Bracewell’s was an amazing innings. The situation of the game and then playing innings like that, needing 12 off four, to put it in that situation was outstanding. Disappointing to not get across the line. Right up there, chasing a big score, the team under pressure and it was outstanding. We’ve seen it from him before – believe it or not. Hopefully, we can take confidence from that for the next game. I think the ball gripped a bit more, we saw them use the cutters more. But the partnership between Bracewell and Santner was great.
To be honest, the way Bracewell was batting, we knew it was going to be a challenge. It was such clean striking. After we had them five down, we knew we were in the game unless we slip up. And that’s what happened. But we always knew the threat of bowling under lights and with the dew like I said at the toss, which is the kind of challenge we wanted. Watching Gill bat is fantastic, clean striking, and no aerial shots. We wanted to give him a run before the SL series the kind of form he was in. He’s such a free-flowing batsman. Siraj has been brilliant, of late even in the other two formats. He’s gone from strength to strength, running hard and clear about what he wants to do. He’s not afraid to use the short ball as well which is exciting.
Gill is the Player of the Match:
I was waiting eagerly to go out there and do what I wanted to do. I wanted to unleash but sometimes you don’t get to do it with wickets falling. I got to do it in the end. When the bowler is on top, you have to get them under pressure otherwise it’s easier for them to create dot balls. I tried to get singles and boundaries and get them under pressure. I wasn’t thinking about 200 before I hit those sixes in the 46th or 47th over. That’s when I thought I could get a double. I won’t call it a “wow” feeling but it feels nice when the ball goes off the bat how you want it. There’s certainly a feeling of satisfaction. It has sunk in pretty well, this is certainly one of those things, like what dreams are made of.
India vs New Zealand Highlights today. 1st ODI (D/N), Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Uppal, Hyderabad, Wednesday 18-1-2023, New Zealand tour of India 2023.
India, elected to bat first.
“looks a good pitch, a little dry. It’s about making sure we bowl under the lights and try and defend scores as we did against SL,” Rohit says. “Everyone is pushing each other in the squad.” KL Rahul, Iyer, and Axar are replaced by Hardik, Thakur, and Kishan.
Latham says he would have bowled first anyway. He says his slightly inexperienced side has plenty of games behind them but doesn’t look bothered by that. Three seamers and two spinners his combination.
India team: 1 Rohit, 2 Gill, 3 Kohli, 4 Kishan, 5 Suryakumar, 6 Hardik, 7 Sundar, 8 Thakur, 9 Kuldeep, 10 Shami, 11 Siraj
New Zealand team: 1 Allen, 2 Conway, 3 Nicholls, 4 Mitchell, 5 Latham, 6 Phillips, 7 M Bracewell, 8 Santner, 9 Shipley, 10 Ferguson, 11 Tickner
Head to Head In ODI’s: 113
India Won: 55
New Zealand Won: 50
India ODI Rankings: 4th
New Zealand ODI Rankings: 1st
(Last five completed matches, most recent first)
New Zealand WWLWL
Match Timings: 8:00 AM GMT | 1:30 PM Local
Umpires – Anil Chaudhary, Nitin Menon
TV Umpire – KN Ananthapadmanabhan
Match Referee – Javagal Srinath
Reserve Umpire – Jayaraman Madanagopal
Match number – ODI no. 4507
Pitch and weather: In six ODIs at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, spinners have averaged 38.70 and conceded 4.96 runs per over, both significantly better than the fast bowlers’ corresponding figures (though it must be noted that they bowl more overs in the difficult phases) of 40.84 and 5.74. In the most recent ODI here, in March 2019, India won by six wickets after their spinners – Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja and Kedar Jadhav – returned combined figures of 27-0-110-3 to restrict Australia to 236. Expect spin, therefore, to play a significant role on Wednesday. The weather is set to be clear, with a maximum temperature of 31 degrees Celsius.