phase of middle overs. There are chances that New Zealand may promote Glenn Phillips up the order as he can play a breezy cameo for the team.