New Zealand complete 3-0 whitewash against India

The Blackcaps got back at the Men in Blue for the T20I whitewash days ago with a 3-0 clean sweep in the bilateral ODI series.

Having put India to bat first, the Men in Blue put on a score of 296/7 while New Zealand chased it down with relative ease, winning by five wickets.

Here are the talking points of the third ODI:

Another half-century for Shreyas

Shreyas Iyer crossed the 50 run mark for the third time this ODI series. His average in the six ODI matches played this year is 54.4. Has he solved India’s No.4 problem?

Iyer in the last three ODIs: 62, 52, 103

First-century for KL Rahul at No. 5

KL Rahul continued his spectacular form as he scored 112 (113) to take India to a respectable total after they were in a spot of bother.

Helped ably by fellow Karnataka batsman Manish Pandey, who scored 42 (48), the two put up a 5th wicket partnership of 105 runs.

Hamish Bennett bags four wickets

New Zealand fast bowler Hamish Bennett accounted for the wickets of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Manish Pandey and Shardul Thakur. His figures of 10-1-64-4 helped the Kiwis break crucial partnerships and restrict the Men in Blue to under 300.

Guptill, Nicholls propel New Zealand to a good start

Half-centuries from Kiwi openers Martin Guptill (66) and Henry Nicholls (80) helped the Black Caps put up a 106-run stand for the first wicket partnership. This start ensured that New Zealand had no reason to panic throughout the game with a solid platform.

Chahal shines with the ball for India

Yuzvendra Chahal bagged three wickets for the Men in Blue. He also accounted for the wickets of the dangerous Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and James Neesham, giving away only 47 runs from his designated 10 overs.

Colin de Grandhomme takes NZ home with a fifty

Senior batsman Colin de Grandhomme made sure the Kiwis won the game without a hassle. His quickfire 28-ball 58* saw the Black Caps cruise home with 17 balls and five wickets to spare.

With the ODI series done and dusted, both teams will set their eyes on the ICC World Test Championship as the first Test kick starts at Wellington from 21st February 2020.