Indore: India swept the series by winning the final match of the ODI series against New Zealand. Chasing the target of 386 runs set by the hosts India, New Zealand’s innings ended on 295. India’s opening players, captain Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill’s century innings, helped India set up a huge victory against the Kiwis. Both of them made a partnership of 212 runs in 26 overs. This is Rohit’s 30th century in ODI career. The captain of the Indian team scored his century in 83 balls. A century has been achieved. The former captain of the Australian team came with Ricky Ponting.
Gill scored his second century of the series. The player scored a double century in the first match. Gill scores his hundred in 72 balls. Also, the partnership of 212 runs scored by Rohit and Gill is the fifth highest partnership by Indian players. Rohit’s 210-run opening partnership with Shikhar Dhawan against Pakistan in 2018 was surpassed by the Indian skipper and Gill. India’s vice-captain Hardik Pandya steered the team to the brink of 400 despite the middle-order fading. Pandya scored 54 runs off 38 balls. Jacob Duffy and Blair Thickener took three wickets each for New Zealand.
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India couldn’t end New Zealand’s innings as quickly as they did in Raipur indoors. On the back of opener Devon Conway’s century, India reached the target of less than 100 runs. Conway scored 138 runs off 100 balls with 12 fours and 8 sixes. Apart from Conway, no other player produced a defensive performance for the Kiwis. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets each for India. Yuzvandra Chahal, Pandya and Umran Malik took two wickets each.
New Zealand now have a three-match T20I series against India. Three matches will be organized on January 27, 29 and February 1. The cities of Ranchi, Lucknow and Ahmedabad respectively will be the venue for the T20 series.
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