The first ODI of the three-match series between India and New Zealand was played at the Hyderabad stadium yesterday. Both the teams put on fireworks in the batting. Subman Gill’s double century.. Bracewell’s century, Siraj’s excellent bowling, the entire game was staged as a sensational penny collection match. In the end, the Indian team fought hard and won by 12 runs.
India won the toss and elected to bat. Accordingly, Rohit – Subman Gill joined the field as starters. After 6 overs, India scored 35/0, then Subman Gill started his game. India were 60/0 at the end of 12 overs with a considerable amount of boundaries coming from both. Blair Tickner came to bowl the 13th over. Facing the first ball, Rohit tried to toss it, Daryl Mitchell caught it straight, Rohit was out for 34 runs. Then, just before the game warmed up, in the 16th over, Mitchell Chandner was posted off the 2nd ball, the wicket. With 8 runs scored, Kohli failed to predict Sandner’s excellent spin ball and got out. Ishan Kishan came into action. India score was 91/2 at the end of 16 overs. Gill completed his half-century with a six off the 5th ball of the 19th over. Kishan also departed in the 20th over. India scored 114/3 at the end of 20 overs. Then, Gill – Suryakumar took the game in the right direction and the runs rose at the right rate.
Occasional boundaries also came significantly. Both had good flow and rotation. Suryakumar also lost his wicket in the 29th over and was out for 31 runs. India were 175/4 at the end of 28.3 overs. But,
Subman Gill used to exclaim “single path, single game”. He also completed his century in the 3rd ball of the 30th over (14 fours / 2 sixes).
Hardik’s game was a little wobbly. But with Gill at the other end, Chubman was making good use of it and accumulating runs. Gill’s boundary in the 4th ball of the 33rd over took the India score to 201/4, while on the other hand Subman Gill achieved another feat by crossing 1000 runs in ODIs in 19 innings. On the 4th ball of the 40th over, Hardik was declared “out” by the third umpire in a bolted fashion in a somewhat chaotic environment. But did the ball hit the stumps? No. Did the keeper hand over and bail out? In hindsight, it may not seem like a clear cut conclusion. Gill crossed the 150 mark with his six in the 43rd over (twice Gill missed the catch, could have caught it then !). In the last ball of the 45th over, Thakur was run out due to a miscommunication before the wicket of Washington Sundar. Gill walks out for a wicket, giving up his wicket. Then Gill – Kuldeep joined, a slight dip in the run accumulation, Gill also got a bit tired.
In the 49th over, Etty reached his double century with 3 sixes following the 18 runs required for his double century off Ferguson’s over, Subman Gill. It included 19 fours and 8 sixes. Why is he in good form like Ruthuraj, Kishan, Suryakumar? Gill responded to the question with his double century.
Then he hit a six off the first ball of the 50 over, and Shipley was out for 208 off the very next ball with a brilliant catch from Phillip. India finally scored 349 runs for the loss of 8 wickets at the end of 50 overs. New Zealand set a target of 350 runs.
Allan-Conway were the openers for New Zealand. In the beginning, Shami-Siraj’s bowling was not up to the mark. But Siraj, who showed his full potential in the 6th over, showed his dominance in the powerplay as usual. In the fourth ball of the 6th over, Conway’s unexpectedly pulled shot ball became his wicket. Scored 28/1 at the end of 6 overs, New Zealand. After that, the Indian bowlers began to dominate, with Shami’s 7th over and Siraj’s 8th over both maiden singles, and the score remained 28/1 at the end of eight overs. Then, calmly Henry Nichols picked up the pace.
Allan and boundaries in Hardik’s 11th over, smashing sixes to top the score, were blocked by Kuldeep with his spin. The pressure for no runs reverberated on the field. In the 13th over, Finn Allen was dismissed by Shardul Thakur for 40 runs. Kuldeep “maiden” the 14th over to make New Zealand 70/2 at the end of the 13th over. Ranthekam again. New Zealand were 74/2 at the end of 15 overs. Kuldeep bowled the 16th over. Nicholls hits a boundary in the second ball of the over, and the very next ball he spins, Kuldeep bowls Nicholls and dismisses him. 79/3 at the end of 16 overs, New Zealand.
Kuldeep bowled the 18th over to keep the runs coming. Daryl Mitchell was bowled LBW in the fourth ball of the over. Too many dot balls, runrate pressure, Shami bowled in the 25th over, Phillips bolted – and got out.
Michael Bracewell entered the field when the Indian team thought that the game was in our hands. Bracewell – Latham initially took the game slowly, then Bracewell, who started in Shami’s 27th over, started to spin.
When the run-rate looked like it was going down, Siraj again in the 29th over, took the wicket of Tom Latham for the 7th wicket to leave with 24. Mitchell Sandner- also contributed well with the bowling in today’s match. Preswell-Santoner partnership for 7th wicket. The pair made it a 50+ partnership in the 35th over. Bracewell turned out to be a powerback to make the most of the opportunity that Sandner also got. This combination increased the runs significantly. Bracewell reached his 103 off 57 balls with a six in the 43rd over. New Zealand scored 274/6 after 43 overs. Then came Sandner’s half-century in the 44th over, along with the pair’s 150+ partnership. At the end of the 44th over the score was 285/6. Then, Siraj bowled the 46th over in which Sandner took the wicket to end this dangerous 162-run partnership, Siraj. But Siraj turned the game back in India’s favor by ducking Shipley in the next ball. At the end of the 46th over, New Zealand had scored 294/8. Siraj gave 46 runs in his 10 overs and took 4 wickets. In the 47th over, Bracewell bowled Hardik’s over. He was smashing sixes.
With Sandner’s support, Bracewell turned the match into an edge-of-the-seat game.
The score was 326/8 at the end of 48 overs and New Zealand were now 24 off 12 balls. The start was good but when Hardik took the wicket of Ferguson in the 3rd ball of the 49th over, New Zealand were 9 wickets down. 20 runs needed off 6 balls in the final over. But only 1 wicket in hand. Shardul bowled the last over.
A six off the first ball! The next was an ouide, but then Bracewell fell LBW to a good yorker from Shardul, India won by 12 runs!
But a royal salute to Bracewall, who along with single man Sandner made the competition interesting to this point! Bracewell had demonstrated the struggle that all should learn.