Shubman Gill scored a brilliant 208 as India held on to beat New Zealand by 12 runs in the first one-day international in Hyderabad on Wednesday despite a blistering century from Michael Bracewell.
India looked to be coasting to victory with New Zealand in deep trouble at 131-6 while chasing 350 after opener Gill made just the 10th double hundred in men’s ODI history. He also became the youngest man to score a double ton, going past the mark set recently by Ishan Kishan.
India win by 12 runs!
A thrilling end to a thrilling match. 🤯
Heartbreak for Bracewell who scored 140 and kept New Zealand in the hunt but eventually, the Indian bowlers prevail.
— The Field (@thefield_in) January 18, 2023
All-rounder Bracewell responded by making 140 off 78 balls before falling in the final over when he was pinned leg before wicket by Shardul Thakur.
Disciplined early spells by India fast bowlers Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj restricted New Zealand before Bracewell’s late fireworks gave them hope of a sensational win.
Finn Allen struck a breezy 40 at the top of the order but New Zealand were facing a heavy defeat once Siraj removed Tom Latham for the sixth wicket.
Bracewell was then joined by left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, who hit…