Watch: Washington Sundar falls outside the wide line to play an unthinkable shot Cricket ( News Washington )

The crowd anticipated Suryakumar Yadav’s blitz but Washington Sundar got fired up on Friday. Sundar’s cameo in the first ODI against New Zealand in Auckland pushed India’s total past 300. The left-hander, whose exploits at international level have largely been limited to off-spinner balls, is showing the world what he can do with the bat. A top-order drive for the home side Tamil Nadu, Sundar smashed an unbeaten 37 off just 16 balls while coming in to bat at No.7 to take India to 306 for 7 first batting. Sundar hit three fours and as many sixes in his fiery innings but the one who got hurt the most was Matt Henry who became the talk of the town.

In the penultimate innings of the Indians, Sundar played the field immaculately, walking through his stumps and hitting a Matthew Henry low full toss over the short field for four. What made the schooner special was how slowly he decided to move, giving Henry no time to adjust his length. When Sundar finished playing the hook, he almost dropped to the ground. Pictures and videos of that amazing shot went viral and deservedly so.

Sundar managed to pull that over with a bomb shot that landed deep inside the stands. 17 49* Runs from the world.

Video: Washington Sundar blazing 37* off 16 balls vs New Zealand in 1st ODI

Before Sundar’s arrival, it was Shreyas Iyer with an 80-run knock that gave India a solid innings. Shikhar Dhawan (72 off 77 balls) and Shubman Gill (50 off 65) struck brilliant fifties after the tourists were sent into bat.

Iyer had four majors and four boundaries, entering the game after a duck in the final T20 International two days ago.

After a century stand between captain Dhawan and Gill, India lost a few quick wickets. On the 11th, Iyer was given life by Tom Latham after he attacked the mound with a ram shot against a short Milne 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. In his batting career, Iyer also became only the second batsman after Rameez Raja to score four or more consecutive 50-plus scores in New Zealand.


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