Former Indian National Cricket team player Sanjay Manjrekar has hailed the Virat Kohli-led side that wrapped up the five-match series 3-0 against New Zealand at the Bay Oval. The visitors once again put in a clinical effort to beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third ODI.
Meanwhile, once again, the openers couldn’t get through the powerplay, and it all came down to Kane Williamson to up the ante. The Kiwi skipper got bogged down by a string of dots and eventually threw his wicket away. The new ball bowlers from India have done an excellent job to pick wickets in the powerplay on a consistent basis.
But then came the real deal where Ross Taylor stitched a vital 119-run stand with Tom Latham for the fourth wicket. Striving at 59 for three, the duo bailed New Zealand out from dire trouble. Just when things looked uphill for the hosts, a series of errors by New Zealand’s lower order dented plans of a final flourish. Mohammed Shami returned with three wickets, well supported by others as they restrict the host to a modest total of 243 runs.
India wraps up the series
Chasing a modest total of 244 runs, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan got off to a steady start keeping the New Zealand bowlers at bay. Boundaries have come at will for Shikhar Dhawan, who has accumulated five fours in the first five overs, with Bracewell proving to be expensive. On the other hand, Rohit has one four to his name as India move to 31 for 0. However, Dhawan departed after a quickfire 28 edging Trent Boult to the safe hands of Ross Taylor.
Since then, Virat Kohli and Rohit stitched a 113-run partnership to set the tone for India’s victory. But two back to back wickets of Kohli and Rohit helped New Zealand taste some blood for the first time in this encounter. Since then, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik saw it off without further damage strengthening their claims for a World Cup spot.
“I am seeing an Indian team now that I fantasised about as a player,” Manjrekar tweeted.
I am seeing an Indian team now that I fantasised about as a player. #IndianCricket
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) January 28, 2019