Indian Cricket Team had won the toss and opted to bat first in the 1st ODI Against New Zealand. Shubman Gill started off the innings cautiously. The batter looked like a man on a mission as he notched up his consecutive century and was whacking the bowlers all around the park.
Apart from Shubman Gill not a single batter scored 35 runs which are quite surprising. There was one controversial decision of Hardik Pandya from the 3rd umpire which raised a lot of eyebrows. The right-handed batter Shubman Gill didn’t panic after his dismissal as the batter continued to play an attacking brand of cricket.
Shubman Gill Smashes Double Century
At the end of 48th over, India’s score was 318-7 where Shubman Gill’s score was 182 runs in 142 balls. Lockie Ferguson was bowling the 49th over, Shubman Gill smashed 3 sixes back to back and struck his maiden double ton. The right handed batter was ecstatic with his performance as he thrashed Kiwi bowlers all around the park.
IND vs NZ: Watch – Shubman Gill Gets A Standing Ovation After Reaching His ODI Double Century:
2⃣0⃣0⃣ !🔥 🎇
One mighty knock! 💪 💪
The moment, the reactions & the celebrations 🎉 👏
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2023
Great Chance for India
India managed to post a mammoth target of 349-8 where Shubman Gill scored 208 runs in 149 balls where he struck 19 fours and 9 sixes. The management would be delighted with Shubman’s performance as the way he paced his innings was phenomenal. The batter now has given happy headaches to Selection panel with this knock.
New Zealand would require a helluva of effort to win the match. Despite the pitch favoring the batters, smashing boundaries won’t be easy against the likes of Washington Sundar & especially against Kuldeep Yadav who is in the form of his life. It would be interesting to see how New Zealand approach this target as whether they go berserk or take the game deep.