As the Yuzvendra Chahal broke a dangerous third wicket partnership between Ross Taylor and Latham, Newzealand is currently at 205/6 after 40 overs in the 3rd ODI at Bay Oval stadium Mount Maunganui on Monday.
Soon after the Latham completes his half century, he walked back in Yuzvendra Chahal’s ball, giving a catch to Ambati Rayudu. Ross Taylor (80) continues his stand giving headache to Indian bowlers with accurate aggression.
Earlier after winning the toss, New Zealand chose to bat and got off to a bad start by losing earlier wickets Martin Guptill (13) and Munro (7). Captain Kane Williamson stood a bit contributing 28 runs. Then Ross Taylor and Latham built a fourth wicket partnership of 119 runs which propelled New Zealand score to a decent level.
For India, while Chahal scalped two wickets, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami and Hardik Pandya took one wicket each.
This time, as Virat Kohli has been given a break as part of BCCI’s workload management programme and he would ensure that he finishes on a high on the third ODI, Rohit leads India.
India will also benefit from the return of Hardik Pandya, who was provisionally suspended for his comments on a TV chat show. His return is set to bring balance back to the side.
New Zealand have looked clueless against India’s wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who accounted for 12 of the 20 wickets in the last two ODIs. Kuldeep has looked the most menacing as he claimed two four-wicket hauls in the first two ODIs. At the top of the order, New Zealand haven’t been able to get going due to India’s pace bowling attack.