India prevailed against New Zealand in the inaugural one-day international match (ODI) by a score of 12 runs in Hyderabad thanks to a magnificent double century scored by Shubman Gill.
In an innings that lasted 149 balls and featured 19 fours and nine sixes, Gill became the youngest batsman to ever record a double century. He struck 208 runs and helped India post a formidable total of 349-8.
During his innings in response, Michael Bracewell scored 140 runs off 78 balls before being dismissed by Shardul Thakur in the penultimate over due to being trapped leg before wicket.
After getting smacked for a six on the first ball of the final over, Shardul staged an impressive recovery with a solid performance.
Bracewell, who almost led New Zealand to a memorable victory, was the victim of the decisive wicket that he took.
After scoring just the 10th double century in the history of one-day internationals, India appeared to be in good shape to easily win the match against New Zealand, which was reeling at 131-6 while trying to reach 350.
New Zealand was unable to score many runs early on due to the disciplined bowling of India’s fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj. However, Bracewell’s late fireworks gave New Zealand hope of pulling off an incredible victory.
Although Finn Allen scored 40 runs easily at the top of the order, New Zealand was in danger of suffering a crushing loss after Siraj took the wicket of Latham for the sixth wicket.
After that, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner joined Bracewell in the batting lineup. He contributed an outstanding 57 runs off 45 balls as part of a 162 run partnership before being dismissed by Siraj.
Despite hitting 12 fours and 10 sixes, Bracewell’s team ended up on the losing side of the match. Siraj had the best bowling numbers of any of the Indian players, with 4-46.
India now holds a 1-0 advantage in the three-game series after claiming victory in this match.