New Delhi. What would you say if even after scoring 385 runs on a team in an ODI, there is a danger of defeat. The same happened with India in the third ODI against New Zealand. Batting first in this match played in Indore, India raised a mountain of 385 runs. Then it seemed as if India had already won the game in the first half. But the fighters of New Zealand gave a befitting reply. Thanks to Devon Conway and colleagues, New Zealand at one stage scored 184 runs for 2 wickets in 25 overs. The felt match will slip out of hand. That’s why Shardul Thakur, who is considered lucky for Rohit Sharma, did wonders.
The start of New Zealand chasing the target was very bad. His opener Finn Allen got out without opening an account. He was bowled by Hardik Pandya. But Devon Conway got stuck at the other end. Opener Conway got good support from Henry Nicholls (42) and Daryl Mitchell (24). Devon Conway along with Nicklas and Daryl in Indore ODI took his team to 184 runs in 25 overs. Conway plays for Chennai Super Kings in IPL.
The 26th over of New Zealand’s innings proved to be the turning over of the match. Shardul got Daryl Mitchell caught by wicketkeeper Ishaan Kishan on the first ball of this over. The umpire did not give out to Daryl in the first instance. Then the Indian team took DRS and the third umpire called Daryl out. Kiwi captain Tom Latham came to the crease to face the second ball of the over. But he proved to be the guest of only one ball. Shardul got him caught by Hardik Pandya at mid-off on the very first ball. This ball of Shardul was a knuckle ball, before understanding which Latham had run the bat.
Shardul Thakur, who is called Rohit Sharma’s Lucky Man or Golden Arm, did not stop here. He also made Glenn Phillips walk in his next over i.e. in the 28th over of the innings. Shardul got Phillips caught by Virat Kohli. In this way, New Zealand’s score went from 184 runs for 2 wickets to 200 runs for 5 wickets.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 24, 2023, 19:57 IST