- Akash Vaishnav
NZ VS IND: Washington Sundar, an all-rounder for India, set a record for the fastest 30+ score by an Indian on New Zealand soil with his brilliant cameo of 37* off 16 deliveries.
With a strike rate of 211.11, Suresh Raina set the record in 2009 against the Black Caps, scoring 38* from 18 deliveries. But on Friday, Sundar outran Raina with a booming strike rate of 231.25.
With the aid of the 23-year-outstanding old’s effort, India defeated the Kiwis by scoring 306 runs in 50 overs. When India batted first, stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill provided the team with an excellent start by each scoring a half-century.
In the middle order, Shreyas Iyer once more showed his skill. Scoring 80 runs off of 76 deliveries to finish the game as India’s top run-scorer. Washington Sundar was quite pleased with his batting as he caused havoc with his bat.
Washington Sundar discussed his strategy and stressed the value of timing and power when questioned about his plans after the first inning. “Getting some runs was wonderful.”
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India was cruising to a decisive victory against New Zealand in the first ODI of the series. After taking the fast wickets of Finn Allen, Devon Conway, and Daryl Mitchell. The Indian bowlers were completely destroyed, though, by skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham.
Giving New Zealand a seven-wicket victory in the end. Kane Williamson missed his century by six runs as he finished unbeaten on 94 off 98 deliveries. While Latham, who had a strike rate of 139.42, hit 145 off 104 deliveries.
For most of the innings, all Indian bowlers other than Washington Sundar lacked direction as neither Yuzvendra Chahal nor any of the pacers could keep their economy rates under 6.
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With the new ball, Umran Malik got off to a strong start by taking two key wickets up front, but he was unable to build on his success. The Kiwi hitters ultimately had no trouble chasing 306 down.
I have to trust my intuition, but I also prepare my shoots and follow a plan. It’s crucial to time your move well and applies enough strength. The cricketer told Prime Video during the innings break. “It’s a par score, and if we bowl effectively, we can win this.”
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