New Zealand all-rounder Michael Bracewell smashed a record-breaking 140 off just 78 balls to almost take his side to an unlikely win after they were reduced to 131 for 6 chasing 350 to win in the first ODI against India in Hyderabad on Wednesday (January 18).
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The equation came down to 20 off the final over with only one wicket left and Indian all-rounder Shardul Thakur was handed the ball. The first ball of the over was smashed for a six while the second one was a wide, the equation came down to 13 off 5 balls.
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However, off the next ball, Thakur was brave enough to bowl a yorker and Bracewell was trapped in front as the Black Caps innings ended 12 runs short of the target. It ended India’s five-match ODI losing streak to New Zealand as well. Thakur revealed how it was former skipper Virat Kohli’s advice which helped him bag the final wicket.
“Virat Kohli bhai asked me bowl a Yorker length to get a batsman out,” Thakur said on Star Sports after India took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series