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The Rohit Sharma-led team India completed a series sweep (3-0) as they emerged victorious in the third and final ODI against New Zealand by 90 runs. The two sides crossed swords at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, January 24.
Opting to field first, Tom Latham and co. were swiftly put on the backfoot as the Indian openers fired in tandem to help India post a mammoth total on the scoreboard. Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill produced yet another sensational performance as the two stitched a 212-run partnership which is also the highest by an opening pair against New Zealand in ODIs.
Interestingly, the Indian skipper slammed his second-fastest century in just 83 deliveries which also marked his 30th ton in ODIs overall. Only Virat Kohli and India great Sachin Tendulkar have more tons than Rohit in the 50-over format with 46 and 49 centuries, respectively.
Following the dismissals of Rohit (101 runs) and Gill (112 runs), the middle order failed to maintain the momentum and the team lost wickets at regular intervals. However, star all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s 54 off 38 balls steered the side to attain a mammoth 385 runs in their stipulated 50 overs.
Devon Conway fires all guns blazing in massive run chase
In response to the score, the Kiwis required some big performances from their batting unit to help their case. However, the visitors lost opener Finn Allen on the second ball of the contest as Hardik sent him packing.
Despite the early fall of wicket, Devon Conway turned out to be the pillar in their run chase as the batter scored a blistering knock and nearly revived the innings. Conway amassed 138 runs off 100 deliveries which included eight maximums and 12 boundaries before getting dismissed by speedster Umran Malik. Shardul Thakur returned with bowling figures of 3/45 in his six overs.
As the bowling unit kept mounting the pressure by picking up the wickets swiftly, the Kiwis began to lose confidence. Eventually the visitors succumbed under pressure and handed India the win by 90 runs and thereby the series 3-0.
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