India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI: KL Rahul’s ton in vain as Kiwis complete 3-0 clean sweep
New Zealand won by five wickets to complete a 3-0 whitewash over India in the third ODI. KL Rahul's century went in vain for India
Mount Maunganui (New Zealand): KL Rahul’s century went in vain as India were again defeated by New Zealand in the third and final ODI of the three-match series in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday (February 11).
With this latest success, New Zealand completed a 3-0 clean sweep of the series over the Virat Kohli-led side. The T20I rubber was won by India with a 5-0 whitewash.
Thanks to Rahul’s fourth ODI ton (112), India posted 296/7 in 50 overs. There was a half century from Shreyas Iyer (62) after the top order failed. In reply, the Kiwis achieved the target in the 48th over losing five wickets. They scored 300/5 in 47.1 overs.
Opening batsman Henry Nicholls was the top-scorer for the hosts with a 103-ball 80 while his partner Martin Guptill scored 66 off 46. The duo put on 106 runs for the first wicket in 16.3 overs.
Though New Zealand lost wickets in the middle overs, Colin de Grandhomme ensured that victory was achieved as he smashed a 28-ball 58 not out. For India, Yuzvendra Chahal took three wickets. Shardul Thakur was the most expensive bowler with figures of 1/87 in 9.1 overs.
Earlier, India were invited to bat first. Prithvi Shaw scored 40 while his opening partner Mayank Agarwal fell for one run. Captain Virat Kohli was dismissed for nine. It was left to Rahul and Iyer to stitch a partnership. They added 100 runs for the fourth wicket after coming together at 62/3 in 12.1 overs. Manish Pandey made 42. Hamish Bennett took 4/64 in 10 overs.
Now, the two teams will be involved in two Tests from February 21.