Twitter Reacts As Shubman Gill's Double Hundred Guides India To A 12-Run Win Over New Zealand In Thrilling Hyderabad ODI
Twitter Reacts As Shubman Gill's Double Hundred Guides India To A 12-Run Win Over New Zealand In Thrilling Hyderabad ODI

The first ODI of the three-match series between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and the Tom Latham-led New Zealand National Cricket Team was played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad on Wednesday, January 18.

India National Cricket Team registered a 12-run victory over New Zealand National Cricket Team in the nail-biting match to take a 1-0 lead in the series. The second ODI will be played at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur on Saturday, January 21.

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India National Cricket Team won the toss and elected to bat first in the match. They made three big changes to the playing XI, with KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Axar Patel being replaced by Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur and Ishan Kishan. There was no place for express pacer Umran Malik in the playing XI.

New Zealand National Cricket Team also made three big changes to the playing XI as Kane Williamson, Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi were unavailable for selection.

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Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (PC-AP)
Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill (PC-AP)

The opening duo of Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill once again provided India with a good start in the match and at the end of the first powerplay they were at 52/0.

Kiwi pacer Blair Tickner broke the opening stand in the 13th over, dismissing captain Rohit. The 35-year-old scored 34 runs off 38 balls, smashing 4 fours and 2 sixes, and batted with a strike rate of 89.47.

The in-form Virat Kohli was unable to play a big knock as he was castled for 8 by Mitchell Santner in the 16th over and the wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan was cleaned up by Lockie Ferguson for 5 in the 20th over.

Then, Shubman Gill and Suryakumar Yadav stitched together brilliant 65 runs off 53 balls. Although Suryakumar Yadav got dismissed by Daryl Mitchell for 31 in the 29th over, Shubman Gill completed his third ODI ton in the next over off just 87 balls.

The Punjab-born batter kept batting brilliantly and he stood strong at one end. Shubman Gill added 74 runs in 67 balls with Hardik Pandya, who was controversially declared out by the third umpire, 43 runs in 32 balls with Washington Sundar, 10 runs in 10 balls with Shardul Thakur and 43 runs in 16 balls with Kuldeep Yadav.

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Shubman Gill (PC-AP)

In the 49th over, Gill hit three consecutive sixes to Lockie Ferguson to bring up his double century. He reached the spectacular milestone off 145 balls, including 19 fours and 8 sixes. He was dismissed by Henry Shipley on the second ball of the 50th over and the young batting sensation slammed amazing 208 runs off 149 balls, including 19 fours and 9 sixes.

Shubman Gill’s stupendous knock combined with decent contributions by Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya helped India post a mammoth total of 349/8 on the board.

Defending the target, Mohammed Siraj once again got the breakthrough for his side in the first powerplay. He dismissed dangerous Devon Conway for 10 in the 6th over.

Opener Finn Allen played an aggressive brand of cricket and was trying to build a big partnership with Henry Nicholls before Rohit Sharma introduced partnership-breaker Shardul Thakur, who went on to dismiss Allen for 40.

After that, left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav cleaned up Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell while Mohammed Shami sent back Glenn Phillips. Kiwi captain Tom Latham, who has got an outstanding record against India, was dismissed for 24 by Mohammed Siraj in the 29th over and the Black Caps were reduced to 131/6.

Then came something that India wouldn’t have expected as Michael Bracewell showcased batting brilliance under tremendous pressure and stitched up a remarkable partnership with Mitchell Santner. The duo also exposed India’s inability to bag wickets in the end overs.

The local lad Mohammed Siraj finally broke the terrific 162-run stand between the Kiwi all-rounders by dismissing Mitchell Santner in the 46th over. Santner smashed brilliant 57 runs off 45 balls, including 7 fours and 1 six.

In the end, the one-man-army Michael Bracewell’s valiant effort went in vain as he was cleaned up by Shardul Thakur’s stunning yorker on the second ball of the 50th over after smashing a six on the first ball. Michael Bracewell smashed spectacular 140 runs off 78 balls, including 12 fours and 10 sixes.

Michael Bracewell
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