Last Updated: January 18, 2023, 22:05 IST
IND vs NZ, 1st ODI Highlights: Michael Bracewell struck a stunning century as he gave India a mighty scare in Hyderabad by scoring 140 nearly dragging New Zealand to an unlikely win in the series opener. From the depths of 131/6, Bracewell joined hands with Mitchell Santner (57) to revive the chase but fell in the final over as New Zealand were bowled out for 337. India won by 12 runs. Earlier Ishan Kishan’s record of youngest male ever to score an ODI double-century latest a little longer than a month as his India teammate Shubman Gill broke it during the first ODI against New Zealand today in Hyderabad. At 23, Read More
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Michael Bracewell will remember this day but with a tinge of sadness. He produced one of the memorable innings in ODI history by nearly dragging New Zealand from a position of no-hope to producing a near-epic run-chase in Hyderabad, threatening to push Shubman Gill’s record double-century into the background. India were in a comfortable spot, perhaps too comfortable as they reduced the visitors to 131/6 while defending 349 in Hyderabad. They were in for a rude shock as Bracewell revived the chase, brought alight the contest with some fearless hitting to hit a blistering century. Together with Mitchell Santner, who struck a quality half-century, Bracewell added 162 runs for the seventh wicket leaving India captain Rohit Sharma worried. Late in the chase though, Mohammed Siraj struck twice in the same over to tilt the balance in his team’s favour but Bracewell wasn’t backing away. He continued the carnage and pushed the match into the final over. A six off the first delivery angered Rohit but a wide delivery later, Shardul Thakur trapped Bracewell lbw on 140 to seal a nerve-shreddng 12-run win. This was after Gill became the youngest male player to hit an ODI double-century as he scored 208 to propel India to 349/8.
WICKET! Shardul Thakur finishes the job with the dismissal of Michael Bracewell on 140. Bracewell started the over with a big six before Thakur bowled a wide. And then Thakur nailed his yorker to trap a shuffling Bracewell LBW which he expectedly reviewed. No edge and ball-tracker agrees with the on-field umpire. New Zealand bowled out for 337 in 49.2 overs. A memorable innings from Bracewell. India win by 12 runs, take 1-0 lead.
Michael Bracewell keeps the strike having taken a single off the 49th over. A superb over from Hardik Pandya – just 4 runs in it. New Zealand 330/9, chasing 350.
WICKET! Hardik Pandya finally gets a wicket. Good change of pace as Lockie Ferguson slices it over long-off to be caught by Shubman Gill on 8. New Zealand 328/9 in 48.3 Overs, chasing 350.
Michael Bracewell has played one of the finest innings in ODI history. He continues to blaze away and despite those two wickets, has kept New Zealand alive in the chase – two fours and a six in the over of Mohammed Shami. Score 326/8 in 48 Overs, chasing 350. Excellent batting.
15 runs from the sixth over of Hardik Pandya who has now conceded 66 runs without taking a wicket. Michael Bracewell gets two sixes in the over to keep New Zealand’s hopes alive. Score 309/8 in 47 Overs, chasing 350.
With a six, Michael Bracewell brings up New Zealand’s 300. He’s not going to back out.
WICKET! Brilliant from Mohammed Siraj who brings the ball in to beat the inside edge of Henry Shipley and knocks over the stumps. He walks back for a first-ball duck. NZ 294/8 in 45.5 Overs, chasing 350.
WICKET! The century-stand has been broken. A massive relief for India as Mitchell Santner holes out on 57 after going for a pull shot to break the shackles. The stand was worth 162. NZ 293/7 in 45.3 Overs, chasing 350.
Hardik Pandya is back for a fresh spell. And his spell begins well with the medium-pacer allowing just six runs in it. Good use of the short delivery from him. New Zealand 291/6 in 45 Overs, chasing 350.
11 runs from the over of Mohammed Siraj take New Zealand to 285/6 in 44 Overs. Hardik Pandya was seen receiving some treatment from the masseur few overs ago. He has been brought back into the attack now.
FIFTY! With back-to-back fours, Mitchell Santner brings up a 31-ball half-century. We have all been too focused on what Michael Bracewell is doing (and rightly so) but Santner has been equally brilliant. Quietly, he has built for himself a terrific innings.
Mitchell Santner ends the over of Mohammed Shami with a four through covers. A powerful shot from the lefty. This partnership has left India in disarray. New Zealand need 76 off 42 now with four wickets remaining. India desperately need a wicket here. Score 274/6 in 43 Overs, chasing 350.
HUNDRED! A stunning century for Michael Bracewell. Brings up the milestone with a superb six off Mohammed Shami. Took just 57 deliveries to reach there.
Finally some calm. Rohit Sharma brings back his strike bowler of the night in search of a wicket. India don’t get a wicket but Mohammed Siraj does put a break on the scoring rate allowing just four runs in the over. Michael Bracewell is on 97 off 56 deliveries. NZ 260/6 in 42 Overs, chasing 350.
Michael Bracewell continues to pummel Indian bowlers. He correctly predicts Mohammed Shami will bowl a yorker and moves across to to scoop it for a six. Enters 90s and takes the score to 254.
Michael Bracewell has surely brought back New Zealand back in the chase now. Another massive over for the tourists courtesy Barcewell who has reached 89 off 48 now. 16 runs from the over of Washington Sundar’s seventh over. NZ 247/6 in 40 Overs, chasing 350.
This has been a terrific fightback from Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner. No matter the result of this match but this partnership surely has sparked New Zealand hopes of an unlikely win now. A 100-run partnership raised in just 62 deliveries. 17 runs from the over of Shardul Thakur who bowled four wides in it including three in a row. India looked completely rattled. Score 213/6 in 39 Overs, chasing 350.
Do not think this game is over till Michael Bracewell is in the middle. He charges down the track but Kuldeep Yadav spots it and bowls it wide but the lefty reaches for the shot and hurls it deep into the stands for a maximum. 9 runs from it. NZ 214/6 in 38 Overs, chasing 350.
4,6,4,wd,wd,1,0,0. 17 runs from the sixth over of Shardul Thakur. Michael Bracewell brought up his fifty with a six and then took the score past the 200-run mark with a four. NZ 205/6 in 37 Overs, chasing 350.
India captain Rohit Sharma opted to bat and once again challenging his batters to put up a big total and his bowlers to defend under the lights (keeping in mind the dew factor). India may have clean swept Sri Lanka last week but Rohit is under no illusion that there would be a similar challenge from New Zealand who have done well in the subcontinental conditions in the past. And there’s a reason why the Kiwis are world’s top-ranked ODI side as well and they showed just that.
Ishan Kishan is expected to be in the playing eleven in the upcoming ODI series against a tough New Zealand. KL Rahul’s unavailability due to personal reasons opens up a slot for Kishan, but he may not be asked to open during the three-match series. Kishan had to sit out of the Sri Lanka series despite scoring the fastest double hundred in the history of ODIs, against Bangladesh in the preceding series. Shubman Gill, who was rewarded for his consistency and picked ahead of Kishan to open alongside skipper Rohit Sharma, made the most of the opportunities with scores of 70, 21 and 116 in the Sri Lanka series.
No changes are expected to the opening combination against the Black Caps but Rahul’s unavailability means Kishan is expected to keep wickets.
Kishan has batted in the middle-order thrice in the 10 ODIs he had played, therefore adjustment should not be an issue.
KS Bharat, who is the second wicketkeeper in the squad, is likely to warm the bench as he is more of a cover in Rahul’s absence.
In a World Cup year, every game is significant and India would aim to build on the gains from the Sri Lanka series even though the performance of their opponents was underwhelming to say the least.
The big takeaways for India from the Sri Lanka series was the performance of the top three and Mohammed Siraj’s ability to pick up wickets with the new ball.
Like Gill and Virat Kohli, Rohit also looked in sublime touch with scores of 83 and 42 but would like to get a big hundred which has also eluded him for some time now.
Kohli though is back to scoring hundreds at will and looks hungrier for runs more than ever, which should set alarm bells ringing in the New Zealand camp.
While he was one of India’s steady batters in ODIs in 2022, Shreyas Iyer failed to convert his starts in three games as scores of 28, 28 and 38 would suggest and to make matters worse, the middle-order batter now has been ruled out of the three-match series against New Zealand owing to a back injury.
In Iyer’s absence, the indomitable Suryakumar Yadav will get at least three chances to cement his place in the side. Surya and Hardik Pandya in the middle-order will surely add firepower at the back-end.
Rajat Patidar, who plays for Madhya Pradesh in the domestic circuit and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, has been named as Iyer’s replacement for the rubber against the visiting Kiwis. Patidar has earlier been part of ODI team for past few series.
Besides Rahul, Axar Patel has also been given a break for the series and his like- for-like replacement in the eleven could be Shahbaz Ahmed.
It remains to be seen if the team management gives Shahbaz a go or bring in Washington Sundar, who could be handy against the left-handers in the New Zealand camp.
India have so far preferred to play a finger and a wrist spinner each in the playing eleven, leaving them to choose between Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who provided the much needed wickets in the middle overs in the two games against Sri Lanka.
Whether Kuldeep and Chahal could be played together like it used to happen five years back or the team management decides otherwise is there to be seen.
Chahal did not play after the first ODI due to a sore shoulder but he should be available for selection for the series-opener.
Siraj, Mohammad Shami and Umran Malik will be the likely specialist pacers in the team with Hardik Pandya being the all-rounder.
Though New Zealand don’t have the services of star players Kane Williamson and Tim Southee for the series, the hosts will have to be at their best to better the visitors.
Stand-in-captain Tom Latham played a blinder the last time the two teams met in an ODI.
The team is coming from a high of a series against Pakistan in Karachi.
Opener Finn Allen, who was not at his destructive best in Karachi, would be looking to take the attack to the India bowlers.
The hosts need to find a way to stop the belligerent Glenn Phillips who single-handely won New Zealand the decider against Pakistan despite being half-fit.
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