Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in batting, along with a great bowling display by Jasprit Bumrah at the death has given India a victory in the final ODI against New Zealand. The hosts have won the series 2-1.
The duo scored hundreds
India 337 for 6 (Rohit 147, Kohli 113, Santner 2-58) beat New Zealand 331 for 7 (Munro 75, Latham 65, Williamson 64, Bumrah 3-47, Chahal 2-47) by six runs
Setting the Scene:
India were level in the last match in Pune and needed a win at Kanpur to continue their winning streak going at home. The hosts made no changes from the last match while the Kiwis also kept an unchanged starting eleven. New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first.
Batting first, India lost Shikhar Dhawan early but their inning was held together by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Both of them scored hundreds and put up a 230 runs partnership to give India a massive platform to thrash the Kiwi bowling at the end. It was the 32nd ODI hundred for Kohli, who also completed scoring 9000 ODI runs, becoming the 6th Indian to do so. Kohli and Sharma was departed for 113 and 147, and at the end both MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav played useful cameos to fabricate a score of 337 after fifty overs.
Kohli surely is approaching towards the next level
New Zealand in reply started decently as Colin Munro went after the bowling. Guptill was picked up Bumrah but both Munro and Williamson cemented a good partnership and was threatening to take the game away. Yuzvendra Chahal struck twice in rapid succession to dismiss both the set batsmen but Ross Taylor and Tom Latham rebuilt their chase. Henry Nicholls and Latham took the blackcaps closer to their target but in the end the visitors messed up at the end overs. Colin de Grandhomme induced the run out of Tom Latham, and the Indian fast bowlers bowled the last four overs impeccably well to squeeze the Kiwis at the end.
Bumrah picked up 3 wickets
India have won by 6 runs and thus have wrapped up the ODI series 2-1.
- Indian batsmen handled the Kiwi fast bowlers, especially Trent Boult very well today.
- Virat Kohli has continued to score hundreds with ease as the Indian captain is breaking records everyday.
- The end overs of Bhuvi and Bumrah is something that has been goldust for India as the duo has kept the Kiwis quiet in the series.
- Kiwi batsmen couldn’t handle the pressure at the crunch situation and succumbed to it in the end.
MOTM: Rohit Sharma
MOTS: Virat Kohli