Michael Bracewell’s century in the first ODI match against India and New Zealand matched a unique record set by MS Dhoni as the first player to score over 100 runs from the number 7 or lower position in ODI history. Only Luke Ronchi (170), Marcus Stoinis (146), Thisara Perera (140) and MS Dhoni (139*) have scored higher runs than Bracewell from that position in Men’s ODI.
In the first ODI between India and New Zealand in Hyderabad, Michael Bracewell delivered another impressive performance, further enhancing his already impressive ODI batting statistics. He hit his second ODI century in just 57 balls, making it the third-fastest century by a New Zealand batsman. Despite only having played in 17 ODIs, Bracewell has amassed 462 runs with an average of 46.2, including 2 centuries. His 140 runs in this match was also his highest individual score in his career.
When Michael Bracewell came in to bat at No. 7, the task ahead of him seemed impossible: his team required 240 runs to win in less than 25 overs with only five wickets remaining. However, he quickly got into the game by hitting two boundaries off of Mohammed Shami’s first over and never lost momentum from there.
A partnership between Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner at the seventh wicket completely turned the game around. The two batsmen dominated the Indian bowlers, with Bracewell scoring his second ODI century and Santner also reaching a half-century.
A steady partnership between Michael Bracewell and Mitchell Santner helped keep New Zealand in contention for the win. Together, they added 162 runs for the seventh wicket, with Santner contributing a 45-ball 57. Despite losing Santner, Bracewell continued to push the score forward and was the last player to be dismissed. With only 20 runs needed in the final over, Shardul Thakur dismissed Michael Bracewell for a valiant 140 off of 78 balls, including 12 fours and 10 sixes. New Zealand fell short by 12 runs in their pursuit of 350 runs.
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India ultimately won the match by 12 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series. Shubman Gill was named the ‘Man of the Match’ for his double century.