Indian Cricket Team had won the toss & elected to bowl first at Ranchi. The Black Caps posted a challenging target of 177 runs where Devon Conway & Daryl Mitchell struck half-centuries. Washington Sundar was the pick of the bowlers as the right-arm off-spinner took 2 wickets and gave away 22 runs in his 4 overs spell.
The left-arm speedster Arshdeep Singh would be quite dejected with his performance as he gave away 51 runs & took 1 wicket in his 4 overs spell out of which 27 runs came off his last over (20th over of the match). The skipper Hardik Pandya should have persisted with Umran Malik as the bowler conceded 16 runs in his solitary over.
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Michael Bracewell thrashes Ishan Kishan’s Stumps
Shubman Gill & Ishan Kishan scored 5 runs in the very first over of India’s innings. Michael Bracewell was given the 2nd over; on the 3rd ball of the over, the spinner went around the wicket and bowled a peach off a delivery to Ishan Kishan where he bowled around middle & leg stump and cleaned up Ishan Kishan’s stumps. India’s score at that time was 10-1.
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Crucial Phase for India
New Zealand has got 3 quality spinners present in their side in the form of Mitchell Santner, Michael Bracewell & Ish Sodhi. It won’t be wrong to say that the Black Caps hold a slight edge in this match as so far there has been no significant dew.
India needs to make sure that they play out power-play overs without losing two many overs. All eyes would be on Suryakumar Yadav, as scoring on this pitch won’t be easy. India should make sure that they take the game deep as we witnessed how Black Caps scored 59 runs in the last 5 overs.
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