Scorecard | As it happened
While Shubman Gill blazed to a double century under the afternoon winter sun, Michael cooled the Indian spirits under the lights on a cool late winter evening in what turned out to be quite a contest. Michael, who is the latest from the Bracewell dynasty to represent New Zealand, did their clan proud with a superb display of controlled aggression. The 31-year-old struck his second ODI century. The first one an unbeaten 127 against Ireland in a successful 300 plus chase. He had come to bat at 120 for five that day. Australian Glenn Maxwell is the only other batter at No.7-11 to score a century in a 300-plus successful chase in ODIs.
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With Mitchell Santner in tow, Michael caught the Indians unaware after being reduced to 131 for six in the 29th over. The Kiwis needed 219 off 21 overs with four wickets in hand and no one gave them a chance, but the duo kept their heads down and played themselves in. After that, they launched into the Indian attack and runs began to flow at a steady pace. At the end of the 45th over, New Zealand were 291 for six and needed 59 off 30 balls.
Rohit Sharma threw the ball to Mohammed Siraj, who had just one over left, and the Hyderabadi didn’t disappoint. He had Santner (57) caught by Suryakumar Yadav off the fourth ball to end a defiant 162 run stand. Siraj followed it up by castling Henry Shipley (0) and New Zealand hopes were dented. Siraj ended with his second consecutive four-wicket haul (4/46). This is the best bowling figure on this ground, erasing Umesh Yadav’s four for 53 against Sri Lanka in 2014.
Hardik Pandya conceded just four in the 49th over and Shardul Thakur trapped Michael leg before off the second ball of the last over with the visitors needing 13 for victory.
Earlier, it was the 23-year-old Gill who stole the thunder from his more illustrious teammates like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Riding on Gill’s 149-ball 208 (19×4, 9×6), India coasted to a huge 349 for eight. In the process, Gill showed that he has started coming into his own and is turning his potential into match-winning performances. The knock not only cemented his position at the top of the order but also made him a surety for the World Cup later in the year.
Gill started off steadily as he took his time to settle down even as Rohit did the bulk of the scoring in their 60-run first wicket partnership but as the sun set, Gill exploded to set the stadium on fire. He struck six sixes in the 48th and 49th overs to take India to an impregnable position. Incidentally, Gill got his half-century with a six, reached 99 with his second six and moved from 147 to 153 with the third one. Then he moved from 182 to 200 with sixes off three consecutive balls.
New Zealand, who had lost the toss, had begun with two wide balls as Henry Shipley took time to get his line right. And after five dot balls, Shipley gave Rohit a loose full toss which the Indian skipper gleefully drove through the covers for the first boundary of the match. Gill got into the act in the next over as he struck Lockie Ferguson’s third delivery for a boundary through the cover region.
The first six of the match came in the third over itself when Rohit lofted Shipley over the extra cover fence. The next one came in the fifth over again off Shipley when Rohit played his patient short arm pull over deep backward square leg. Rohit (34; 38 balls, 4x,4, 2×6) didn’t last long as his attempt to hit a Blair Tickner delivery over his head, resulted in a mishit which was gobbled up by Daryl Mitchell at mid-on.
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Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who was brought into the innings as early as the ninth over, sent back Kohli (8) in the 16th over to leave India at 88 for two. Kohli was left stunned with a ball that turned. He went back to defend and covered the line but not the turn. It got past his outside edge to hit the top of off stump.
Though Kohli (8) and Kishan (5) fell early, Gill partnered Suryakumar Yadav to steady the innings. The right-handed bat made the most of the reprieve he got from Tom Latham off Michael Bracewell when he was on 45. He moved from 46 to 52 with his first six and there was no turning back thereafter. Gill kept pace with SKY as the duo added 65 for the fourth wicket before the latter fell to a tame dismissal on 31. Gill then struck his second six and stole a single to reach the coveted three-figure mark off 87 balls with 14 fours and two sixes.
After that, it was Gill all the way as he toyed with the Kiwis bowling attack.