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New Zealand Register Magnificent 3-0 Series Whitewash After Incredible Win

After losing the toss and being asked to bat first, India got off to a disappointing start losing two quick wickets in the form of Mayank Agarwal and captain Virat Kohli with just 32 runs on the board. Prithvi Shaw too got dismissed very soon after scoring 40 runs off 42 balls. The pair of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul then got together to bail their team out of trouble.

The duo stitched a brilliant partnership of 100 runs for the fourth wicket. Iyer played a fine innings of 62 runs off 63 balls before getting dismissed by Jimmy Neesham in the 31st over. However, Rahul at the other end showed great temperament and composure and went on to notch up his fourth ODI hundred. Rahul added a vital partnership of 107 runs along with Manish Pandey.

Rahul played an exceptional knock of 112 runs off 113 balls that included 9 fours and 2 sixes and Pandey too played nicely for his 48-ball 42, but both of them got out one after the other and at a very crucial time. Eventually, India finished with a pretty challenging total of 296 for 7 in 50 overs. For New Zealand, Hamish Bennett bowled really well and finished with four crucial wickets.

In the second innings, New Zealand got off to a remarkable start as both their in-form openers, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls came out with a positive mindset. The opening duo provided their team with a strong foundation at the top with an excellent stand of 106 runs for the first wicket. Guptill played yet another fine knock of 66 runs off 46 balls that included 6 fours and 4 sixes.

The pair of Nicholls and captain Kane Williamson then added vital 53 runs for the second wicket before the latter was dismissed in the 28th over. The in-form Ross Taylor failed to contribute much with the bat this time. Just like the first ODI, Nicholls once again failed to convert his start into a big hundred as he got out after scoring an amazing 80 runs off 103 balls.

The pair of Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme then batted very much sensibly to take New Zealand home pretty comfortably with 17 balls to spare. Grandhomme smashed a quick-fire unbeaten knock of 58 runs off just 28 balls and Latham also played well and remained unbeaten at 32 off 34 balls. For the first time in his ODI career, Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless in an international game. Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the Indian bowlers finishing with three wickets.

Brief Scores

India: 296/7 in 50 overs (KL Rahul-112, Shreyas Iyer-62, Manish Pandey-42; Hamish Bennett 4/64)

New Zealand: 300/5 in 47.1 overs (Henry Nicholls-80, Martin Guptill-66, Colin de Grandhomme-58*; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/47)

Result: New Zealand won the match by 5 wickets.