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PHOTOS: Rain washes out 3rd ODI; NZ win series 1-0

Last updated on: November 30, 2022 14:49 IST
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Images from the third One-Day International between New Zealand and India, in Chirstchurch, on Wednesday.

IMAGE: New Zealand opener Finn Allen hits out during the third and final ODI against New Zealand on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe Allison/Getty Images

New Zealand emerged 1-0 winners in the rain-hit three-match series against India after the third and final ODI in Christchurch was also abandoned because of the wet weather.

 

Chasing 220 for victory, New Zealand were cruising on 104/1 in 18 overs before rain once again played spoilsport forcing the match to be called off.

Opener Finn Allen stroked a quickfire 57 from 54 balls, putting on 97 runs for the opening wicket with Devon Conway (38 not out) to give New Zealand a good start.

New Zealand claim the three-match series 1-0, after they had won the first match by seven wickets chasing down a huge score, while the next two matches were washed out because of rain.

Washington Sundar bats during his 64-ball 51 runs knock in the One-Day International against New Zealand, at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, on Wednesday.

IMAGE: Washington Sundar hits a four during his 64-ball 51 runs knock in the third One-Day International against New Zealand, at Hagley Oval in Christchurch, on Wednesday. Photograph: Joe Allison/Getty Images

Earlier, a resolute 64-ball 51 from Washington Sundar and Shreyas Iyer’s 49 off 59 balls were the only bright sparks as India were shot out for a paltry 219 in 47.3 overs.

Battling to save the series, India found themselves in a spot of bother, losing half of the side in 25.3 overs, before Sundar and Iyer propped the innings.

For New Zealand, Adam Milne (3/57) and Daryl Mitchell (3/25) were the pick of the bowlers, while Tim Southee returned figures of 2 for 36.

The match got off after a 10-minute rain delay but no overs were lost.

Adam Milne celebrates with his New Zealand teammates after dismissing Shubman Gill.

IMAGE: Adam Milne celebrates with his New Zealand teammates after dismissing Shubman Gill. Photograph: Joe Allison/Getty Images

Thanks to Sundar’s gritty maiden ODI half-century, which was studded with 5 fours and a six, India went past the 200-run mark. The spin bowling all-rounder, who proved his worth with the bat, scoring 37 not out off 16 balls in India's 306 for 7 in the first ODI, anchored the show after Iyer (49) failed to convert a good start. He was the last batter to fall.

Making a comeback after sitting out of the rain-abandoned second ODI, Milne rattled the Indian top-order, dismissing skipper Shubman Gill (13) and Shikhar Dhawan (28).

He then grabbed the prized scalp of Suryakumar Yadav (6) after changing ends to expose India's sloppy batting in the middle overs.

India opener Shikhar Dhawan is bowled by Adam Milne.

IMAGE: India opener Shikhar Dhawan is bowled by Adam Milne. Photograph: Joe Allison/Getty Images

Among the designated batters, only Iyer looked in control; he played some delectable shots before being dismissed following a well-judged forward-running catch by Devon Conway off Lockie Ferguson's bowling.

Iyer hit eight fluent boundaries during his 59-ball knock but fell one run short of what would have been a well-deserved fifty as India stared down the barrel with half the side back in the hut for 121 runs.

Captain Kane Williamson cleverly rotated his bowlers. Fifth bowler Daryl Mitchell also bagged three wickets (3/25), while Matt Henry (10-2-29-0) was economical and pace spearhead Tim Southee had 2 for 36.

Asked to bat under overcast conditions, India made a slow and cautious start. Gill, who looked fluent in the first two ODIs, curbed his stroke-making instinct and scored just 5 off 18 balls, while his senior partner Dhawan looked to attack.

Daryl Mitchell celebrates the wicket of Rishabh Pant.

IMAGE: Daryl Mitchell celebrates the wicket of Rishabh Pant. Photograph: Joe Allison/Getty Images

Dhawan stepped out to Southee with disdain and hit him for a six in the third over. However, the bowler bounced back with a maiden in his next over.

Henry, at the other end, was at his tidy best.

Slowly the Indian openers broke free towards the end of the powerplay. Gill scored successive fours off Milne, but soon lost his patience and chipped one to square leg for a soft dismissal off the next ball.

Desperate to step up the run-rate, Dhawan played on and was Milne's second victim.

Having taken T20 cricket by storm, Suryakumar failed to spend time in the middle when it mattered and was Milne's third scalp.

Deepak Hooda, who retained his spot despite criticism surrounding Sanju Samson's axing in the second ODI, failed to impress yet again and was out for 12.

After Iyer failed to convert his start, India were in desperate need of a partnership with Sundar and Hooda in the middle. But Hooda never looked in control and fell to a Southee rising delivery down the leg side.

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