IND vs NZ 3rd ODI: India Beats New Zealand, Sweep Series 3-0
In the 3rd ODI match India defeated New Zealand by 90 runs and swept the ODI series 3-0. Indian team has become the new No.1 team in the 50-overs format.
On Tuesday, January 24, at the Holkar Stadium in Indore, India decisively defeated New Zealand by a score of 90 runs in the third and final one-day international of the series.
India won the series 3-0 with this victory, which also ended their ODI losing streak for the entire year 2023.
Most importantly, this victory elevated India above the Black Caps to take over as the best team in the 50-over format.
India scored 212 runs in just 26.1 overs as a result of a partnership between Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill after being given the opportunity to bat first.
In ODI matches against the New Zealanders, Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir held the record for the highest opening stand by an Indian pair. This remarkable feat surpassed that record.
Gill played more aggressively of the two, blasting 13 fours and five sixes in his 112 runs off 78 balls.
Rohit made a contribution as well, scoring 101 runs. However, when Michael Bracewell and Blair Ticker respectively removed Rohit and Gill, the Kiwis staged a brief comeback.
Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli added 38 runs for the third wicket after India lost its first two wickets before Kohli was regrettably run out.
During his time in the middle, Kohli displayed excellent form, collecting 36 runs off only 27 balls while hitting three fours and a six before being removed by Jacob Duffy.
With a scorching 38-ball 54 that included 3 fours and as several sixes, Hardik Pandya gave the Indian innings the much-needed impetus. Shardul Thakur also contributed significantly, scoring 25 points off of just 17.
After Hardik Pandya knocked Finn Allen for a golden duck, the visitors’ run-chase got off to a less-than-ideal start.
The foundation for New Zealand’s victory was then laid by a partnership of 106 runs between Henry Nicholls and Devon Conway.
When Kuldeep Yadav caught the left-handed Nicholls, who had scored 42, in front, India made a key breakthrough.
After Shardul Thakur quickly removed Tom Latham and Daryl Mitchell from the game, the 26th over became crucial. As Shardul later removed Glenn Phillips, this increased the strain on the Black Caps.
Conway, however, needed just 71 balls to score his third ODI century. Then, when Conway was removed in the 32nd over while trying to take on Umran Malik, India dealt the match-ending blow.
Conway scored 138 runs off 100 balls, an outstanding innings that featured 12 fours and 8 sixes.
In the opening ODI, Bracewell and Mitchell Santner caused India a lot of problems. Bracewell managed to score 26 runs off 22 balls, but Kuldeep Yadav was able to dismiss him, shortening his time in the middle.
Santner, on the other hand, had greater success, scoring 34 runs off just 29 balls while hitting 3 fours and 2 sixes. Unfortunately, Chahal ejected him from the game, ending it.