The first of the three-match ODI series between India and New Zealand is underway at Eden Park in Auckland. The hosts’ skipper Kane Williamson won the toss and asked the Indians to bat first. The opening pair of skipper Shikhar Dhawan and young batter Shubman Gill came to open the innings for the Indian team.
The 23-year-old batter scored a half-century and fell prey to Lockie Ferguson after playing it in the hands of Devon Conway. Gill scored 50 runs off 65 balls with a boundary and a six to his name but unfortunately, he couldn’t capitalize it into a big score.
Cricket fans were also a bit miffed over this performance of Shubman Gill and they felt that the Fazilka-born right-hander threw his wicket at a time when he had a good chance to convert it into a big score.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Speaking of the first ODI between India and New Zealand, the Indian team posted a total of 306 runs for the loss of 7 wickets in the allotted 50 overs. Other than Gill, skipper Shikhar Dhawan and middle-order batter Shreyas also played the crucial knocks of 72 and 80 runs respectively. Young all-rounder Washington Sundar also played a quick game of 37 runs off just 16 balls with three boundaries and three sixes to his name. Tim Southee and Lockie Ferguson scalped three wickets each for the hosts in the first innings.
While chasing the target, New Zealand lost two wickets on the score of 68 runs in 15.1 overs. At the time of filling this copy, opening batter Devon Conway has fallen prey to the young Indian pace-bowling sensation, Umran Malik, on the first ball of the 16th over. Kane Williamson is there in the middle on the individual score of 20 runs.