Date: 21 January 2023
Time: 01:30 PM IST
Venue: Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, Raipur
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Team India registered a thrilling win in the 1st ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday. After posting a mammoth 349 in the first innings courtesy of a stunning double-century from Shubman Gill, Team India was made to sweat hard for victory by NZ's lower order. Michael Bracewell scored a brilliant century and almost took his side home but Shardul Thakur kept his calm and took the big wicket in the final over to give India a 1-0 lead.
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Team India has been almost unbeatable at home. Young players like Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, and Mohammed Siraj have performed exceptionally well for the side in limited-overs cricket. However, Team India's struggle to dismiss the opposition's lower order is still a big headache for the management. In the first ODI as well, Team India looked in complete control when they reduced New Zealand to 131/6.
However, Bracewell along with Mitchell Santner then stitched over the 150-run partnership and almost took the game away from the hosts. Rohit Sharma will be hoping for a better show from Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya with the ball as the duo went for plenty. Shardul Thakur, who was also expensive with the ball, is likely to get replaced by Umran Malik in the 2nd ODI.
Meanwhile, New Zealand would be proud of how their lower order performed in a big run-chase. However, the top order needs to fire to keep the hosts at their toe from the start.
India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (c & wk), Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner
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Grand League team
Wicketkeepers: Tom Latham, Ishan Kishan
Batters: Virat Kohli, Devon Conway, Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Glenn Phillips
All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Mitchell Santner, Daryl Mitchell
Bowlers: Mohammed Siraj, Umran Malik, Lockie Ferguson, Kuldeep Yadav
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