Indian team won against New Zealand in the last over
India takes 1-0 lead in 3-match ODI series
New Delhi. The Indian cricket team had to sweat profusely to win the first match of the three-match ODI series being played against New Zealand. On the basis of Shubman Gill’s double century, India scored a mountain-like score of 349 runs at the loss of 8 wickets, but still the New Zealand team took the match till the last over. Michael Bracebell single-handedly forced India to chew gram. In the end, India could barely win.
The ODI series being played against New Zealand is very important for India. If Team India manages to win here 3-0, then it will become the number one team in this format. India’s hopes were almost dashed but captain Rohit Sharma handed over the ball to his player who always comes to his aid in times of trouble. The innings of Bracebal and Mitchell Santner pulled the match till the last over. India got the victory, but even in the defense of 349 runs, the way the team lost its sweat is a matter of concern.
Mohammad Siraj in amazing form
Mohammad Siraj is continuously taking wickets for captain Rohit Sharma. In the last ODI against Sri Lanka, he took 4 wickets and missed out on getting 5 wickets. The same happened against New Zealand. By the way, Siraj made the match but his Brahmastra gave Rohit the victory.
Brahmastra near Rohit
While commentating during the match, Irfan Pathan revealed that Captain Rohit Sharma’s trump card is Shardul Thakur. The captain trusts him a lot and that is the reason why he keeps him in the playing XI. Whenever the team needs a wicket, Shardul comes there and does the work. After the fall of the first wicket, when the pair of Henry Nicholls and Alan Finn was setting in the match, it was Shardul who broke it.
In the last over, when Bracewell was on strike and India had to defend 20 runs, Rohit called Shardul. While he had the option of Kuldeep Yadav and Washington Sundar. He was definitely hit for a six on the first ball, but the same bowler ended the match by taking a wicket. Shardul took only two wickets in the match but both the batsmen were very dangerous and if the match had stayed on the ground, the result of the match would have changed.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 18, 2023, 23:22 IST