New Delhi. The first match of the three-match series being played between India and New Zealand was very interesting. First Team India’s batsman Shubman Gill scored a double century and took the team’s score to 349 for 8 wickets. Michael Bracewell played a stormy century innings for the Kiwi team but could not lead the team to victory. India won the match by 12 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
Bracewell and Santner created havoc
The Indian team easily pushed the New Zealand team on the backfoot by taking the first 6 wickets. More than half of the team’s batsmen had returned on 131 runs and there was a target of 350 runs in front. The dominance of Michael Bracewell’s bat was seen from here. Scoring 8 fours and 1 six in 31 balls, he scored a half-century and in no time he scored a century in 57 balls with the help of 11 fours and 6 sixes. Mitchell Santner brought the match to a close with a 38-ball fifty.
Siraj made the match, Shardul’s exciting over
After losing 6 wickets for 131 runs, Bracebel and Santner took the score to 291 runs after 45 overs without losing wickets. The team needed 59 runs off 30 balls to win. Here Mohammad Siraj once again appeared as a hero. First got Santner caught by Kuldeep Yadav for 57 runs and then clean bowled Henry Sipley. The match turned from here and Shardul Thakur, who came to bowl the last over, maintained his composure after hitting a six on the first ball and gave India the victory by dismissing Bracebel, who scored 140 runs.
Amazing double century by Gill
The Indian team, while playing a record innings against New Zealand, took Team India to 349 runs. Scored 208 runs in 149 balls, scoring 19 fours and 9 sixes. While scoring a double century at the age of just 23, Gill did this feat at the youngest age and made the world record his name. Captain Rohit Sharma scored 34 runs from India and apart from this no one could score runs.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 18, 2023, 21:51 IST