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NZ v India 3rd ODI: Rain has the final say, New Zealand claim ODI series

New Zealand claimed the three-match ODI series against India 1-0, after the third match was called off with two overs still to be bowled to complete the mandatory 20 overs at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Wednesday.

Asked to bat, India was bowled out for 219 in 47.3 overs and in response New Zealand was at 104 for one in 18 overs with two overs still to be bowled for it to be considered an official ODI. New Zealand was ahead by 50 runs on the DLS method when persistent rain washed out the play.

Earlier, India started off cautiously as their openers captain Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill put on 39 for the first wicket. Later, Shreyas Iyer held the innings together. He shared crucial stands with Rishabh Pant and Suryakumar Yadav. Iyer stood tall as he made 49 off 59 balls with eight boundaries. Washington Sundar then took charge of the innings towards the innings. Sundar made an efficient 51 off 64 balls with five boundaries and a six. In the end India finished on 219 in 47.3 overs. For New Zealand the successful bowlers were Daryl Mitchell (3-25), Adam Milne (3-57) and Tim Southee (2-36).

In their chase, New Zealand openers Finn Allen and Devon Conway got off to a smart start. Together the openers Conway and Allen added 97 for the opening wicket. They dismantled the inexperienced Indian pace attack as they made merry on some indisciplined bowling. Allen was the only man to fall as he made 57 off 54 balls with eight boundaries and a six. Shortly thereafter rains disrupted the match and the play never started again. New Zealand was 104 for one in 18 overs with two overs still to be bowled for it to be constituted a match.

New Zealand's Tom Latham was named player of the series. 

Match Summary
India: 219 (47.3)
Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Shubman Gill-8.4 ov), 2-55 (Shikhar Dhawan-12.6 ov), 3-85 (Rishabh Pant-20.3 ov), 4-110 (Suryakumar Yadav-24.1 ov), 5-121 (Shreyas Iyer-25.3 ov), 6-149 (Deepak Hooda-33.4 ov), 7-170 (Deepak Chahar-36.3 ov), 8-201 (Yuzvendra Chahal-44.3 ov), 9-213 (Arshdeep Singh-46.2 ov), 10-219 (Washington Sundar-47.3 ov)

New Zealand: 104-1 (18)
Fall of wickets: 1-97 (Finn Allen-16.3 ov)

SCORECARD

Playing XIs
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson (captain), Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham (wicket-keeper), Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson

India: Shikhar Dhawan (captain), Shubman Gill, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar

Match Details
Toss: New Zealand, elected to field
Venue: Hagley Oval, Christchurch
Start time: 0030 hrs GMT
Match officials: Chris Brown, Chris Gaffaney (On-field Umpires); Shaun Haig (TV Umpire); Wayne Knights (Reserve Umpire); Jeff Crowe (Match-referee)

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