Umran Malik got his maiden ODI cap today in the first ODI against New Zealand, and he didn’t disappoint one bit. At one of the smallest grounds in the world, there were doubts if he’ll lose the way. But what the pacer from Jammu & Kashmir displayed was absolute control combined with his express pace.
He came into the attack just after the powerplay ended, with two relatively set batters at the crease. His first over went for 4 runs. The speedometer readings were: 146, 143, 146, 147, 137 and 150 kph respectively. The slower one on the 5th delivery got the outside edge of the Kiwi skipper, although in no man’s land.
He bowled just one more over in that spell, with the pace slightly increasing as he clocked 150 kph twice in the over. The right arm pacer was then given a change of ends by the Indian captain. Umran immediately made an impact as he got Devon Conway edging it to the keeper on the first delivery of his 3rd over. Maiden ODI wicket!
He continued to bowl with accuracy, not giving a single loose ball. Bowling figures: 4-0-14-1. In the fifth over of his quota, the pacer got Williamson edging one for four. And in the same over later, he removed Daryl Mitchell to get his second wicket. 5-0-19-2 so far, with a peak speed of 153 kph.
Williamson and Latham then made a solid partnership, both of them increasing the run rate at a steady speed. Umran Malik was brought back in the 33rd over, and a well set Latham took on him with a six and four. He bowled another over there which went relatively quieter, and the bowling figures were 8-0-47-2.
New Zealand were in a decent position now, needing just 66 runs in the last 10 overs. Shardul Thakur has just conceded 25 runs in his over against Tom Latham. The left hander had completed his century as well. Umran Malik was brought back and got a quiet 6 run over in. His last over was expensive as he ended the game with 10-0-66-2.
India ended up losing the game due to Kane Williamson and Tom Latham being absolutely fabulous. But Umran Malik showed that he belongs here!