Another feat for an elated team India, a series clinch without losing a single match. That too, in a straight seven-match-win stretch. In the latest match, India posed one of the highest target that New Zealand faced in its ODI history. Batting first, India scored 337 runs for 6 wickets. The run rate of 6.74 came up with the robust partnership between skipper Virat Kohli and striker Rohit Sharma.
The exit of Shikhar Dhawan after 7 overs was a Tim Southee enterprise, but it came up as the origin of 230-run partnership between Sharma and Kohli. The former scored 147 runs off 138, while the captain knocked 113 off 106. In the stretch, Rohit Sharma also became the fastest player to reach 9000 ODI runs, in 194 matches.
At a point, the players hauled the run rate to more than 10 per over. It was the last five overs of the second powerplay when they scored 56 runs. They played until 42nd overs when Mitchell Santner managed Sharma's wicket. The ending impetus of the inning was from MS Dhoni and Kedar Yadav adding 25 off 17 and 18 off 10 balls respectively.
Kane Williamson sent India to bat first with an eye to the second inning pitch, but the strategy went haywire when his team faced the wrath of India bowlers. In the match, Jasprit Bumrah picked three wickets, becoming the second fastest player of India to reach 50 ODI wickets. He reached the feat in 28 matches. New Zealand started the chase with the strike off Colin Munro. The player scored 75 off 62 balls. He had the support of captain Williamson knocking 64 off 84 balls. Munro struck the spells off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, until Bumrah emerged to salvage the rundown.
New Zealand's chase was upbeat until the 109-run partnership between Munro and Williamson was broken. In 25 overs, the visitors were at 153 for 1. These figures fell to 168 for 3, but Tom Latham and Ross Taylor put up an impressive 79-run stretch to revive the hope. It was followed by the 37 off 24 balls knock from Henry Nicholls. Finally, the team's endeavor got struck with a run rate below the required average. It was the last 10 overs when India bowlers tightened their grips taking down 5 wickets. By the end of 50 overs, the chase reached 331 runs, remaining 6 runs short off the target.
Losing the last ODI, New Zealand faced a series whitewash from India in the three-match series. While, the host nicked its seventh consecutive ODI victory.
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