New Zealand vs India, 3rd ODI: Winning 3-0 After T20I Whitewash is Nice – Henry Nicholls
After the final ODI clash between India and New Zealand at the Mount Maunganui, Henry Nicholls has bagged the Player of the Match award for his vital contribution of 80 runs in the 298-run chase. The hosts defeated the visiting India in the last game and clinched the ODI series 3-0.
The hosts did not just whitewash India in the series, the Kiwi cricketers also broke the 31-year-old record. It was in 1888/89 when India was whitewashed by the West Indies in the five-match ODI series.
Although there were other times as well when India was defeated in the entire series. However, there would always be one or two abandoned matches for obvious reasons. And after the 1988/89 clash with the West Indies, it is only in this series that the Men in Blue were entirely defeated in the ODI series.
Talking about the match, Virat Kohli & Co. failed to live up to the fielding standards they were famous for, while the ace bowlers lacked the fizz.
The New Zealand openers, Martin Guptill and Nicholls easily tackled India’s ace pacer, Jasprit Bumrah. Guptill smashed a six and four on the bowling off Bumrah, who was rendered wicket-less during the last game as well.
Henry Nicholls content to make the comeback after the T20I whitewash:
Although Nicholls was unable to make it to the hundred-run mark in the game, his knock helped New Zealand to maintain the required run-rate within the time. During the post-match ceremony, Nicholls who was named as the Player of the Match praised his partner Guptill to give the team much-needed start. He was content for the comeback in the series, especially after the T20I whitewash.
“To come back and win 3-0 after the T20Is is nice. The way Guptill played today allowed us to get ahead. We got a 100-run stand, but we were fortunate enough to get good starts this series.”
After the conclusion of the three-match ODI series, all focus has now shifted to the red-ball game that will commence after the three-day practice match. During the match, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner were seen practising ahead of the Test series. With Boult and Wagner in New Zealand’s squad and Indian team is known for their ace bowlers in the longer format of the game, another exciting clash is anticipated.
The first Test will start from 21st February at the Basin Reserve in Wellington. Also, the second game will kick-off from 29th February at the Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
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