IND vs NZ, 1st ODI: Blog with all reactions, Tweets, Videos and More
Arnav: One of the best games of the year so far with some outstanding brand of cricket from both sides. No one was ready to give up and it turned out to be a blockbuster!! We having thoroughly enjoyed bringing you this. Thanks from our team Anurag DasGupta, Arjun Bhalla, Shakir Jamil and me, Arnav Chopra for staying with us. Do come back again for the next game to be played in Raipur on 21st January. Till then, Take Care Folks!! See you soon!! Bye-BYEE!!
Shubman Gill: "Yes, I mean was waiting eagerly to go out there and do what I do. Definitely got some momentum and got the sixes. Happy with it. Sometimes when the bowlers are on top, try to put some pressure on them. I wasn't really thinking of 200 but it was more about getting the partnerships and getting the team to a good total. Yes, it's amazing to see him score a double hundred and now he is there for me. He is my best mate. It feels nice to see things going my way. It has sunk in well. Bracewell hit those biggies and the game was topsy-turvy. Great game to be a part of for me."
Shubman Gill has been handed Player of the match award for his innings of a lifetime!
In the end, India win the game by 12 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series.
Arnav: It was a run-fest with 686 runs in the day!!!! Double Hundred from Gill and a great fighting hundred from Bracewell!!
Shakir: IND win by 12 runs. Not before a spectacle from the Kiwis. NZ almost snatched this from the jaws of defeat. The series has been set up beautifully!!
Second Ball: Gonee!! He has given him!! LBWWW!!! New Zealand gets bowled!! He sent it upstairs but no luck!! The decision is upheld!!! AND India Win a Thrillerrrr by 12 runs!!!
First Ball: SIXXXXX!!! That's Out of here!! He picks it up and thumps a pull high and handsome way over wide long-on for a huge six.
Okay So! Final Over! 20 needed off 6. Shardul with ball in hand. Rohit entrusts him. Can he redeem himself?
Shakir: Spare a thought for Michael Bracewell!! What an innings under pressure! He has been a lone warrior for 🇳🇿 New Zealand.
India get a WICKET!!!! The breakthrough they need departely has finally arrived. Fergusson departs. 22 required off 9.
Shakir: HOW!?? How did we get here?? This is in NZ's quarter now....
From 131/6 to 318/8, the game is turned upside down! Can Kiwis see this through now with 32 required from 15?
Bracewell in no mood to give up as he leads them through with two sixes in the 47th over!
Siraj ends his brilliant spell of 4/46. He has been the best of the lot and has brought India back in the game!
Shipley comes in and goes!
Another finds the dust as Henry Shipley loses his wicket on the very first delivery. Siraj on fire!! Gets cleaned up with cracker of a delivery.
There you go! Santner caught in the deep. Siraj gets another. It was short and Santner couldn't time and holes out to deep-midwicket.
Okay! Here is the game! 58 off 28 deliveries! Questions being asked? Can India answer? Stay with us!
Interesting Fact: If NZ wins it will be their first 350 plus chase. It will be the 10th time in ODI history that 350 will be chased!!
Santner gets Fifty!
Mitchell Santner joins the party as he reaches his half-century! He has played some wonderful shots and has complemented Bracewell well
Shakir: Wooowww!!! This lad can bat. Michael Bracewell announcing himself on the world stage!!
Bracewell scores a ton
Bracewell does it brilliantly with so much ease! Gets to his Second Hundred in style. Smashes Shami over long-on for six! He has turned this game on its head. Kiwis not far away from the target!
My God! Bracewell isn't ready to put his weapons down as he is hammering everything he is getting in his arc!
Shakir: Blackcaps are back in this. This match not over by any means.
Arnav: Now Then!! Now Then!! Hundred run partnership is up between Bracewell (74) and Santner (32).
Shardul losing his line here! Four wides in the over! Pressure on the right-armer as Bracewell is trying to tonk the ball! 17 of the over!!
Shakir: Too early to say this but, are the KIWIS out of this match? We saw some miraculous display of batting from Marco Jansen in SA20. Can the Kiwis do something similar?
Arnav: Not jinxing but do the visitors have fuel left in their tank? Have to see this one!
200 in the bank for Kiwis courtesy some fightback
Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner have fought back to take the visitors to a respectable total. Meanwhile, Bracewell has completed his first half-century in ODI cricket! He needs to stand here!
Meanwhile in SA20, Marco takes Sunrisers home against MI Cape Town
28-run over against Rashid Khan proved to be the turning point for Sunrisers Eastern Cape in the SA20 league as Marco Jansen does the business!
Back-to-back fours for Santner who is facing Pandya in the 33rd Over. They need more of these, infact, many more of these.
150 up for the BlackCaps. Finally! The way they started it looked even 300-run mark could be breached. However, after that their innings went downhill.
Most 50+ scores in the first 15 ODI innings as Opener (Indians)
8 - Rahul Dravid
7 - Shubman Gill*
6 - KL Rahul
6 - Navjot Sidhu
6 - Ravi Shastri
6 - Sachin Tendulkar
Arnav: They have a decent squad and have done previously whenever they were under the radar. Even if they lose this one, I strongly expect them to make a comeback.
Shakir: The Kiwis have failed to challenge India in the first match. Can they bounce back in the series or we are in for another clean sweep?
Kiwi skipper departs
Siraj gets Latham trapped with a bouncer as the BlackCaps captain miscues the ball to Sundar who grabs an outstanding catch at deep-midwicket. Couldn't keep the ball in control as he falls in the trap. Hopes burning like fire for the visitors.
A bit of oh-uh in the middle, but that was nothing. Washi was thinking that Latham has been dropped by the first slip - but the ball bounced off the batter's foot. Nothing was there.
Arjun: NZ need 230 runs in 141 balls - It's India's game to win, unless Tom Latham spoils the party for them.
Sizziling Shami bamboozles Phillips
Off stump goes for a cartwheel. Shami was struck on his thumb, but roars back and got the big fish in the form of Glenn Phillips. Good length, comes back in as the batter misses the big heave and the ball shatters the stumps. Half the side back in the hut.
Arjun: Homeboy vs homeboy, aka Sundar vs Phillips. Who will come on top in this battle. My bet is on Washi!!
Washi Sundar comes to bowl for the first time in the day. Interestingly, he didn't get to bowl in the third ODI vs Sri Lanka, where the vistors tumbled for 73.
Great news for the Men in Blue. Mohammed Shami is back, and bowling with his gas cylinders.
The Kiwis are seriously struggling for runs here in Hyderabad. Kuldeep and Shardul aren't bowling any looseners, Latham-Phillips need to survive through this period. At the moment, NZ need 251 runs in 172 balls.
Kuldeep gets another one. The umpire raises his finger, Mitchell reviews it straightaway. But for nothing. The fourth wicket is down, with the Kiwis reeling at 89. Glenn Phillips is the new batter in!!
Another one bites the dust!
Kuldeep Yadav strikes. Googly does the trick and Nicholls' scratchy innings comes to an end. Good length ball that pitches on the off and the sharp turn beats the blade to castle the timbers. Two wickets in quick successions for India.
Allen-Nicholls fightback is over
Lord Shardul comes, Shardul deliveries!! The gung ho knock from Finn Allen comes to an as Shardul Thakur gets rid of the Kiwi batter with a bouncer.
Allen hammers Pandya
Finn Allen took a special liking for Hardik Pandya and bludgeoned him for 20 in an over. Hardik got predictable with the back of a length deliveries and Allen smashed him for 3 fours and a six
Ouch! Shami gets the ball hit on his thumb. He's off the field. Bad signs for India early in the innings.
DG: Mohammed Siraj has been exceptional in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah. There is a reason as to why SIUUU is the number 3 ranked ODI bowler at the moment. He has certainly cemented his place as India's first-choice pacer. Way to go, Siraj!
ICYMI: Hashim Amla has retired from all forms of the game. He hang up his boots in international cricket in 2019. Since then, the Proteas legend has just been playing for Surrey.
Mohammed Siraj does what Mohammed Siraj does the best. He strikes early in his first spell. A well directed bouncer and Conway was surprised by it and was late to react on his attempted pull. The top-edge goes straight into the hands of Kuldeep Yadav who takes a brilliant diving catch at fine leg. New Zealand: 28-1
Cautious start for the Kiwis
At the 4 over mark, New Zealand are 24/0. Both Conway and Allen have given respect to the good deliveries, but have not shied away from hitting the odd boundaries. They need more of these in the early ten overs.
Fun fact: Double centurions in ODIs:
India - 7
Rest of the world - 3
New Zealand innings kicks off!
Devon Conway and Finn Allen have come out to open the innings. Can the Kiwis chase this daunting total?