Indore. Skipper Rohit Sharma’s maiden ODI ton in three years besides Shubman Gill’s blistering ton helped India beat New Zealand by 90 runs in the third and final match here on Tuesday to take a 3-0 series clean sweep and climb to the top of the ICC team rankings. has reached Chasing India’s target of 386, New Zealand’s team failed despite Devon Conway’s career-best 138 off 100 balls, studded with 12 fours and eight sixes, and his second-wicket stand of 106 with Henry Nicholls (42). Got piled on 295 runs in 41.2 overs.
India has cleaned New Zealand for the third time in the ODI series. For India, Shardul Thakur (3/45) destroyed the middle order while Kuldeep Yadav (3/62) troubled the lower order. India had earlier scored their first ODI century since January 2020 with skipper Rohit (101 off 85 balls, nine fours, six sixes) and Gill (112 off 78 balls, 13 fours, five sixes) with their first wicket stand of 212. Scored 385 runs for nine wickets with the partnership of. Hardik Pandya also played a fiery innings in the last over, contributing 54 runs in 38 balls with three sixes and as many fours.
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Chasing the target, New Zealand got off to a bad start and the team lost the wicket of Finn Allen (0) on the second ball of the innings, who played Hardik Pandya’s ball on the wicket. Conway and Nicholls then decorated the innings. Both kept the Indian bowlers bereft of success till the 15th over. Nicholls hit Shardul for two sixes while Pandya and Umran Malik brought the ball into the audience. Conway completed his half-century in 41 balls with a six off Washington Sundar.
Rohit then handed the ball to Kuldeep and the left-arm spinner trapped Nicholls in his second over. Conway was lucky to score 58 in the next over when wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan missed a stumping opportunity off Yuzvendra Chahal. Taking full advantage of the lifeline, Conway hit Chahal for two consecutive sixes to complete his century in just 71 balls.
Shardul then gave India double success by dismissing Daryl Mitchell (24) and captain Tom Latham (00) on consecutive balls. Mitchell was declared not out by the on-field umpire on Shardul’s bouncer, but after taking DRS, it was found that the ball touched his gloves and reached Ishan. Shardul’s next ball was a full toss and Latham played it straight to Pandya at mid-off. In the next over of Shardul, Glenn Phillips (05) also waved the ball in the air and caught Kohli, which made New Zealand’s score from 184 for two to 200 for five. Conway meanwhile continued the offensive. Rohit handed the ball to Umran and he did not disappoint, getting Conway caught by the captain at mid-wicket.
The team’s responsibility was once again on the pair of Michael Bracewell (26) and Mitchell Santner (34). However, before the pair became a threat, Kuldeep stumped Bracewell on a wide ball and then sent Lockie Ferguson (07) to the pavilion. Chahal (2/43) dismissed Jacob Duffy (0) and Santner to ensure India’s victory. Earlier, Latham won the toss and elected to bowl first, after which Rohit and Gill targeted all New Zealand bowlers during their partnership of 26.1 overs. Gill scored 22 runs in the eighth over of the innings off Lockie Ferguson with four fours and a six, which reflects his form.
Gill completed his half-century in the 12th over with a four off Santner, while an over later, Rohit also crossed the 50-run mark with a six off the same spinner. Rohit and Gill together hit 22 fours and 11 sixes and took the team’s score past 200 runs in the 25th over. Both Rohit and Gill completed centuries in the 26th over. Rohit brought up his 100 off 83 balls with a single off pacer Blair Tickner. On the last ball of the same over of Tickner, Gill completed his century in just 72 balls with fours. Bracewell gave the team its first success.
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Rohit got bowled in an attempt to play a big shot on the low ball of this spinner. Gill also caught Conway in the next over of Tickner by waving the ball in the air. Ishan (17) took nine balls to open the account. He didn’t look comfortable at all and was eventually run out after a misunderstanding with Virat Kohli (36). Kohli looked in fine touch during his brief innings but was caught by Allen at mid-off while trying to lift and hit Jacob Duffy.
Suryakumar Yadav disappointed once again and after scoring just 14 runs, he was caught by Duffy at long-on to Conway. Pandya and Shardul (25) played an important role in taking the team’s score beyond 380 runs by adding 54 runs for the seventh wicket. For New Zealand, Duffy and Tickner took three wickets each for 100 and 76 runs respectively. (agency)