NZ vs IRE: New Zealand Cricket Team’s leading batsman Michael Bracewell has made an extensive record in ODI cricket.
He has made the record of scoring the most runs in the 50th over while chasing runs in ODI cricket. Bracewell did this feat in the match against Ireland.
The first match of the three-match ODI series was being played between New Zealand and Ireland. The Kiwi team needed 20 runs in the last over to win. He was chasing a target of 301 runs, and Bracewell was responsible for winning the team by scoring 20 runs.
NZ vs IRE: Michael Bracewell Becomes First Batsman To Thrash 20+ Runs In The Last Over While Chasing
Michael Bracewell scored 24 runs in the 50th over to give a resounding victory to New Zealand. He took his team to the target in the first five balls by hitting three fours and two sixes in this over.
New Zealand’s team won this exciting match by one wicket. Ireland’s medium pacer Craig Young was targeted by Michael Bracewell, giving away 78 runs in 9.5 overs and taking a wicket.
Michael Bracewell scored the first century of his ODI career during this period. He scored 127 runs in just 82 balls; during this time, he hit ten fours and seven sixes.
New Zealand opener Martin Guptill made 51 off 61 balls, but the rest of the batters struggled to score runs. In making his debut, Glenn Phillips scored 38 runs, but after his dismissal in the 30th over, the Kiwi team came under pressure.
However, Michael Bracewell gave his team a thrilling victory by playing a century after this. New Zealand has taken a 1-0 lead in the series.
In an ODI while chasing, Bracewell’s 127 is also the highest score by a Blackcaps player batting at No. 7. In the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in 2007, he outperformed Brendon McCullum’s incredible performance of 86* off 91 from yet another high-scoring run-chase against Australia. McCullum’s innings contributed to the Kiwis’ 3-0 series victory over their Trans-Tasman foes.
New Zealand Also Recorded The Highest Target Runs
Speaking of the Ireland game, New Zealand also recorded the highest target runs (20) successfully chased down in an ODI’s 50th over.
The previous high score was 18 runs, which England scored against Australia in 1987 and West Indies scored against New Zealand in 2002.
Since 2001, the Blackcaps have chased the third-most target runs (101) in an ODI (10 overs). With this thrilling triumph, New Zealand maintained their undefeated record against the Irish.