Umran Malik was in the headlines after making his ODI debut on Friday in the first match of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland. The 23-year-old managed to make an impact immediately. He took his maiden wicket in the format in his third over, nicking Devon Conway caught behind by Rishabh Pant.
Fondly known as ‘The Jammu Express’, Umran took his second wicket in the 20th over of the match. He dismissed Daryl Mitchell with a sizzling delivery that was pitched outside the off stump. Mitchell tried to slash it hard and wanted to send it out of the park but only found a thick outside edge and the ball went to substitute fielder Deepak Hooda at deep backward point.
Umran was very overjoyed after taking his second wicket and expressed it with Shikhar Dhawan's famous ‘thigh five’ celebration which is popularly known as ‘Le Panga’ in Kabaddi.
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New Zealand thrashed India by 7 wickets in the first ODI
An unbeaten knock of 145 by left-hander Tom Latham and a classy knock of 94 not out from the captain Kane Williamson drove New Zealand to a comprehensive victory over India by 7 wickets. The kiwis chased down the target of 307 easily in 47.1 overs after losing only 3 wickets and took lead in the series by 1-0.
The bowling effort from India was average as they managed to take only 3 wickets. Shardul Thakur provided the first breakthrough for the team and Malik dismissed 2 kiwi batters. However, the other bowlers were failed to leave any impact as Williamson kept his end safe, allowing his batting partner Latham to attack freely.
Earlier, in India’s inning, the opening pair of Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill gave an excellent start with a 100-run partnership. Gill scored 50 runs while Dhawan departed after scoring 72 runs. India were in trouble after losing Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav in the same over. However, Shreyas Iyer established the innings with 80 runs. Washington Sundar’s quickfire 37* off 16 propelled them to 306/7 in 50 Overs.