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Bumrah, Rohit help India edge out New Zealand to win series 2-1

Jasprit Bumrah (right) picked three wickets
Jasprit Bumrah (right) picked three wickets

India 337-6 (Rohit 147) beat
New Zealand 331-7 (Munro 65) by six runs
Third One-Day International in Kanpur

Jasprit Bumrah bowled a splendid spell including the decisive final over in a game dominated by the batsmen as India edged out New Zealand by six runs while defending 338 runs in the third One-Day International in Kanpur to take the series 3-0.

Chasing a massive total, Colin Munro (75) set the tone for the innings with three fours and a six in the first over and New Zealand raced to 44 for naught in five overs.

Bumrah (3-47) provided the initial breakthrough for India when he had Guptill caught at mid-off. It was also his 50th scalp in ODIs. As Kane Williamson (64) joined Munro, New Zealand wen ton to post 74 for one at the end of the first powerplay.

Even the introduction of the spinners could not slow down the run rate as Munro completed a fine half-century as he and his skipper ensured the boundaries continued to flow. Williamson completed his 32nd half-century with a boundary in the 22nd over and a couple of overs later, the duo brought the 100 run stand as New Zealand had a solid platform to work with.

Yuzvendra Chahal (2-47) helped India stage a comeback by dismissing both Munro and Williamson in quick succession but New Zealand looked relentless in their attack as Ross Taylor (39), Tom Latham (65) and Henry Nicholls (37) all contributed.

By the 40th over, the Black Caps were 247 for three and this is when India did held their nerve as Bumrah removed Taylor and had Latham run out while Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-92), who had a tough day at the office castled for Nicholls.

With 29 runs to get off the final three overs, New Zealand could not quite go past a steely death bowling from Bumrah as India completed a six run victory to take the series 2-1.

Earlier, it was centuries from Rohit Sharma (147) and Virat Kohli (113) that were the cornerstone of India's total of 337 for six in the 50 overs.

Rohit for his splendid knock bagged the man of the match while Kohli was named the player of the series.

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