Navdeep Saini smacks Kyle Jamieson: The Indian fast bowler tried his level best to seal the chase for his team in his maiden ODI innings.
During the second ODI of the ongoing India’s tour of New Zealand in Auckland, India fast bowler Navdeep Saini impressed one and all with his batting skills in what was his maiden ODI innings.
Coming in to bat at No. 9 in the 32nd over with India needing 121 off 113, Saini stitched a 76-run partnership for the eighth wicket alongside all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (55).
Saini, who isn’t known for his batting skills, surprised everyone after he started hitting some eye-catching boundaries. There was a period where the onus of hitting the big shots was taken by Saini with Jadeja indulging in rotating the strike.
The pinnacle of Saini’s innings came on the second delivery of the 42nd over when Saini made room to hit debutant New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson for a magnificent six over the cover boundary to become a source of amazement for the spectators.
Giving the impression of getting carried away, Saini attempted a rash shot on the following delivery which saw him getting bowled as Jamieson’s delivery was right on target. It is worth mentioning Saini’s score of 45 (49) including five fours and two sixes is his career-best score across formats.
Chasing a 274-run target, India were bundled out for 251 in 48.3 overs as Tim Southee, Jamieson, Colin de Grandhomme and Hamish Bennett picked two wickets apiece.
Navdeep Saini smacks Kyle Jamieson
— Anshul kothari (@cricketvideo18) February 8, 2020
Wat a shot saini 💪💪💪 pic.twitter.com/RXjUEspuQd
— Moonwalk🌑 (@Moonwalk9999) February 8, 2020
How Twitterati reacted:
Congratulations @BLACKCAPS on a wonderful win, great character to defend 273 and seal.the series. For India, the fight shown by young Navdeep Saini and Jadeja was wonderful to watch. #NZvInd pic.twitter.com/DxMBWGAsRk
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) February 8, 2020
Navdeep Saini’s 45 (49 balls) today is his highest score in any class of cricket. His previous highest was the 42* (42 balls) he made for Delhi against Orissa at Feroz Shah Kotla in Jan 2015 in the #RanjiTrophy.#INDvsNZ #IndvNZ #NZvsIND #NZvIND
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 8, 2020
— Nikhil Naz (@NikhilNaz) February 8, 2020
Genuine joy around Navdeep Saini and the way he plays his cricket. Values every moment he’s out there for the team. Thinks deeply about his game – May it be a long healthy spell for Indian cricket. #IndvNZ
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) February 8, 2020
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