The Indian cricket team began their three-match ODI series against New Zealand with a strong victory on Wednesday, securing a 12-run win in the opening encounter. India’s opening batter, Shubman Gill, had a standout performance, scoring an impressive double-hundred and becoming the youngest player in ODI history to do so.
This helped India reach a formidable total of 349. Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj also had a strong showing, taking four wickets to help bowl out New Zealand for 337.
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Despite the loss, New Zealand’s Michael Bracewell had a noteworthy performance, scoring a 78-ball 140, an innings that will be remembered despite the outcome. He will be one to watch in the upcoming fixtures.
Another BlackCaps player to keep an eye on is Devon Conway, who had a less impactful debut in the series opener but has the potential to change the course of the match along with the skipper Tom Latham.
On the Indian side, Kuldeep Yadav seems to have regained the trust of the management and has made the most of his opportunities. He picked up 2 wickets for 43 runs in the first ODI and will be another player to watch. Rohit Sharma is yet to break his century drought in ODI cricket despite some good performances and will be itching to do so, while Kohli would be looking to get back among the runs.
The weather forecast for the second ODI in Raipur is mostly sunny with no chance of precipitation, and the pitch is expected to be batter-friendly with some assistance for spinners. This match will also mark the first international match to be held at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium in Raipur.