New Delhi. Michael Bracewell once scared Team India with his aggressive batting. The 3-match ODI series between India and New Zealand (IND vs NZ) started on Wednesday, 18 January. On the basis of Shubman Gill’s double century, India scored a big score of 349 runs for 8 wickets while playing first. In response, the Kiwi team had lost 6 wickets for 131 runs. In such a situation, it seemed that the team would soon collapse. But Bracewell made the match exciting by scoring 140 off 78 balls. He made a big partnership of 162 runs off 102 balls with Mitchell Santner for the 7th wicket. In the end, the team got all out after scoring 347 runs in 49.2 overs. In this way India won by just 12 runs.
This is only the 17th ODI match of 31-year-old Michael Bracewell. He has scored 2 centuries so far, not even a half-century. That is, whenever he gets a chance, he scores a century. He has scored centuries in all three formats of First Class Cricket, List-A and T20. This can explain his excellent performance. This off-spinner has also taken a hat-trick in T20 International. That is, he is adept at doing wonders with the ball as well.
Hit 22 boundaries in the innings
Left-handed batsman Michael Bracewell faced 78 balls in his innings and scored 140 runs. He got out as the last wicket. The strike rate was 179. This is the best in terms of ODIs. During this, he hit 12 fours and 10 sixes. That is, 108 runs were scored only from the boundary. Talking about India, fast bowler Mohammad Siraj once again performed well. He took 4 wickets for 46 runs in 10 overs. It also includes the big wicket of Santner. Due to this the partnership of Bracewell and Santner could be broken.
Michael Bracewell scored a century in just 57 balls. In this way, he has come overall second in terms of fastest century in ODIs against India. The record of scoring the fastest century against India is in the name of former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi. He did this on 45 balls.
FIRST PUBLISHED : January 18, 2023, 21:57 IST