India Vs New Zealand 2019: India Beat Kiwis by Seven Wickets, Clinch Series 3-0
In yet another clinical show of the ongoing Netmeds five-match India vs New Zealand 2019 One-day International series, Indian National Cricket Team has overhauled the 244-run target comprehensively during the third One-day International in 43 overs with seven wickets in hand. On Monday (January 28), the Men in Blue clinched the series 3-0 at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui with two matches to go.
Dinesh Karthik, who replaced unfit MS Dhoni took India home alongside Ambati Rayudu. Rayudu who struck five fours and a six, remained unbeaten on 40 off 42 deliveries, whereas Karthik remained unbeaten on run-a-ball-38.
In the bowling column, the only highlight with the balls was speedster Trent Boult, who bagged two wickets after conceding 40 runs in his 10-over quota. The left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner picked a lone wicket of Rohit Sharma. The Hamilton-born Santner gave away 45 runs in 10 overs as his slow-ball partner Ish Sodhi went wickets after conceding 53 runs in seven overs.
Earlier, while chasing the target of 244, Team India openers in the form of Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan gave a good start to India. The speedster Trent Boult provided Kiwis with a much-needed breakthrough in the form of Dhawan (28). However, Rohit rose to the occasion to slam his 39th fifty as he put 113-run stand for the second wicket alongside skipper Virat Kohli, who brought his 49th half-century.
However, Rohit who smashed three fours and two sixes got dismissed on the bowling of Santner when Tom Latham whipped off the bails in a flash. Rohit managed to score 77-ball 62.
Kohli, on the other side, was dismissed by Boult when Henry Nicholls caught him. Kohli, who as usual looked in good stead faced 74 deliveries for his 60. His innings was comprised of six fours and a six.
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first at the Bay Oval. The Kiwis were bundled out at 243 in 49 overs.
For India, Mohammed Shami, who was named as the Man of the Match, was the pick of the bowlers who bagged three scalps. Shami conceded 41 runs in nine overs. Moreover, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal has bagged two wickets each.
It’s interesting to point out that the chinaman Kuldeep Yadav, who starred in the first two ODIs went wicketless in the third ODI. Kuldeep gave away 39 runs in eight overs. So far, he has eight wickets in his kitty on the ongoing Kiwis tour.
And this is how Kiwis innings has panned out.
Yet again, Kiwis openers fulled to live upto the expectations. Team India pacemen Bhuvneshwar and Shami removed Martin Guptill (13) and Colin Munro (7) in first 6.1 overs.
The Black Caps had a slow but start to take the team total to 50, but again Hardik Pandya, who made his presence felt on his return claimed a stunner at short mid-wicket to cut short Williamson’s innings.
The right-handed batsman Williamson managed to score 28 off 48 deliveries before leg-spinnerChahalgot better of him.
However, senior batsman Ross Taylor played a crucial role alongside wicket-keeper batsman Latham to steady the ship. Both recorded 119-run stand for the third wicket, and this was not enough.
The Men in Blue bowlers staged a strong comeback to pick wickets at regular intervals. In the b38th over of Kiwis innings, Chahal dismissed Latham (51), who was caught by Rayudu.
However, Latham was followed by Henry Nicholls (6) and Mitchell Santner (3). Interestingly, Pandya claimed both wickets which further saw him giving away 45 runs in 10 overs.
New Zealand relied on Taylor contributed 93 runs off 106 deliveries. In his hard-fought knock, Taylor smashed four wickets.
Ish Sodhi scored run-a-ball 12 before Shami got his wicket. Moreover, Doug Bracewell, who slammed his maiden half-century in the second ODI at the same venue, scored 15 off 18 balls.
Trent Boult was the last man to go for his two runs as Bhuvneshwar wrapped hosts’ innings.
India lead series 3-0, on January 31, the penultimate ODI will take place at Seddon Park in Hamilton.
India vs New Zealand 2019 – Brief Score:
IND: Rohit Sharma 62 (77), Virat Kohli (74) – Trent Boult 2 for 40
NZ: Taylor 93 (106), Tom Latham 51(64) – Mohammed Shami 3 for 41, Hardik Pandya 2 for 45
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