KL Rahul ton in vain as New Zealand white-wash India 3-0 at Bay Oval
A 4-fer from Hamish Bennett and explosive half-centuries from Martin Guptill and Colin de Grandhomme inflicted India's third-ever whitewash in a 3+ match ODI series.
IND 296-7 (50 Overs; Rahul(wk)112(113), Shreyas Iyer62(63); Bennett4/64, Jamieson1/53)
New Zealand 300-5 (47.1 Overs; Henry Nicholls80(103), Guptill66(46); Chahal3/47, Jadeja1/45)
Result - New Zealand won by 5 wickets
India made only one change to their playing XI, bringing in Manish Pandey in place of Kedar Jadhav. This was a sign that the team did not want to suffer a whitewash.
For New Zealand, skipper Kane Williamson came in in place of Tom Blundell. Mitchell Santner was fit again and replaced Mark Chapman.
Batting first, India did not get off to a good start with opening batsman Mayank Agrawal getting dismissed in the second over. Virat Kohli followed soon. Prithvi Shaw looked good for his 42-ball 40 but was run out.
KL Rahul then joined hands for a 100-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer. Iyer's dismissal brought another 100 + partnership between Rahul and Manish Pandey.
Despite KL Rahul notching up his 4th ODI century, the team could not accelerate in the middle overs and managed a below-par 296-run total. Hamish Bennett was the strike bowler for New Zealand and picked up 4 wickets.A flyer from opener Martin Guptill made things easy for New Zealand. This allowed the likes of Henry Nicholls and Tom Latham to bat at their natural place.
A 28-ball 58 from Colin de Grandhomme took New Zealand to victory as they white-washed India 3-0 in the series. Yuzvendra Chahal was India's most impressive bowler.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett
India - Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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