The Rohit Sharma led India National Cricket Team won against the Tom Latham led New Zealand National Cricket Team in the third ODI of the three match series by 90 runs at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on Tuesday 24 January. visitors.
India lost the toss and batted first to post a massive total of 385/9 in 50 overs. It wasn’t a satisfying score for the Men In Blue though, as at one point it seemed like 400-plus was easily possible, but the Kiwi bowlers shone and didn’t let the mid-order Indian batters land any big hits.
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Indian opening duo Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill presented a batting exhibition and they put up a remarkable stand of 212 runs in 157 balls. Rohit scored 101 runs off 85 balls, including 9 fours and 6 sixes, and Gill hit 112 runs off 78 balls, including 13 fours and 5 sixes.
From New Zealand, Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner and Blair Tickner performed well on the ball. Tickner took a three-wicket haul and, although Lockie and Santner went wicketless, conceded runs with economies of just 5.30 and 5.80 respectively. Also, Jacob Duffy was taken to the cleaners despite taking three wickets as he gave away 100 runs.
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New Zealand chased down the target, losing to Finn Allen in the first over themselves to a duck. However, Devon Conway batted exceptionally well alongside Henry Nicholls and had a brilliant 106-run partnership.
Conway, suffering from cramps, batted brilliantly, scoring 138 runs off 100 balls, including 12 fours and 8 sixes, before coming out. However, other batsmen failed to record big runs and the Kiwis were bowled out for 295 in 41.2 overs. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav took three wickets each, while Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik shared the remaining 4 wickets.
I thought in the last six games we played we had the most rights – Rohit Sharma
Speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, Rohit Sharma said that Team India has consistently done well in the last 6 ODI matches. He said:
“I thought in the last six games we played we had the most sharing rights and that’s key in 50-over games. We were also consistent.”
While talking about changes in the playing XI for the dead rubber ODI, Rohit Sharma said:
“Without Siraj and Shami, I knew we wanted to give chances to people on the bench. Wanted to get Chahal and Umran in the mix. We wanted to see how they react under pressure. I don’t think a score is safe here.”
Rohit Sharma further praised Shardul Thakur for his brilliant 3-wicket haul in the match. He also talked about the wrist-spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who together picked up 5 wickets in the match. Rohit Sharma said:
“Shardul has been doing it for a while. People call him a magician in the squad. Just needs to get more games under his belt. The wrist spinners get better with playtime.
The captain of the Indian national cricket team also paid tribute to player of the series, Shubman Gill.
“Gill’s approach is very similar. It’s great to come into the team as a youngster and to have that attitude.”
“I hit well, so it was about going the extra mile. The field was good today. Frankly, we don’t talk much about rankings. We mainly discuss doing the right things on the pitch,” he added.
Rohit Sharma further said that they are ready for the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy series against “quality team” Australia.
“Australia is a quality team and it won’t be easy for us, but I think we are ready for the (BGT) series,” he said.
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