India in New Zealand, 3 ODI Series, 2020
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date & Time: 11 February 2020
RR: 6.36 | New Zealand beat India by 5 wickets
So that is it from this game and the ODI series. New Zealand avenge for the T20I whitewash with an ODI whitewash. We now move to the final leg of the tour as we head for the longest format of the game. These two teams take on each other for a 2-Test series which will carry 120 points of the World Test Championship. The first Test match begins on Friday, 21st February. The game begins at 1130 local (2230 GMT, Previous day). Cheers!
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson says they were outstanding and clinical. Credits India for putting on a tough challenge. Adds they were clinical against a great side. Tells they had clarity in their roles and that was the main thing. Says the ODI side is looking for the Australian series now. Shares that the team changes a bit for the Tests. On his health, Williamson says he is recovering well.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli says that they were in the contest in all the games and tells that it is about margins. Credits the batsmen for keeping them in the game. Criticizes the bowling and the fielding and says that if you don't take your chances then you will pay in international cricket. Says they did well in T20Is but New Zealand turned up with more intensity in the ODIs and deserved to win 3-0. Tells there are many things to look forward to in terms of Test and T20Is. Adds that he is looking forward to the Tests because of the Test championship and crucial points are at stake.
For his outstanding series with the bat, Ross Taylor is named the Man of the Series. No interview of Rosco has been taken. He played a vital role in the first two matches which helped the Black Caps take a 2-0 lead.
For his match winning performance of 80, Henry Nicholls has been awarded the Man of the Match. The openers says they wanted to achieve a whitewash and is happy to have achieved that. Tells he is enjoying batting with Guptill at the top of the order and his quickfire knock allowed him settle down. Adds that it was good that they managed to get the opening stands in all the games and that set the platform.
Earlier in the day, after being put into bat, India struggled but a century from KL Rahul along with crucial performances from Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey helped them reach a competitive total of 296 but in the end that was not enough for the Men in Blue to get over the line. Hamish Bennett was the tormentor-in-chief with the ball as his 4-wicket haul put brakes on India's budding stands.
A lot of serious questions about the Indian bowling will be raised. In the recent past we all have been ravishing praise on them but when Bumrah does not fire they look like lions without teeth. A rare failure for Bumrah in the series and he ended wicketless in the ODI series. Kudos to the spinners as they brought them back into this contest. Yuzvendra Chahal was the pick of the bowlers and his 3/47 gave them a glimmer of hope.
Chasing 297, New Zealand's openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls laid a platform with a quickfire 106-run stand. Guptill could not continue but Williamson and Nicholls then carried on. They were cruising at one stage but like New Zealand have developed a recent habit, they shot themselves on the foot and from 159/1 they got a hiccup and found themselves stuttering at 189/4. Neesham then calmed a bit of nerves before Latham and de Grandhomme showed how to finish off a game. In the end, it was a comprehensive win for the Black Caps.
Too easy in the end and the saying goes revenge is a dish best served cold but New Zealand do not believe in that. They have given it back to the Men in Blue for the T20I series whitewash with a comprehensive ODI whitewash. India face their first ODI series whitewash in a 3 or more match series for the first time since 1989.
Shardul Thakur is back on. 8-0-63-1 are his figures so far.
Jasprit Bumrah is back on. 8-0-39-0 are his figures so far.
Navdeep Saini is back on. 7-0-59-0 are his figures so far.
Shardul Thakur is back on. 7-0-48-1 are his figures so far.
Powerplay 3 is signalled. Maximum of 5 fielders can be allowed outside the 30-yard circle till the end of the innings.
Colin de Grandhomme walks out to bat next.
Chahal is back. Important two overs of him in the game remaining. He has brought his side back in the game. 8-1-31-2 are his figures so far.
Jasprit Bumrah is back on. 6-0-32-0 are his figures so far.
Navdeep Saini is back on. 6-0-51-0 are his figures so far.
Ravindra Jadeja is back on. 8-0-36-1 are his figures so far.
James Neesham is the new batsman in.
Drinks Break! India have pulled things back here and after looking down and out they are back in this game. New Zealand have thrown it away a bit and find themselves in a nervy situation once again. They were cruising at one stage with the scorecard reading 159/1 but they are now stuttering at 189/4 and will have two new batsmen at the crease.
Tom Latham, the skipper, is the next batsman in.
Shardul Thakur is back on. 4-0-34-0 are his figures so far.
Direct hit and Ross is in danger. He thinks he is in but India think they have their man. Let's see what the replays have to say.
Ravindra Jadeja is back on. 6-0-23-0 are his figures so far.
Ross Taylor is the new batsman in.
Free Hit time!
Navdeep Saini is back on. 4-0-30-0 are his figures so far.
Yuzvendra Chahal is back from the other end. 4-0-18-1, his numbers so far.
Pace is back in the form of Jasprit Bumrah. 21 off his 4 so far!
New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson to walk out after Drinks.
Drinks Break! India have managed to break this opening stand and this game is still not out of their reach. 191 needed in 201 balls and New Zealand are on top but India will look to make the most of the opening they have got.
A run out check! It is referred upstairs.
Ravindra Jadeja is on.
Powerplay 2 is signalled. Maximum of 4 fielders can be outside the 30-yard circle till the 40th over.
Navdeep Saini to bowl the final over of Powerplay 1. 3-0-28-0 are his figures so far.
Change from both ends. Shardul Thakur is on.
Yuzvendra Chahal is into the attack.
Navdeep Saini to bowl from the other end with the second new ball.
We are back for the chase. The Indian players are out in the middle. Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls will open the batting for New Zealand. Jasprit Bumrah will start the proceedings for India.