Shreyas Iyer’s first-ball duck came in the form of an elegant half-century before Washington Sundar blazed to a 16-ball 37 to lead India to a competitive 306 for seven in the first ODI against New Zealand here on Friday, November. 25. 2012
Apart from Iyer’s 76-ball 80, Shikhar Dhawan (72 off 77 balls) and Shubman Gill (50 off 65) struck brilliant fifties after the tourists were sent into bat.
Sundar smashed three centuries and claimed as many fours at the death, while Iyer hit four majors and four boundaries, entering the game after a duck in the last T20 International two days ago.
Washington Sundar smashed 37 runs in 16 balls against New Zealand in Auckland on Friday, November 25, 2022. | Photo Credit: Getty Images
Kiwis prefer the field
New Zealand decided to bowl first and while Kane Williamson was preventing the Indians from bowling, at fly, skipper Dhawan and Gill opened after watching.
Having reached 40 in the first 10 overs after Gill was dropped by Lockie Ferguson off the balls of Matt Henry, the Indian openers looked to improve and looked for run limits.
The inquests were paying off with India clearing the ropes on a regular basis in the past 125 years for both Dhawan and Gill.
Dhawan was cutting Henry behind deep point and cut him off 15 pads for two consecutive fours.
From there, the Indian captain got two more boundaries, with Adam Milne intercepting an uppercut to make India’s hundred.
Having already hit two overs over long-on and third man, which the bowler made the best use of on the mound, Gill got the third big when he ground down left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner and put on a show.
Even as Dhawan got two boundaries against Tim Southee, he pulled Gill Santner for a boundary and closed the fifty. However, after half a century, Gill was out after Devon Conway failed to clear Ferguson in the deep.
Looking back at the minutes, Dhawan too was dismissed soon after Southee hit it straight to Finn Allen at point.
Both India’s openers returned to the dugout by playing sensible cricket, paving the way for the arrival of Iyer and Rishabh in the middle of Pant.
While Pant got to the mark with a four to deep third-man region after pushing a southpaw length ball, Iyer cut off Ferguson’s top speed delivery in his innings.
But New Zealand managed to pull it off with the wickets of Dhawan and Gill.
On the 11th over, Iyer was given life by Tom Latham after he attempted a ram shot against Milne’s short delivery.
However, after leading Ferguson to the leg-end of the ball, Pant went for a pull but was pulled into the stumps, bringing an end to an innings that did not inspire confidence.
That was brought in by the in-form man in the middle, Suryakumar Yadav, who scored an exquisite cover drive. But, a couple of balls later, he walked to the crease after Ferguson’s nippy slip to Allen at first slip.
In short boundaries alone, the hosts looked comfortable with India at 160 for four in 33 overs.
But the duo of Iyer and Sanju Smason (36 off 38 balls) put together a 94-run partnership to steady the ship until the latter fell to a brilliant catch by Glenn Phillips.
During his batting career, Iyer also became only the second batsman after Rameez Raja to score four or more consecutive 50-plus runs in New Zealand.
India: 306 for 7 in 50 overs (Shreyas Iyer 80, Shikhar Dhawan 72, Shubman Gill 50; Lockie Ferguson 3/59, Tim Southee 3/73
India: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, 4 Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh and Yuzvendra Chahal.
New Zealand: Kane Williamson (C), Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson.