IND vs NZ 3rd ODI: Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill shine as India beat New Zealand by 90 runs, sweep ODI series 3-0

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India secured a resounding 90-run victory over New Zealand in the third and final ODI of the series at Holkar Stadium in Indore on Tuesday 24 January. This win not only secured the series 3-0 to India but also marked their unbeaten streak in ODIs for all of 2023. Most importantly, this win propelled India to the top of the 50-over format, leading the Black Caps were dethroned as the new No. 1 team.

After being sent to bat first, India got off to a great start thanks to a 212-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill in just 26.1 overs. This impressive performance broke Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir’s record of highest opening stand by an Indian pair in ODIs against the New Zealanders.

Gill was the more aggressive of the two as he shot 112 runs off 78 balls and hit 13 fours and five sixes. Rohit also contributed with a 101-run knockout. However, the Kiwis made a mini comeback as Michael Bracewell and Blair Ticker fired Rohit and Gill respectively.

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After India lost two early wickets, Ishan Kishan and Virat Kohli combined for 38 runs for the third wicket before unfortunately Kohli ran out. Kohli looked good during his stay at centre, scoring 36 off 27 balls with three fours and one six before Jacob Duffy dismissed him.

Hardik Pandya brought much-needed momentum to the Indian innings with a blistering 38-ball 54, hitting three fours and as many sixes. Shardul Thakur was also a major contributor, scoring 25 from 17.

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The visitors got off to a less than ideal start to their chase after Hardik Pandya sent Finn Allen off for a golden duck. Devon Conway and Henry Nicholls then combined for a 106-run partnership to set the stage for New Zealand’s success. India then got a vital breakthrough as Kuldeep Yadav trapped the south-hander Nicholls, who had scored 42, at the front.

The 26th over was crucial in the context of the game after Shardul Thakur dismissed Daryl Mitchell and Tom Latham in quick succession. This put further pressure on the Black Caps as Shardul then removed Glenn Phillips.

Conway, meanwhile, achieved his third ODI century in just 71 balls. India then delivered the fatal blow as Conway was dismissed in the 32nd over while trying to take on Umran Malik. Conway’s impressive innings of 138 runs off 100 balls included 12 fours and eight sixes.

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The duo of Bracewell and Mitchell Santner gave India a lot of trouble in the first ODI. Bracewell scored 26 from 22 balls but Kuldeep Yadav managed to get off him, cutting his stay in the middle. Santner was more successful, however, hitting 34 runs off 29 balls with three fours and two sixes. Unfortunately, Chahal ejected him, ending the match.

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