India in New Zealand, 5 ODI Series, 2019

New Zealand vs India - 3rd ODI

Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui

Date & Time: 28 January 2019

India 245/3

RR: 5.69 | India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma stumped Mitchell Santner stumped Mitchell Santner 627732
Shikhar Dhawan c Ross Taylor & b Trent Boult c Ross Taylor & b Trent Boult 282760
Virat Kohli c Henry Nicholls & b Trent Boult c Henry Nicholls & b Trent Boult 607461
Ambati Rayudu not out not out 404251
Dinesh Karthik not out not out 383851
Kedar Jadhav
Hardik Pandya
Kuldeep Yadav
Yuzvendra Chahal
Mohammed Shami
Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Extras 17 (b 1, lb 0, w 16, nb 0)
Total 245 (3 Wkts, 43.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
39-1 (Shikhar Dhawan,8.2), 152-2 (Rohit Sharma,28.5), 168-3 (Virat Kohli,31.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Trent Boult10 1 40 2 4.00
Doug Bracewell6 0 49 0 8.17
Lockie Ferguson10 1 57 0 5.70
Mitchell Santner10 0 45 1 4.50
Ish Sodhi7 0 53 0 7.57

India have the series wrapped up. This will give them a chance to test some the fringe players who have been waiting for their turn. New Zealand had an improved performance, but there's still plenty to work on. The fourth game is scheduled to take place in Hamilton, at 1500 local (0200 GMT). Tune in for that one. Take care!

India captain, Virat Kohli, says it's been amazing as they have had three clinical games. Praises the relentlessness of the side and mentions that's the part that pleases him the most. Adds that the confidence in the team is huge as everyone is hungry to perform. Informs that he's going to take a break for a while as he hasn't had one in a while, so is happy that he's going to do it after his team has won the series. States that there's plenty of young talent coming up through the ranks and he's looking forward to seeing them grow.

New Zealand captain, Kane Williamson, says this Indian side is number 1 in the world for a reason. Adds that there are lessons to take from this and they must better themselves as individuals and as a team. Further adds that the main lesson to take is how the Indians went about their business with the ball. States that in white-ball cricket, the margin for error isn't much, so have to keep that in mind. Reckons that there were some improvements in the batting department but they just have to take it a little bit further. Feels that if they took early wickets, it'd be easier for them to perform better in games.

Man of the Match, Mohammed Shami, says it's difficult to bowl against the wind. Adds that one bowler goes with it, one against it, but it's all part of the game as everyone has to adjust.

Half the job was done at the innings break. Chasing this not-so-big target down was never going to be an issue for this quality Indian side. The start set it up, then Rohit and Kohli built on that with their century stand (notching up fifties of their own) and then, the Rayudu-Karthik pair finished the job. The New Zealand bowlers didn't have much to defend, but could have certainly done much better. Maybe they can take a leaf out of India's book as they were disciplined and ruthless with the ball, not giving away anything easily.

You can only marvel at the ease with which India manage to chase down totals. As it has been in the series so far, it's another controlled and comfortable win for the Men in Blue. They first did the business with the ball, keeping New Zealand to just 243 on a decent batting surface. The fact there was only one century stand, between Taylor and Latham who scored fifties, and the next highest was of 33, says plenty about how far this Indian side has come, especially as a bowling unit. It was a collective performance from them.

D Bracewell to A Rayudu, FIVE WIDES! In a fashion, but a victory is a victory. INDIA WIN BY 7 WICKETS AND WIN THE SERIES! Bracewell bangs it in short, it angles down, Rayudu doesn't do anything about it as it goes over him and the keeper to the fence behind.

Doug Bracewell brought into the attack.

Ish Sodhi to D Karthik, Hits it to the man at covers and ends the over.
Ish Sodhi to D Karthik, Flighted leg break around off, just behind a driving length, Dinesh is forward as he tamely pushes it to cover-point.
Ish Sodhi to D Karthik, Wide! Spinning away from outside off, too far out, goes across the tramline as DK tries to cut it away.
Ish Sodhi to D Karthik, FOUR! Just 5 runs from victory. Karthik gets low to this flatter ball and half-pulls, half-sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary.
Ish Sodhi to A Rayudu, Full and a little quicker outside off, driven through covers for a run.
Ish Sodhi to D Karthik, Spinning away from around off, it's crunched through to sweeper cover for a single.
Ish Sodhi to D Karthik, SIX! Karthik gives the charge, takes this on the full, says thank you very much and dispatches it. Jumps out, it's a high full toss but he heaves it over mid-wicket for a maximum.
L Ferguson to D Karthik, Room offered outside off, it's guided to third man for a single.
L Ferguson to D Karthik, In the corridor of uncertainty, Karthik shoulders arms to it.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, Hangs on the back foot and cracks it square through the off side for a run.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, FOUR! Very well played, Ambati Rayudu. Knew the ball would be banged in short, so he waited for it and ramped it over the keeper's head, across the third man fence for a boundary.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, On the fourth stump line, Rayudu looks to punch it through the line but gets an inside edge back to the keeper.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, Serves a length delivery in the off stump channel, the batter leaves it alone.
T Boult to D Karthik, Length ball just around off, kept out from inside the crease.
T Boult to A Rayudu, Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
T Boult to D Karthik, Glides this one going across him past point and earns a single.
T Boult to D Karthik, Back of a length outside off, DK loosely plays at it and misses.
T Boult to A Rayudu, Full outside off, going across, Rayudu drives it square past point. Munro out in the deep mops it up and keeps the batsmen down to two.
T Boult to A Rayudu, Short of a good length angling across, Ambati taps it down in front of point.

POWERPLAY 3. 5 fielders allowed outside the 30-yard circle. Does it matter?

L Ferguson to D Karthik, Yorker outside off, DK looks to dig it out but misses.
L Ferguson to D Karthik, FOUR! Cracking shot. 50 partnership between Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik. Short delivery, Karthik pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary. India are racing away with the game.
L Ferguson to D Karthik, A bouncer around middle, Karthik sways away from the line.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, Short of a length delivery on leg, Rayudu looks to push but it goes of the outer half towards the leg side. The batsmen take a run.
L Ferguson to D Karthik, Wide outside off, Dinesh taps it towards point for a single.
L Ferguson to D Karthik, Length delivery on middle, Karthik tucks it to mid-wicket.
T Boult to A Rayudu, FOUR! CLOUT! Another short ball, mercilessly pulled over mid-wicket for a boundary! 11 from the over. Not a successful return from Boult.
T Boult to D Karthik, That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. One run added to the total.
T Boult to A Rayudu, Outside off, punched through the covers for a single.
T Boult to A Rayudu, The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
T Boult to D Karthik, Another short ball, pulled away for a single.
T Boult to D Karthik, FOUR! Welcome back into the attack! A short ball, around middle, Karthik pulls it over mid-wicket for a boundary!

Trent Boult returns. 8-1-26-2 so far.

L Ferguson to A Rayudu, Outside off, the batsman leaves it alone.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, Bowls a bouncer down leg, Rayudu does well to duck under it.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, THAT STAYED LOW! Good length delivery on middle, Rayudu gets across to defend but the ball shoots low. Somehow he gets his bat down in time and the ball goes off the leading edge to cover.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, Good shape on this one. Full outside off, Rayudu looks to drive but gets beaten by the away movement on this one.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, WIDE! Bowls short down the leg side, Rayudu lets it go.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, A short ball, Ambati rises with the ball but is not able to adjust. Fends it to the off side.
L Ferguson to A Rayudu, A bouncer, around off, Rayudu sways away.

Lockie Ferguson is back on. 7-1-44-0 so far.

Ish Sodhi to D Karthik, Full on off, the keeper-batsman drives it straight back to the bowler.