India v NZ 1st ODI: Gill's double almost overshadowed by Bracewell's brilliance
India finally snapped their five match losing streak against New Zealand in ODI cricket since the 2019 World Cup semi-final with a heart-stopping win by 12 runs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
After opting to bat, India posted a massive 349 for eight in their 50 overs and in response New Zealand finished on 337 in 49.3 overs.
India started off well with their captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill adding 60 for the first wicket. Then there was a collapse. Suryakumar Yadav added 65 runs for the fourth wicket with Gill. Then Gill added a further 74 runs for the fifth wicket with Hardik Pandya.
Thereafter, Gill took charge of the innings as he rallied the lower-order around him. In the end Gill became the youngest to score a ODI double hundred. Gill finished on 208 off 149 balls wigth 19 boundaries and nine sixes. India finished on 349 for eight in their 50 overs. For New Zealand the chief wicket-takers were Daryl Mitchell (2-30) and Henry Shipley (2-74).
In their response, New Zealand lost wickets at regular intervals. Save a 42 run second wicket stand between Finn Allen and Henry Nicholls there was nothing much upfront. New Zealand were struggling at 89 for four and then were 110 for five. When the sixth wicket fell with the score on 131, New Zealand were struggling to stay afloat. Then the tide turned as Michael Bracewell as he added 162 runs for the seventh wicket with Mitchell Santner.
There was uninhibited big hitting as Bracewell took charge. Santner fell for 57 off 45 balls with seven boundaries and a six. Bracewell carried on and in the final over New Zealand needed 20 runs. Finally Bracewell fell off the second ball in the 50th over with 13 runs still needed for a win. Bracewell finished on 140 off 78 balls with 12 boundaries and 10 sixes. New Zealand finished on 337 in 49.2 overs. For India the best bowlers were NMohammed Siraj (4-46), Kuldeep Yadav (2-43) and Shardul Thakur (2-54).
India: 349-8 (50)
Fall of wickets: 1-60 (Rohit Sharma-12.1 ov), 2-88 (Virat Kohli-15.2 ov), 3-110 (Ishan Kishan-19.4 ov), 4-175 (Suryakumar Yadav-28.3 ov), 5-249 (Hardik Pandya-39.4 ov), 6-292 (Washington Sundar-44.6 ov), 7-302 (Shardul Thakur-46.4 ov), 8-345 (Shubman Gill-49.2 ov)
New Zealand: 337 (49.2)
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Devon Conway-5.4 ov), 2-70 (Finn Allen-12.5 ov), 3-78 (Henry Nicholls-15.3 ov), 4-89 (Daryl Mitchell-17.4 ov), 5-110 (Glenn Phillips-24.3 ov), 6-131 (Tom Latham-28.4 ov), 7-293 (Mitchell Santner-45.4 ov), 8-294 (Henry Shipley-45.5 ov), 9-328 (Lockie Ferguson-48.3 ov), 10-337 (Michael Bracewell-49.2 ov)
India: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma (captain), Virat Kohli, Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper) & (captain), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Henry Shipley, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner
Toss: India, elected to bat
Venue: Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad
Start time: 0800 hrs GMT
Match officials: Anil Chaudhary, Nitin Menon (On-field Umpires); KN Ananthapadmanabhan (TV Umpire); Jayaraman Madanagopal (Reserve Umpire); Javagal Srinath (Match-referee)