The third match of New Zealand VS India one-day international series ended with a consecutive 3rd defeat of India. KL Rahul scored his 4th ODI century but it was all in vain as the fast-paced fifty from Colin de Grandhomme ended the New Zealand VS India one-day international series by 3-0.
Rahul scored 12 runs off of 113 deliveries along with Shreyas Iyer scoring 62 runs that allowed for Team India to be at 296-7 at the Bay Oval stadium located in Mount Maunganui. Rahul has a 100 partnership with Iyer and then a 107 runs partnership with Manish Pandey, who scored 42 runs.
From New Zealand’s side, Henry Nicholls scored 80 runs off of 103 deliveries while Martin Guptil added his 66 runs off of 46 balls. Both of them added 106 runs for the first wicket partnership of New Zealand. By the time it was 32nd over, the hosts were at 186-2 and then they suffered a little wobble to be at 220-5.
Despite their little shakiness near the end, New Zealand was able to end the final match of the New Zealand VS India one-day international series with 5 wickets in hand and 17 deliveries to spare. With this whitewash, New Zealand has exacted their revenge for the T20I series against India which ended with 5-0 whitewash for New Zealand. During that series, New Zealand lost 2 of their matches after Super Overs.
Hamish Bennett of Kiwis took 4 wickets at loss of 64 runs which includes the wicket of KL Rahul and the skipper of India, Virat Kohli who could only score 9 runs. From India’s side, their top wicket-taker was Yuzvendra Chahal as he got 3 wickets while giving away 47 runs. His most important wicket was of Kane Williamson who scored only 22 runs.
Up next, India and New Zealand will face each other in the 2-Test Series that will be starting on February 20th in Wellington and then concluding on February 28th in Christchurch.