WATCH: Umran Malik almost collides with cameraman; teammates saved him
Umran Malik, who didn’t get a single opportunity in the T20I series, finally received his ODI cap in the first match of the series between India and New Zealand on Friday (November 25). While receiving the cap from coaching staff member Sairaj Bahutule, he looked a bit nervous.
In that moment, he overlooked the presence of the cameraman and was about to collide with him as he was walking back to his position after receiving the cap. But his teammates saved him by making him aware of the man’s position. “Are camera idhar hai (The camera is there)”, the teammates from the Indian huddle shouted. The video is going viral.
Apart from Malik, Arshdeep Singh was also given his maiden ODI cap ahead of the match. Fans were also delighted to see Sanju Samson’s name in the playing XI. The Kerala-based batter didn’t get a go in the T20I series, despite some other names failing to impress at all.
Shreyas Iyer continues his dream run
Winning the toss, New Zealand invited the visitors to bat first. The Men in Blue got off to a flying start as openers Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill showed great form. They both crossed 50-mark individually to set up a good platform for the upcoming batters. After the dismissal of the openers, Shreyas Iyer took charge of the ship.
However, a couple of wickets fell in a quick session in the form of Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav. Sanju Samson then stitched a crucial partnership with Iyer to take the game deep. Samson tried to accelerate towards the business end but lost his wicket in the process.
Iyer then went on to score 80 off 76 deliveries with the help of four fours and as many sixes. A powerful cameo of 37 off just 16 deliveries from Washington Sundar ensured India crossed 300-mark. Team India managed to set a good target of 307 for the Black Caps.