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PHOTOS: High-flying Kiwis whitewash India 3-0 in ODIs

Source: PTI  -  Edited By: Harish Kotian
February 11, 2020 15:53 IST
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IMAGE: New Zealand's players celebrate after winning the ODI series against India 3-0. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

An underwhelming India suffered their first ODI whitewash in more than three decades as New Zealand completed a 3-0 sweep with a comprehensive five-wicket victory in the third and final match, in Mount Maunganui, on Tuesday.

It is the first whitewash for India in 31 years in a series in which all matches have been played. They were beaten 5-0 by the West Indies back in 1989 in an away series.


Henry Nicholls top-scored with a solid 80 from 103 balls, while Martin Guptill smashed 66 off 46 balls to lay the perfect foundation. Colin de Grandhomme smacked 58 not out off 28 balls at the end as the Kiwis cruised 300 for five in 47.1 overs to seal the win with 17 balls to spare.

Earlier, India had scored 296 for seven after being put into bat, thanks to K L Rahul's (112) fourth ODI hundred.

Chasing a sub-par 297, New Zealand got off to a flying start as Guptill and Nicholls put on 50 off just 40 balls. Overall, they added 106 for the first wicket.

Colin de Grandhomme

IMAGE: Colin de Grandhomme hits out during the third ODI. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Guptill smacked six fours and four sixes as the Indian new ball bowlers suffered an onslaught. Shardul Thakur (1-87) and Navdeep Saini (0-68) struggled to find their rhythm and were taken for runs, while Jasprit Bumrah went wicketless in the entire three-match series.

Yuzvendra Chahal (3-47) provided the breakthrough, bowling Guptill in the 17th over. At the other end, Nicholls scored a half-century off 72 balls and anchored the innings.

He added 53 runs for the second wicket with Kane Williamson (22), but Chahal struck twice more and Ravindra Jadeja (1-45) removed in-form Ross Taylor (12) for cheap. New Zealand were reduced to 189 for four in the 33rd over at that stage.

De Grandhomme took centre stage then and smashed a half-century off only 21 balls. His explosive knock included six fours and three sixes, as his fifth wicket partnership with Jimmy Neesham (19) came off only 31 balls.

Martin Guptill

IMAGE: New Zealand opener Martin Guptill hits a six. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Earlier, Rahul's first hundred at number five helped anchor the Indian innings. He hit nine fours and two sixes, and rescued India from a precarious 62 for three.

He put on 100 runs with Shreyas Iyer (62 off 63 balls) for the fourth wicket, and later on another 107 runs with Manish Pandey (42 off 48 balls) for the fifth wicket. Hamish Bennett finished with 4-64 from his 10 overs.

New Zealand had won the toss and opted to field. The hosts made two changes, with Kane Williamson returning from injury in place of Tom Blundell, while spinner Mitchell Santner came in for Mark Chapman. India made one change with Manish Pandey included ahead of Kedar Jadhav.

India made another poor start. Kyle Jamieson (1-53) bowled Mayank Agarwal (1), who has suffered a torrid tour of New Zealand thus far. The big blow came when Virat Kohli (9) was out caught at third man in the seventh over.

KL Rahul

IMAGE: KL Rahul celebrates after completing his century. Photograph: Hannah Peters/Getty Images

Prithvi Shaw provided the initial flourish with 40 off 42 balls, but he was run-out going for a suicidal second run in the 13th over.

Iyer and Rahul then anchored the Indian innings. The former batted steadily and reached his half century off 52 balls, his third 50-plus score in this series.

But Iyer couldn't carry on and was caught off Jimmy Neesham (1-50).

It was down to Rahul then, who crossed 50 off 66 balls. His partnership with Pandey progressed well as India reached 250 in the 45th over.

Rahul's hundred came off 104 balls, and he perished in a bid to accelerate. This is where India's innings fell apart, as Pandey also holed out off Bennett shortly afterwards.

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