The three-match ODI series between India and New Zealand got underway on Wednesday, January 18 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. The first ODI witnessed some interesting play from both teams. However, a controversial decision by the third umpire resulting in Hardik Pandya created a lot of uproars.
The Indian all-rounder walked out to bat at number six when India was at 175 runs with four wickets down. He got together with Shubman Gill to put on 74 run stand for the fifth wicket. It came to an end, following third umpire KN Anantha Padmanabhan’s controversial decision in the fortieth over. Daryl Mitchell bowled an angled-in delivery, which cramped Hardik for room, as he tried to play the cut shot. The batter missed the delivery on the extra bounce, and the bails came off.
New Zealand appealed for a bowled dismissal. The decision went to the third umpire, who ruled Hardik Pandya out. However, the replays showed that the ball was in keeper Tom Latham’s gloves when the bails lit up. There was also a clear gap between the ball and the bails. Hardik Pandya walked off to the pavilion unhappy.
Watch the dismissal here:
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Shubman Gill’s double century powers India to 349 runs
Team India managed to put on 349 runs in the first ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday, January 18 in Hyderabad. Opener Shubman Gill slammed an outstanding double-century playing a key role in India’s innings. He scored 208 runs off 149 deliveries, at a strike rate of 139.6. His knock included nineteen boundaries and nine sixes. This is his maiden double-century and his third three-figure mark in ODI cricket.
Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav also chipped in with thirty-plus scores in the innings. However, Shubman Gill’s innings stole the show in the first innings. Meanwhile, Henry Shipley and Daryl Mitchell picked up two wickets each for New Zealand.