India 296/7 (50.0 Overs) RR: 5.92
New Zealand 300/5 (47.1 Overs) 6.36
|New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 17 balls remaining)|
|Henry Nicholls (lhb)||80||103||77.66|
|Martin Guptill (rhb)||66||46||143.47|
|Yuzvendra Chahal (lbg)||10.0||1||47||3||4.70|
|Ravindra Jadeja (lbg)||10.0||0||45||1||4.50|
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10.53pm That's that. No taking away from how good New Zealand have been through this series. Sets us up perfectly for the two Tests to follow, I reckon. On behalf of Chandan Duorah and Saurabh Somani, this is Debayan Sen saying goodbye. Thanks for your company, and follow the game with ESPNcricinfo.
Kane Williamson: "An outstanding performance. Very clinical - India put us under pressure, but the way the guys fought back with the ball and kept them to a par total. The cricket smarts in the second half was outstanding to see. We know how good they are at all formats, but for us the clarity about the roles the guys had was the most important thing. The ODI side will be taking this momentum into the Australia series. Outstanding effort against a brilliant India side. (On his own performance) It's recovering well."
Virat Kohli: "I think the first match, we were pretty much in the contest. All three games, the composure and the way we fielded wasn't good enough for international cricket. The way we came back was a positive for us. In the field, we weren't good enough at all. (On New Zealand) We played really well in the T20 series, here in the ODIs, a couple of new guys, good experience for them. They played with a lot more intensity after the T20 series. They deservedly won 3-0. I think because of the Test Championship, every match has that more importance. We have a really balanced Test team and we feel we can win the series here, but we need to step on to the park with the right kind of mindset."
Ross Taylor is the Man of the Series.
Henry Nicholls is the Man of the Match: "To make it 3-0 was what we wanted to do. To put in a good performance in a chase was good. (Batting with Guptill) The way he started put us in a good position in the run chase. It certainly helps me that he scores so quickly. The idea was to put them under pressure. I could just play second fiddle. We've scored well in the first three matches, and that's good to take into the Test matches."
Shardul Thakur has the worst economy rate for any India bowler with 10 wickets and in the top 5 worst averages -- only Dinda ahead of him, says Gaurav Sundararaman.
10.43pm Presentation coming up shortly...
Naresh: "If Shardul completed his quota, he would have scored more than Rahul! #DisappointingTimes! "
Doc: "WOW! Blown away by the Kiwi's this series. Nothing but admiration from over here in South Africa. "
10.38 And so New Zealand consign India to their first bilateral series whitewash in 31 years -- also the first time in 14 years, that India have failed to win a single game in one. Set up so well by the openers, and finished off in style by Latham and de Grandhomme. India will be most disappointed by yet another underwhelming effort by their bowlers. Probably went a little below par on a belter of a pitch with the score, but the way their bowlers began with the new ball set the tone for what deservedly now looks like an easy chase. Yuzvendra Chahal caused a few flutters with a couple of quick wickets, but New Zealand always looked in control of this.
|47.1|| Thakur to de Grandhomme goes for the yorker, but ends up bowling an ankle-high full toss on the pads. Whips this away, and that's that, ladies and gentlemen... FOUR |
Anmol Saxena: "This is so disappointing! No fight shown at all by the bowling unit. Is this our true bench strength? Apart from Shami and Jadeja - no one has really looked the goods. Even Bumrah has looked ordinary. The once unplayable Bumrah has been handled and man-handled by the Kiwis. Thakur is definitely not fit for this level. I question why the likes of Ashwin were left behind. Kuldeep lacks confidence and you can see it on his face. Gosh. All the talk of having the best attack in the world..."
End of Over No.47 New Zealand 296/5 Last Over (3 runs)
Colin de Grandhomme is set to bring this one home
|46.6|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme length, and he punches this past point. There's a man in the deep who comes to field, and they settle for the single 1 run |
|46.5|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme length, punched towards cover no run |
|46.4|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme length, defended around off no run |
|46.3|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme length, around off, and he gets an inside edge, but it goes along the ground through to Rahul no run |
|46.2|| Bumrah to Latham length, angles in, and he plays this towards square leg. Wants two, but de Grandhomme sends him back 1 run |
|46.1|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme length, pushed towards cover. There's a quick single pinched, with a shy at the non-striker's end missing anyway 1 run |
End of Over No.46 New Zealand 293/5 Last Over (20 runs)
Prashanth: "Shardul Thakur = Short + wide" --- To be fair, the length was fuller in the last two balls, and he did make CdG look a bit silly...
|45.6|| Thakur to de Grandhomme fuller, on the pads, and he whips this away towards deep square leg 1 run |
|45.5|| Thakur to de Grandhomme oh, it's all rolling the Kiwi way right now! Fuller ball, off the inside edge, and through to fine leg. Fifty off just 21 balls! FOUR |
AG: "Horrible bowling. Very disappointing "
|45.4|| Thakur to de Grandhomme short, wide, and he has just helped this along, over deep point SIX |
|45.3|| Thakur to de Grandhomme short, and he gets some bat on it as he looks to hook this. Runs away to the fine leg boundary FOUR |
|45.2|| Thakur to de Grandhomme defended towards cover no run |
Raj: "Reminds me of old days of Srinath, Prasad, Prabhakar etc. The moment batsmen went on attacking mode, they inexplicably started bowling full tosses and length balls ready to be hit. Work needs to be done... " --- I keep telling my younger colleagues that this was the best time to be an India fan. The bar of expectations was set pretty low, despite having had a World Cup win
|45.2|| Thakur to de Grandhomme short, down the leg side, and too high as well 1 wide |
|45.1|| Thakur to de Grandhomme short, wide, and cut away past point. Bad ball, and punished! FOUR |
End of Over No.45 New Zealand 273/5 Last Over (8 runs)
|44.6|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme length, played towards mid-on. Quick single called for, and taken 1 run |
|44.5|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme length, around off, and he defends with a drive no run |
Andrew Schulz: "I think it was Pickwick who described Australia's attack as paper thin during the recent series in India. There is no substance in the universe to describe how thin this Indian bowling unit is."
|44.4|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme full toss, and he has whipped this away towards deep mid-wicket. I think the only challenge there was a bit of disbelief at how bad that ball was from Bumrah. Bad direction, and worse length! FOUR |
|44.3|| Bumrah to Latham slower ball, off-cutter, and read to perfection. Just works this towards deep mid-wicket 1 run |
|44.2|| Bumrah to de Grandhomme short of a length, into his body, and he does well to swat it away towards deep square leg. Did well to get it away from any fielder, just moving his body outside the line of that 1 run |
|44.1|| Bumrah to Latham fullish length, but he stretches forward to slice this towards deep point 1 run |
Speaking of yorkers, here's Bumrah
Pavan: "Where are the yorkers ... why so many length balls?"
End of Over No.44 New Zealand 265/5 Last Over (10 runs)
|43.6|| Saini to Latham slower bal, on the pads, and he looks to run it towards square leg. Off the thigh pad. Bowled at just 117kph 1 leg bye |
|43.6|| Saini to Latham fast bowler's response. With a short ball. Too short, in fact 1 wide |
|43.5|| Saini to Latham skips down the wicket, and almost hammers that into the non-striker! Just pre-empts a back-of-a-length ball, and ends up drilling it straight down the ground past Saini FOUR |
38 off 38
|43.4|| Saini to de Grandhomme length, has come back and struck him as he looks to flick it away. Given as runs, as the ball runs towards third man. Just an inside edge, according to the umpire then. India appeal, but don't review 1 run |
|43.3|| Saini to de Grandhomme length, and he drives this wide of sweeper cover. A fumble in the deep, and that allows them to cut back for two 2 runs |
John: "Thakur to thwacker." --- Accurate description of the last two balls, for sure...
|43.2|| Saini to Latham full, driven towards long-on, and Thakur dives across from short mid-wicket to keep this down to one 1 run |
|43.1|| Saini to Latham back of a length, but straight, and he punches this towards point no run |
On the topic of NZ winning, here's Saini...
Charan Js: "As an Indian, I feel NZ should win this game .. not only as a revenge to India's 5-0 T20 whitewash but also because Kane Williamson deserves it."
End of Over No.43 New Zealand 255/5 Last Over (15 runs)
|42.6|| Thakur to de Grandhomme short, around off, another change of pace one suspects, and he goes towards deep mid-wicket this time. Bisects the gap between deep square leg and long-on quite well. Not off the middle, but when you hit the ball as hard as he does, it rarely matters that much! FOUR |
|42.5|| Thakur to de Grandhomme length, around off, and he has muscled this away on the on side. A knuckle ball from Thakur, and he just clears the square leg fence! SIX |
Ashwini: "Its going to finish in Thakur's three Overs. If not Saini will ensure he finishes off but giving freebies!!!!"
|42.4|| Thakur to Latham short, and he slaps this away towards deep mid-wicket. Would be a bit disappointed, Latham, considering this was a ball that could have fetched more than one 1 run |
|1st||106||MJ Guptill 66||HM Nicholls 37|
|2nd||53||KS Williamson 22||HM Nicholls 29|
|3rd||27||LRPL Taylor 12||HM Nicholls 14|
|4th||3||HM Nicholls 0||TWM Latham 2|
|5th||31||JDS Neesham 19||TWM Latham 11|
|6th||80*||C de Grandhomme 58||TWM Latham 19|