The captain of the New Zealand team Brendon McCullum has praised the middle-order batsman Henry Nicholls for building up the innings in the first One-Day International (ODI) against and said that he was outstanding which helped them score 300 plus runs.
Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill had given their team a great start as they scored 79 in just 11 overs, before McCullum got out after scoring 44 runs off 29 balls, as he hit 3 sixes and 5 fours, but their best batsman Kane Williamson was dismissed without scoring a run.
Henry Nicholls came in at a sensitive time but built the innings with Guptill. The opener kept scoring at good strike rate as he scored 90 runs off 76 balls but Nicholls added 61 runs off 66 balls and stayed on the wicket even after Guptill had been dismissed.
New Zealand had a batting collapse in between and they still managed to go over 300. McCullum said that they could have scored more but it was a very good total on the ground. He said that this is an era when runs have to be scored early in the innings and much can't be left for the end.
Nicholls had also rescued his side in the first ODI game against Pakistan when they were struggling at 99/6 and scored 82 runs, while playing an anchor role with Mitchell Santner and helped his side reach 280 runs, resulting in his side's win in the match and series eventually.