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India post a mammoth 347-run total after Shreyas Iyer scores his maiden century

The knock from Iyer came at a time when the Indian side was in a spot of peril in the first One-Day of the three-match series

India post a mammoth 347-run total after Shreyas Iyer scores his maiden century
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Team India's young batsman from Mumbai, Shreyas Iyer scored his maiden ODI hundred on Wednesday as he led the Indian innings against New Zealand in Hamilton. It took Iyer 16 One-Day International matches to register the three-digit score to his name. The 25-year-old had seven half-centuries to his name, with 88 being his best score before he fell in the second ODI against Sri Lanka in 2017.

The knock from Iyer came at a time when the Indian side was in a spot of peril in the first One-Day of the three-match series. The youngster came out to bat after openers and debutants, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, had returned to the pavillion in quick succession after a fifty-run partnership.

Iyer along with skipper Virat Kohli put up a 100-plus run partnership and after Virat Kohli was bowled out by Ish Sodhi, the Mumbai batsman led the Indian side to a mammoth 347-run total as he scored his maiden hundred in just 101 balls. 

The knock consisted of 11 boundaries and a six as he got to his hundred in the 43rd over. Iyer was lucky on three instances as he was dropped thrice, on 8, 15 and 83, by New Zealand who put up an below-par performance on the field.

Meanwhile, after handing the hosts a clean sweep in the T20I series, the Indian side entered the field without their regular ODI openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. The Indian ODI vice-captain, Sharma was ruled out of the remainder of the New Zealand tour after he suffered a calf injury. In their absence, the pair of Shaw and Agarwal opened the innings for India.

In the last few encounters, the Indian side has found a perfect No.4 for their ODI side in Shreyas Iyer who now has an average of almost 49 in One-Day International matches. His ability to accelarate the innings and rotate strike at will is what makes him worthy of the position.

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