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Gill, Suryakumar sparkle before rain washes out stop-start Hamilton ODI


Published : 28 Nov 2022 07:48 PM

A stop-start day ended in victory for rain, with the Hamilton ODI washed out after only 12.5 overs of play. Suryakumar Yadav, with 34 off 25 balls, and Shubman Gill, with 45 off 42, entertained during an unbroken 66-run partnership off 46 deliveries, before the second rain interruption of the day killed all hopes of further action.

The threat of rain loomed over Seddon Park when Kane Williamson inserted India, with overcast skies having already delayed the toss by 15 minutes. A drizzle began within three overs of their innings, as Shikhar Dhawan made another sedate start, and grew heavier in the fifth over, by which time Gill had hit two boundaries. The umpires called the players off the field with India at 22 for no loss.

It was 2.53pm at the time, and on-and-off rain allowed a restart only at 6.40pm, with the match reduced to 29 overs a side. Dhawan made his intentions clear first ball after the restart, charging down to Tim Southee, only to fall the very next ball, miscuing a loft to mid-on off Matt Henry.

Gill slapped Henry for a six over fine leg in the eighth over, even as the promoted Suryakumar struggled to get going at the other end, scoring only five runs off his first 11 balls. But he picked up pace the moment he ramped Lockie Ferguson off the last delivery of the ninth over. Williamson introduced spin in the next over in the form of Michael Bracewell, and Gill lofted him inside out over cover; when Mitchell Santner came on for the 11th, Suryakumar hit his first six, slog-sweeping the left-arm spinner over deep square leg.

That was the first of three sixes, as he followed up by reverse-swatting Bracewell over backward point and bashing Ferguson over midwicket.

Off what turned out to be the last ball of the contest, Suryakumar clipped Ferguson for four behind the wicket.

Play was suspended at 7.21pm, and the match called off some 45 minutes later.

The teams shared points as a result of the washout, with New Zealand taking a 1-0 lead into Wednesday's third ODI in Christchurch.