The visitors executed yet another prolific victory to wrap up the ODI series by a margin of 3-0. India’s top order was the focal point yet again with the bowlers equally culpable for the unexpected turn in events in New Zealand. This was the third instance where the Indian side were whitewashed in an ODI series.
Kane Williamson returned to lead the side after recovering from his injury and opted to bowl first. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli shuffled his playing eleven to introduce Manish Pandey in place of the out-of-form Kedar Jadhav.
The Men In Blue got off to a timid start yet again with Mayank Agarwal failing to make an impression in his first ODI series. Prithvi Shaw, on the other hand, looked in good touch yet again before gifting his wicket away in a suicidal run-out.
Skipper Virat Kohli’s torrid time prolonged with yet another lacklustre outing after being dismissed just for 9. The in-form middle-order duo of Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul were left to rebuild the innings yet again. The pair shared a crucial 100-run stand before Iyer departed for 62.
The Karnataka duo of Manish Pandey and Kl Rahul also stitched a century stand making it only the second instance where India have recorded 100 run stands for the fifth and the sixth wicket.
KL Rahul brought up his century while the lower order contributed in bits to take the visitors to a total of 296/7.
The Kiwis were off to a speedy start courtesy of Martin Guptill’s quickfire fifty. Jasprit Bumrah’s barren run continued while the rest of the pace attack failed to aid the cause. Yuzvendra Chahal was the lone wreck-in chief with a three-wicket haul while Jadeja supported the spinner with an economical spell.
India managed to claw back into the game in the latter half of the second innings, but Tom Latham’s composure and Colin de Grandhomme’s composure was more than enough to steer the hosts to a win with 3 overs to spare.
Henry Nicholls was adjudged as the man of the match for his knock of 80 while Ross Taylor was awarded the man of the series award for his outstanding patch.