In the third ODI, India did bring on the prowess beating New Zealand by 7 wickets. MS Dhoni sent New Zealand to bat winning the toss only to restrict the team to 285. The openers put up a good strike, but the inning was without the required momentum to pose a 300 plus runs that could have challenged India. The home team gained a good composure in the chase leaving aside the shortcomings of the second ODI. Especially, Virat Kohli's stance and MS Dhoni's comeback added the substance to the match. Manish Pandey, the young player, came up as a strong finisher hauling the chase over the victory mark. India won the match sparing 10 balls with two grand partnership innings from MS Dhoni and Manish Pandey with Virat Kohli. Now India is ahead in the series by 2-1.
New Zealand's inning had a good start. Opener Martin Guptill plundered the fast bowlers and set the tone for a high score. The player seemed to have started a long inning, but Umesh Yadav was successful to trap him with an ingenious lbw. Kane Williamson, who came to crease after Guptill, played with equal vigor, smashing three boundaries until trapped by Kedar Jadhav. Then came the 73-run partnership stretch of Tom Latham and Ross Taylor. The players pulled up the score to 153. After Taylor was dismissed at the 29th over, the middle other fell without much resistance. Within four over after Taylor was put down, India's bowler brought the figures 6 for 169 for New Zealand.
The sluggish inning seemed as if it would not even cross 200 in the moment. In less than 10 overs in the middle of the inning, the India removed six wickets while New Zealand could take less than 50 runs. However, a better stretch was on the way. James Neesham and Matt Henry partnered for 84 runs that let New Zealand to deliver the decent score of 285. The players took the score from 199 for 8 playing with massive sensibility, defending their wickets strongly. By the pre-ultimate over, a few boundaries surfaced. Henry was unbeaten. However, the inning ended two balls earlier as Jasprit Bumrah took away Trent Boult, the 10th wicket.
In the chase, India lost the openers early. The innings in the match were contrasting with the chasing side posing the exact opposite stance to the defenders. Openers Rohit Sharma as Ajinkya Rahane were both taken down before 50 runs. When Tim Southee trapped Rohit Sharma, India was at 41 for 2. Once again, MS Dhoni proved his ingenuity as a decisive captain. He came to bat earlier in the inning and delivered the match winning stretch with Virat Kohli. The players took the chase to 192 partnering for 151 runs. Dhoni struck several beautiful sixes getting into the milestone score of 9000 ODI runs. He is now the third wicketkeeper to reach the figure and the 17th player in overall. He also became the fifth Indian to deliver the score.
Matt Henry took down Dhoni in the 36th over with the player taking 80 off 91. India required 94 off 85 balls in the moment and Manish Pandey came to partner with Virat Kohli. Kohli just ran pass his half century and was upbeat with his strike. However, the inning lost the momentum for a couple of overs after Dhoni. The run rate increased and India required 93 from 78. It was the sheer patience of Pandey and Kohli that let the inning to came out of the grim situation. The players began to plunder the deliveries from Neesham and Southee adding the best impetus in the 48th over. The three fours and a six off Trent Boult changed the faith for India. After the strike, the chase required only a single run off more than an over. Kohli had 154 off 134 hammering 16 fours and six. Finally, Pandey delivered the winning boundary. The players partnered for 97 runs to win the match.
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