India registered a solid victory against New Zealand in the third ODI at Bay Oval stadium Mount Maunganui on Monday and won the five ODI series for 3-0 with two more match remains.
By sealing another ODI series in the foreign soil of New Zealand, Indian captain Virat Kohli continued his legacy just after ODI and Test victories against Australia.
Chasing a victory target of 245, the solid performance by Rohit, Virat, Ambati Rayudi and Dinesh Karthik helped India to reach the winning target at 43rd over with the loss of three wickets.
India got off a better start as both Rohit and Shikhar Dhawan batted for India with utmost care. But India lost Dhawan’s (28) wicket soon. Soon, Indian captain Kohli (60) took over the challenge. He built a second wicket partnership with Rohit Sharma (62) paved the strong base for India. After Rohit and Kohli succumbed, Ambati Rayudu(40), Dinesh Karthik(38) continued their fight and guided India towards the victory.
Earlier, New Zealand, who bat first, finished their innings with 243 runs. With the 119 run fourth wicket partnership between Ross Taylor(93) and Tom Latham(51) New Zealand could reach at a competitive score of 243 off 49 overs against India.
Ross Taylor made a spectacular 93 runs off 106 balls which include 9 boundaries. Tom Latham’s half century came from 64 balls including one boundary and one sixer.
Finally, by the time Yuzvendra Chahal broke the dangerous fourth wicket partnership between Ross Taylor and Latham, Newzealand reached a safe level past 200 runs. After Lathm’s walkback, nobody could drive the New Zealnad innings forward and it ended at 243 in 49 overs.
Soon after the Latham completed his half century, he walked back in Yuzvendra Chahal’s ball, providing 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.