IND Vs NZ 1st ODI : Micheal Bracewell equaled the record of this Indian Legend

IND Vs NZ 1st ODI : Micheal Bracewell equaled the record of this Indian Legend

Last night at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, Hyderabad, ODI cricket was at its best. We witnessed a mouth watering contest between India and New Zealand which went till the last over of the 2nd Innings. The result was decided in the 50th Over with Shardul Thakur bringing the first match home for India.

But credits should be given too Micheal Bracewell too. The left-handed batter had an exquisite outing at the middle and almost took the match away from India’s grip. He came onto bat at a tough situation when the Kiwis were 110/5. He partnered with Tom Latham but the Wicket-keeper batsman departed very soon.

Then came Mitchell Santner to bat and he paired alongside Bracewell to steady New Zealand’s sinking course. Both the left-handers initiated calmly but once set they accelerated and started taking on the Indian bowling up. Bracewell completed only his second full-century and the third fastest in New Zealand’s history as he reached triple fig in just 57 deliveries.

His century broke another record set by former Indian World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni. It is a very rare record but unique on its own. Bracewell has now joined MS Dhoni as one of the batter to reach the 100-run while batting at number 7 or lower.

But the New Zealander fell just 10 runs short off his 150 while the Blackcaps fell short by just 12 runs to win the first match of the series. Although, India the match but the way the visitors intensified the chase shows there is still a lot of work to do in the bowling department.

Will India win the Series or will the Kiwis upset the hosts in the next 2 ODIs?