India in New Zealand, 5 ODI Series, 2019
Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Date & Time: 03 February 2019
RR: 4.91 | India beat New Zealand by 35 runs
So that is it then! The trophy is handed over to India and they are celebrating. A convincing series win for them apart from that blip in Hamilton. Now they need to turn their attention to the shortest format. They have three T20Is coming up with the first one to be played on the 6th of February at 2000 local (0700 GMT). Till then, take care and goodbye!
Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma says that he is feeling good especially after the Hamilton loss. States his team showed great character to bounce back. Reckons the partnership between Vijay Shankar and Ambati Rayudu was the turning point. Credits the way Hardik Pandya batted towards the end. Appreciates his bowlers and lauds their efforts for defending this total under tough conditions. Mentions he would have batted second if the series was on the line because chasing is their strength. Feels they have the right balance in the bowling department and beating New Zealand in their own backyard is a big achievement.
New Zealand's skipper, Kane Williamson says the surface was a challenging one. Mentions that India's good finish saw them end with a total which was slightly above par. States they kept losing wickets at the wrong time which dented their chances of winning this game. Credits the way Rayudu played first and then how the Indian bowlers bowled. Reckons one more partnership for them and the story would have been different. He hopes to learn from this series loss. Ends by saying that the Indians had them under pressure throughout the series and they failed to cope up with it.
Mohammed Shami is given the Man of the Series award for his outstanding bowling. He picked up 9 wickets in the series and played a vital role in India's success.
Man of the Match, Ambati Rayudu says it was very tough against a quality bowling attack. Mentions that at 18 for 4, he wanted to take his time and focus on not losing wickets. Adds that he was more keen on playing out the 50 overs. Considers the Hamilton performance as a one-off and credits his bowlers for the way they defended the total.
It was a really professional bowling performance by India. Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were exceptional in Powerplay 1 and created all the pressure. Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar never let the intensity drop in the middle overs and then the spin of Yuzvendra Chahal bamboozled the Kiwis. Kedar Jadhav also played his part and as mentioned earlier, he hunted down the big fish, Kane Williamson. All in all, it was a complete team effort from India and they deservingly take the series 4-1.
In pursuit, New Zealand lost Henry Nicholls cheaply and after throwing his bat around for a while, Colin Munro's lucky stay in the middle also got over. When Ross Taylor departed, it looked like India will run through their batting order but the pair of Kane Williamson and Tom Latham steadied the ship with a valuable stand. The hosts were well on course after that but the Men in Blue never lost hope. The magic arm of Kedar Jadhav brought them the breakthrough and the Indian bowlers capitalized from thereon. The wickets started to tumble at regular intervals and in spite of the required run rate not too demanding, the lower half didn't show enough patience. James Neesham and Mitchell Santner did try their best but once the former was run out by MS Dhoni, the writing was on the wall.
Excellent win for India! They have bounced back brilliantly after suffering an embarrassing loss in the previous ODI. Earlier it appeared that the script of Hamilton will get repeated here as well when they were 18/4 but this time around, they kept their cool and did well to form partnerships in the middle overs. Efforts of Ambati Rayudu, Vijay Shankar and Kedar Jadhav put them in a good position and then Hardik Pandya's cameo powered their score beyond the 250-run mark.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns into the attack.
Trent Boult is the last man in.
Can he finish things off in this over?
Hardik Pandya is back on.
A slip comes in.
Matt Henry walks in next at number 10.
Astle is a goner! He has been given out LBW. He though has reviewed. Only an inside edge can save him here.
Powerplay 3 time. India can have a maximum of 5 fielders outside the ring now until the end of this match. Doubt that Rohit will do that. He has his field up and not allowing any easy runs at the moment. 64 needed off 60 balls. The equation looks simple but New Zealand have only 3 wickets left.
Mohammed Shami is back on. 68 needed off 66 balls.
Todd Astle is the new man in.
Has James Neesham been run out? The way MS Dhoni is celebrating, it seems so. Let's find out...
Some change in field for Neesham. They have strengthened the on side region.
Kedar Jadhav is back into the attack.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back.
A slip in place.
Mohammed Shami is back into the attack.
Drinks break. 112 needed off 102 balls with 4 wickets in hand. The Indian bowlers have done exceptionally well in the middle overs as well. They hung in there when the partnership between Williamson and Latham was blossoming and once Jadhav broke that stand, they pounced on the opportunity to create further inroads. The Kiwis still have a few all-rounders left but it's going to be a difficult task for them. Let's see how it goes...
Mitchell Santner walks out to bat.
Dhoni adjusting the off side field.
Colin de Grandhomme is the new man in.
An appeal by Dhoni for a stumping has been taken upstairs. Neesham is the man in question. Dhoni does not seem very confident here.
James Neesham arrives in the middle.
Kedar Jadhav is on now. Spin from both ends.
Yuzvendra Chahal is into the attack now.
Drinks break. Great going from India. They have not let the Kiwis off the hook. The new-ball bowlers have done their job and the likes of Pandya and Shankar are also doing a commendable job in the middle overs. The current partnership holds the key for New Zealand in this chase.
Vijay Shankar is into the attack as well.
Tom Latham's turn to partner his skipper in the middle. 215 needed off 238 balls.
Powerplay 2 has been signaled! Now a maximum of 4 fielders can be placed outside the ring. Also, Hardik Pandya is on now.
Ross Taylor walks out to the middle.
Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper, strides out at no. 3.
Mohammed Shami to bowl with the other new ball. He has two slip in place.
We're back for the run chase. Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls are the Kiwi openers. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to kick off proceedings with the first new ball. All set, let's play...