3rd ODI, Brief Scores: India (244/3) beat New Zealand (243) by 7 wickets to take an unbeatable 3-0 series lead. Rohit (62), Kohli (60), Rayudu (40*).
Virat Kohli said he was pleased with India’s clinical cricket after clinching the ODI series against New Zealand on Monday. Chasing 244 in the third ODI, India got home with 8 wickets to spare thanks to fifties from Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Mohammed Shami was named man-of-the-match for the second time this series.
Kohli said he was pleased with India’s relentlessness in the three ODIs so far: “It’s amazing. Three clinical games for us. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical games. The relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me. We really enjoy ourselves and the guys believe in their skills and they are showing it on the field.
“When a guy doesn’t get runs in a couple of games the opposition still feels that he’s gonna fire. I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been hectic. I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how it goes. Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even ten percent of that when I was 19,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
Virat Kohli has been rested for the final two ODIs and the T20I series against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma will take over as captain for the five limited-overs matches.
But Kohli will be thrilled with the way his team played. India were clinical and ruthless as the batting and bowling units clicked together perfectly.
After three matches, India’s top three happen to be the three leading scorers in the series. Shikhar Dhawan has 169 runs, Rohit Sharma has 160 while Kohli finished with 148 runs including two scores in the 40s and his best of 60 on Monday.
Kuldeep Yadav with 8 wickets is the most successful bowler in the series. Mohammed Shami (7) and Yuzvendra Chahal (6) are second and third respectively while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Trent Boult are joint-fourth with four wickets apiece.
No other New Zealand bowler has more than Boult’s four wickets and that itself reflects the massive gulf between the two teams.