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India suffer ODI clean sweep in New Zealand

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Filed on February 11, 2020
New Zealand's players celebrate with the trophy after winning the third ODI against India at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui Tuesday. - ANI

It is the first time India have been whitewashed in a bilateral ODI series of three or more matches since 1989 and the only time it has ever happened against New Zealand.

India suffered a rare series whitewash as New Zealand posted a five-wicket win in the third and final one-day international at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.

A KL Rahul century was not enough to save the tourists, who scored a respectable 296 for seven after losing the toss and being asked to bat.

But the Black Caps, stung by a 5-0 whitewash in the recent Twenty20 series, were determined not to let the chance of a retaliatory clean sweep in the ODIs slip away.

Openers Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill gave the Black Caps a flying start with 80 and 66 respectively before Colin de Grandhomme saw them home when he bludgeoned 58 off 28 balls.

The hosts finished on 300 for five, reaching India's target with 17 balls to spare, despite a mid-innings wobble.

It is the first time India have been whitewashed in a bilateral ODI series of three or more matches since 1989 and the only time it has ever happened against New Zealand.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahals was the pick of India's bowlers, taking three for 47.

Earlier, Rahul boosted India's hopes with his fourth ODI century, bringing up the landmark off 104 balls, before departing on 112.

He was supported by a gritty 62 from Shreyas Iyer but most of India's batters failed to live up to captain Virat Kohli's pre-match exhortation to play positively and post a big total.

Prithvi Shaw and Manish Pandey both reached the 40s but no other batters made double figures, with Kohli out for nine.

Still, Rahul looked set to steer India to a huge total before Black Caps paceman Hamish Bennett slowed the scoring with a late flurry of wickets.

Rahul had a life on 64 when Mitchell Santner's throw at the stumps went wide and the batsman made the most of it to score his fourth ODI century, bringing up the landmark off 104 balls, including nine fours and one six.

Bennett dismissed Rahul for 112 and then snared Manish Pandey for 42 off his next ball.

His fourth wicket came when Shardul Thakur sent a full toss straight to de Grandhomme, and the bowler was unlucky not to get another when Navdeep Saini almost edged the next delivery onto his stumps.

The focus now turns to Test cricket, with the first of two five-day matches scheduled to begin in Wellington on February 21.

The results of both matches will count toward the inaugural ICC World Test Championship, in which India are runaway leaders at the top of the ladder.

SCOREBOARD
India
P. Shaw run out 40
M. Agarwal b Jamieson 1
V. Kohli c Jamieson b Bennett 9
S. Iyer c de Grandhomme b Neesham 62
KL Rahul c Jamieson b Bennett 112
M. Pandey c Santner b Bennett 42
S. Thakur c de Grandhomme b Bennett 7
R. Jadeja not out 8
N. Saini not out 8
Extras (b1, w6) 7
Total: (7 wkts, 50 overs) 296
Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-32, 3-62, 4-162, 5-269, 6-269, 7-280
Bowling: Southee 9-0-59-0 (w3), Jamieson 10-0-53-1 (w1), Bennett 10-1-64-4 (w1), de Grandhomme 3-0-10-0, Neesham 8-0-50-1, Santner 10-0-59-0 (w1)

New Zealand:
M. Guptill b Chahal 66
H. Nicholls C Rahul b Thakur 80
K. Williamson c Agawal B Chahal 22
R.Taylor c Kohli b Jadeja 12
T.Latham not out 32
J. Neesham c Kohli b Chahal 19
C. de Grandhomme not out 58
Extras (b1, lb2, w6, nb2) 11
Total (5 wkts, 47.1 overs) 300
Fall of wickets: 1-106, 2-159, 3-186, 4-189, 5-220
Bowling: Bumrah 10-0-50-0, Saini 8-0-68-0 (w2, nb2), Chahal 10-1-47-3, Thakur 9.1-0-87-1 (w4), Jadeja 10-0-45-1
Toss: New Zealand
Result: New Zealand win by five wickets
Series: New Zealand win the series 3-0
Man of the match: Henry Nicholls (NZL)
Man of the series: Ross Taylor (NZL)
Umpires: Chris Brown (NZL), Langton Rusere (ZIM)
TV Umpire: Bruce Oxenford (AUS)
Match referee: Chris Broad (ENG)



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