The third and dead rubber ODI of the three-match series between the Rohit Sharma-led India National Cricket Team and the Tom Latham-led New Zealand National Cricket Team was played at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday, January 24.
India National Cricket Team defeated New Zealand National Cricket Team by 90 runs in the match to whitewash the visitors 3-0. Also, India have dethroned England to become the No.1 team in the ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings. The teams will next go head-to-head in a three-match T20I series. The T20Is will be played on January 27, 29 and February 1 in Ranchi, Lucknow and Ahmedabad respectively.
New Zealand National Cricket Team won the toss and elected to bowl first in the match. The BlackCaps made one change to the playing XI by replacing Jacob Duffy with Shipley.
India National Cricket Team, on the other hand, made two changes to the playing XI as Umran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal replaced Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj.
Batting first, Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill once again provided their side with an absolutely outstanding start in the match. The openers played an attacking brand of cricket and completed 50 runs partnership in 45 balls and 100 runs partnership in 76 balls.
Shubman Gill, who once again showed that he has a wide range of shots, reached the half-century milestone off just 33 balls, with 8 fours and 2 sixes. Also, Rohit Sharma played some of the most beautiful-looking strokes and reached the 50-run milestone off just 41 balls, with 4 fours and 4 sixes.
The duo completed the 150 runs stand in 107 balls and 200 runs stand in 145 balls. Rohit smashed the century off 83 balls and it was his first international century after 507 days. Overall, he scored 101 runs off 85 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes, before being dismissed by Michael Bracewell on the first ball of the 27th over.
Shubman Gill, meanwhile, completed his century off 72 balls and overall, he smashed 112 runs off 78 balls, including 13 fours and 5 sixes, before being cleaned up by Blair Tickner on the last ball of the 28th over.
New Zealand made a spectacular comeback in the match as they reduced India from 212/0 to 313/6. Virat Kohli and Ishan Kishan scored 36 and 17 runs respectively while Suryakumar Yadav and Washington Sundar registered 14 and 9 runs.
Then, Shardul Thakur and Hardik Pandya led India to recovery by stitching together 54 runs in 34 balls. Hardik scored 54 runs off 38 balls and Shardul scored 25 runs off 17 balls.
In the end, the Men In Blue managed to post 385/9 in 50 overs. At one point it looked like 400-plus was easily possible, but Kiwi bowlers dismissed the batters at regular intervals and made sure that the Men In Blue don’t touch the 400-mark on the batting-friendly surface.
Chasing the target, Finn Allen got out for a duck in the first over itself, which was bowled by Hardik Pandya. However, Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls didn’t let their side sink further as they stitched up 106 runs in 87 balls, before the latter’s dismissal for 42 in the 15th over, which was bowled by Kuldeep Yadav.
The left-handed batter Conway, who was struggling with cramps, completed his remarkable ton off just 71 balls, with 7 fours and 7 sixes.
As New Zealand were looking to get into the dominant position in the match during the run-chase, ‘lord’ Shardul Thakur, who is labelled by many as the partnership breaker of the side, came to bowl and picked three back-to-back wickets, dismissing Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham and Glenn Phillips.
Devon Conway, who was well set, was looking dangerous out in the middle after scoring a ton, but Umran Malik made sure that he doesn’t do any more damage and cleaned him up on the 32nd over. He scored 138 runs off 100 balls, including 12 fours and 8 sixes, before getting out.
In the end, Mitchell Santner and Michael Bracewell played good knocks, but it wasn’t enough for the BlackCaps to win the match and the Kiwis were bundled out for 295 in 41.2 overs.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI:
fantastic series victory against the Kiwis who also played fabulous cricket. Ahead of the world cup, #TeamIndia appears to be in good shape. Happy to see good form of Captain @ImRo45 @imVkohli and youngsters like @ShubmanGill & @imkuldeep18. @BCCI
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 24, 2023
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 24, 2023
First Sri Lanka and now New Zealand has been whitewash by India in the ODI series..
This Rohit Sharma the Captain for you
— ⧼ʀᴏʜɪᴛᴹᴵ⁻ᴵᶜᵀ🇮🇳 (@Rokum45) January 24, 2023
Congratulations to India on becoming the new World No. 1 team in ODI cricket. Very well deserved 👏 #INDvNZ
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) January 24, 2023
Beat SL by 3-0 in ODI series.
Beat No.1 ODI team by cleansweep.
Beat NZ by 3-0 in ODI series.
Biggest win in ODI history by runs.
3rd biggest win by overs for India.
Becomes No.1 team in ODIs.
What a start for team India in 2023 & World Cup year.!!
— CricketMAN2 (@ImTanujSingh) January 24, 2023
Number 1 rank team in ODI – India
Number 1 rank team in T20I – India
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 24, 2023
INDIA ARE THE NEW NO.1 RANKED ODI TEAM. 🇮🇳
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) January 24, 2023
— Yuvraj Srivastava یُوْراجْयुवराज🚩🇮🇳 (@the_yuvraj012) January 24, 2023
Kiwis against India in bilaterals 🦆
Kiwis against India in ICC events 🦁#INDvNZ
— 👽 (@_cummo) January 24, 2023
— OM ARYAN (@oaquest) January 24, 2023
— Rajesh Kumar (@RajeshDhyawana) January 24, 2023
#IndvNZ India wins third consecutive match against NZ and becomes no. 1 ODI team
— Sathish Kumar M (@sathishmsk) January 24, 2023
#TeamIndia officially became No.-1 Team in ODIs. Excellent innings by both openers and Lord Shardul did his magic in the bowling. Overall clinical performance in the series, won by 3-0. The MOS series should be Shubhman Gill, memorable series for him. Thankyou Conway too. #INDvNZ
— Manish Bhatt (@manishbhattuk) January 24, 2023
T20I in 2021
ODI in 2023*
Rohit Sharma became 1st ever Indian Captain to Whitewash NZ in both ODI/T20I format#INDvsNZ
— 𝑺𝒉𝒆𝒃𝒂𝒔 (@Shebas_10dulkar) January 24, 2023
At some point everyone was tweeting that because of this pathetic bowling of Indian spinners we will lose and Devon Conway what a smashing 100 I couldn't believe we made a great comeback.
— Rimi Roy (@HEYAKHANI) January 24, 2023
India Beats New Zealand By 90 runs to clinch the Series 3-0 & Becomes No.1 Team In ICC Rankings In Both ODI And T20
Congratulations Team India 🇮🇳👏🏻#IndvsNZ
— SK_AKASH¹⁹:²⁹ ChennaiSuperKings💛 (@SKAKASH2710) January 24, 2023
— Abhitosh Singh 🇮🇳 (@abhitoshsingh) January 24, 2023
— Vipul Ghatol 🇮🇳 (@Vipul_Espeaks) January 24, 2023
— DEBARATI (@DebAnu2002) January 24, 2023
That's It! India 🇮🇳 won by 90 runs, clinch the series by 3-0 and now India 🇮🇳 is no1 ODI team also in the world #INDvNZ
— आलोक यादव (@yadavalok1985) January 24, 2023
Men's ODI Team Ranking : 1 ❤️
— Rohit Kumar Gupta (@iamrkgupta) January 24, 2023
— Santosh K Sanju 🧢🇮🇳 (@IamSantoshKsanj) January 24, 2023
— Edges & Sledges Cricket Podcast (@1tip1hand) January 24, 2023
— Ankita Chauhan (@ankitachauhan04) January 24, 2023
India goes to the top of the ODI rankings with a clean sweep of New Zealand 🏆
— Arun Mittal (@armittal77) January 24, 2023
— Rimi Roy (@HEYAKHANI) January 24, 2023
#TeamIndia is new no 1 ODI Team. No 1 T20 Team in the world after defeating NZ in 3rd ODI.
— Blake (@mrethanblake) January 24, 2023
— Pradeep Tiwari (@Vikrama_Dithyan) January 24, 2023