KL Rahul’s Ton went in vain as New Zealand whitewashed India in the ODI Series

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India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI 2020 highlights – New Zealand defeated India by five wickets in the third and the final match of the ODI series. With this, the hosts eliminated India in the ODI series 3–0, a complete sweep.

New Zealand had a target of 297 runs to win which they achieved by losing five wickets and 17 balls remaining in the game. The hosts scored 300 runs for five wickets in 47.1 overs.

india vs new zealand 3rd odi 2020 highlights

The opening pair of New Zealand, Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls, started to create problems for India by sharing 106 runs for the first wicket. The middle-order batsmen too did not let the Indian bowlers dominate their innings.

India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI 2020 highlights

Guptill scored 66 runs and Nicholas played a brilliant innings of 80 runs. Then, it was the middle order batsmen who stood for the home side. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor were out early alongside James Neesham. But Colin De Grandhomme and Tom Latham recused the New Zealanders from a collapse in this run chase.

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De Grandhomme’s batting form was a worry for New Zealand ahead of this game but he played a gusty knock and drove his team home comfortably.

For India, this ODI series wasn’t a great one with the bat and with the bowl. Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets while Shardul Thakur and Ravindra Jadeja took one wicket each. Earlier in the day, India batted first and scored 296 runs for seven wickets. KL Rahul, the hero of the Indian innings, scored the fourth century of his ODI career.

India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI 2020 highlights  – India started poorly once again and two of their wickets fell for just 32 runs. Mayank Agarwal was dismissed by scoring one run while captain, Virat Kohli could only score nine runs. Prithvi Shaw scored 40 runs but was run out. India’s first three wickets fell for just 62 runs.

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Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul added 100 runs for the fourth wicket. Both of them played well again. Shreyas Iyer again scored a half-century and was dismissed after scoring 62 runs. India replaced Manish Pandey in place of Kedar Jadhav in this match and Pandey justified his selection.

KL Rahul and Manish Pandey shared 107 runs for the fifth wicket. KL Rahul was then dismissed with his fourth century of ODI career. Rahul scored 112 runs. Following KL, Manish Pandey also returned to the pavilion as soon as Rahul was out. Manish Pandey scored 42 runs.

India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI 2020 highlights

Ravindra Jadeja and Navdeep Saini remained unbeaten after scoring 8 runs each.

The man of the series award was given to Ross the Boss while the man of the match award was given to Henry Nicholls for his outstanding knock at the top of the order.

The Next Series – Two Match Test Series between India and New Zealand on Friday, 21st February 2020 at Basin Reserve in Wellington.

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