New Zealand vs India 2020: New Zealand Clean Sweep India 3-0 in ODI Series
At Bay Oval, New Zealand has successfully managed to clean sweep India in the three-match ODI series. India lost the third and final one-dayer by five wickets. The victory might be a great relief for the Kiwis after facing a whitewash in the five-match T20I series.
Another bad bay for India's top order:
Earlier, New Zealand opted to field first. Well, it was another disappointing day for the opener Mayank Agarwal .
However, Prithvi Shaw managed to score 42-ball 40. Both the partners failed to give the start to the team. While Indian skipper Virat Kohli also lost his wicket after scoring just nine runs.
However, middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul didn't disappoint with their performances. Iyer scored a half-century before getting out though Rahul built up the innings. The right-handed batsman scored his fourth century in the ODI whereas first as a wicketkeeper.KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Rahul (112) stitched up a partnership with Manish Pandey of 107 runs before it was broken by Hamish Bennett. Both the players lost their wickets as Manish Pandey missed his half-century. He scored 42 runs off 48 balls.
Subsequently, Shardul Thakur was sent back after scoring seven runs. While in the last two over, Navdeep Saini and Ravindra Jadeja added 16 runs to India's total to set up the target of 297 runs.
While Bennett was the highest wicket-taker of his team. He picked four wickets at an economy rate of 6.4. while Kyle Jamieson picked one wicket.
New Zealand's successful ending:
In chasing down the target, the opener Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls set the game for the team. They mustered a 106-run partnership before it was broken by Yuzvendra Chahal .
This is the second time Chahal has managed to break their stand in the series.
However, Guptill scored 66 runs off 46 balls while Henry Nicholls gathered 80 runs off 103.
Kiwi captain Kane Williamson, who was excluded from the first and second matches, returned in the third ODI. But soon he lost his wicket after scoring 22 runs.
However, the biggest wicket for India was of Ross Taylor, who was sent back to the pavilion by the spinner Ravindra Jadeja.
The allrounder Colin de Grandhomme , who was silent in the last two games, scored a crucial 54 runs. He stitched up a partnership with the vice-captain Tom Latham, who scored 32 runs off 34.
Chahal has proven to be the wicket-taker for Team India in difficult situations. In 10 overs, he picked three wickets at an economy rate of 4.7.
Jadeja proved to be economical bowler, picking one wicket at an economy rate of 4.5
New Zealand's innings:
Meanwhile, the two teams will head to play the two-match Test series scheduled to begin from 21st February.