Rahul ton in vain, New Zealand beats India to complete 3-0 whitewash

Catch all the highlights, commentary and updates from the India-New Zealand third ODI, played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui.

New Zealand opener Henry Nicholls plays a shot en route to his fifty.   -  AFP

Hello, and welcome to Sportstar's LIVE coverage of the India vs New Zealand third ODI being played at Mount Maunganui. This is V.S. Aravind and I will take you through the final ODI as the action unfolds.

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Well that's all  from my side and I will be back for the India vs New Zealand three-day practice match, starting from February 14. Thank you for joining. Goodbye.

This is what India skipper Virat Kohli had to say after the series loss: The games were not as bad as the scoreline suggests. But the way we fielded and bowled, the composure wasn't enough to win games. Didn't deserve to be on the winning side this series. Haven't played so badly, but we didn't grab opportunities. They played with lot more intensity than we did. They deservedly won 3-0. We are excited for the Test series. We now have a balanced team and need to step out on the park with the right kind of mindset.

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  • India was always 30-40 runs short but credit to Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls for their incredible century-run partnership. Although Yuzvendra Chahal got Guptill. Nicholls carried on to dominate. India had their moments by orchestrating a mini collapse but Colin de Grandhomme with an unbeaten fifty along with Tom Latham got New Zealand home.
  • De Grandhomme finishes off things in style with a boundary as New Zealand beats India by five wickets to complete 3-0 series whitewash.
  • This is ending fast and New Zealand needs just 5 runs to complete series whitewash.
  • FOUR - De Grandhomme is taking New Zealand closer to win.
  • FOUR - Top shot from Tom Latham as he dances down the track and slaps Navdeep Saini straight down the ground for a boundary.
  • SIX - De Grandhomme is keeping New Zealand in the hunt and this time he smacks Shardul Thakur over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • SIX - Pressure release shot from de Grandhomme as he smokes Chahal over the deep mid-wicket for a maximum.
  • WICKET - Chahal takes another one and this time he removes Jimmy Neesham. Goes for a big shot through the on-side but hits it straight to Virat Kohli at mid-wicket. Crucial wicket for India.
  • New Zealand need 79 runs in 66 balls and the run-rate has just climbed over 7 runs per over.
  • 81 runs required off the last 72 balls as Kohli reintroduces Bumrah into the attack to build more pressure on Latham and Neesham. Jadeja bowled a tight 38th over as he only conceded a single.
  • WICKET- Shardul Thakur send Henry Nicholls packing to leave New Zealand four down. Nicholls, who was well set on 80, nicks the ball to keeper Rahul while trying to cut the ball through point. NZ still needs 105 runs 16 overs. Jimmy Neesham is the new man in.
  • WICKET - Ravindra Jadeja strikes and he removes Ross Taylor. Huge wicket as India fight back with Taylor, Williamson wickets.  Jadeja forces Taylor to go for the drive, the batsman obliges but spoons it straight to Virat Kohli at covers. This is the first time Ross Taylor has been dismissed in this series.
  • Henry Nicholls seems unstoppable and he is making this chase look so easy. India need to pick wickets in cluster in order to crawl back.
  • Chahal strikes again! Kiwis skipper Kane Williamson has to go as Chahal picks up his second wicket. A harmless, half-tracker from Chahal and Williamson could have put it anywhere. Instead, he chips it Mayank Agarwal at short mid-wicket. Kane cannot believe it. Ross Taylor is the new man in.
  • The fifty-run partnership is up and New Zealand is cruising at this stage. Game slipping away from India's grip.

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  • Fifty for Nicholls - Excellent batting from Nicholls as he reaches his fifty. First he played the second fiddle to Martin Guptill, who simply blazed away and then came of his own to take the Indian bowlers for cleaners.
  • FOUR - Nicholls breaks away from the shackles with a flick through the mid-wicket and Bumrah's woes continues.
  • After the fall of Guptill, India has managed to dry out the boundaries and most importantly they have taken the pace off the ball. With spin at both ends, India is trying for another wicket.  With a leg slip in place for Nicholls, India has managed to cut down on his sweep.
  • The New Zealand skipper if off the mark straightaway with a single to long-off.
  • Kane Williamson is the new man in.
  • WICKET - Finally the century stand is broken as Yuzvendra Chahal castles Martin Guptill.  What a gem of a delivery and Chahal lets out a huge roar. Classical leg-spinning delivery, pitched in leg, Guptill prods forward and tries to defend it, but the ball spins past his bat and hits the off stump. India have the breakthrough.

Yuzvendra Chahal picked up the crucial wickets of Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson to peg New Zealand back.   -  TWITTER(@BCCI)

 

  • The Indian bowlers are struggling to make inroads and the worrying sign is Bumrah's indifferent form. When the lead bowler is struggling for wickets, the confidence of other bowlers too takes a beating. Need to hit the right lengths. Virat Kohli needs to think differently and try to break this partnership. 
  • SIX - Martin Guptill pulls Shardul Thakur for a maximum and races to his fifty in just 29 deiveries.
  • FOUR - Nicholls joins the party as Shardul drops it short and Nicholls pulls it to the backward square leg boundary. New Zealand are cruising.
  • Shardul Thakur into the attack.
  • New Zealand are in a hurry to gun down the total and given Guptill's touch they might chase down with ease if India doesn't make inroads.
  • FOUR - Chahal drags it way too short and Guptill dispatches it once again to the cow corner.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal into the attack. India needs a wicket.
  • FOUR - Oho! Sit back and enjoy a Martin Guptill masterclass! Full delivery and Guptill drives it past mid-off and the ball races away to the fence. He is in such good touch. Perfect balance.

Martin Guptill hammered the Indian attack with a brisk fifty and set the tone for the chase.   -  AFP

 

  • SIX - Martin Guptill has just dismantled Jasprit Bumrah. Short delivery, Guptill waits and slaps it wide of cow corner for a maximum and that was some power behind the shot.
  • Navdeep Saini needs to bowl according to the field else he will keep going for runs. There are six men on the off-side but Saini continues to bowl the leg stump line.
  • SIX - What a shot from Guptill. Saini bowls full, on the pads and Guptill flicks it nonchalantly over square leg and the ball lands in the grass banks. Phew! What timing.
  • SIX - Short delivery from Saini and Guptill latches on to it as he pulls well over the fine-leg boundary for a maximum.

 

  • Navdeep Saini to partner Jasprit Bumrah.
  • FOUR - Short and width on offer and Guptill slaps it through the point for a boundary.
  • Martin Guptill on strike and it will be Bumrah who will start proceedings.  
  • The Indian team is in a huddle and the New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls make their way to the middle.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is going through the paces and it's a very rare phenomenon that Bumrah isn't in the wickets column. Can he deliver the goods today? We will find out shortly.
  • India would be relatively please with the score but they would have hoped to cross the 300-run mark. The innings was largely built around KL Rahul's sublime century and he got support in Shreyas Iyer who scored a 63-ball 62. After his dismissal, it was Manish Pandey who lend the supporting hand with a 48-ball 42. Prithvi Shaw too played a little cameo at the top with a 42-ball 40. New Zealand needs 297 to complete a 3-0 whitewash but the Indian bowlers will fancy their chances of defending the total. Will be back in 40 minutes for the chase. 
  • End of Innings: India 296/7 in 50 overs.
  • FOUR - Saini swings and he connects well to fetch a boundary off the last ball.
  • FOUR - Jadeja finds the boundary as he shuffles, predicts Tim Southee's delivery and paddles it to the fine-leg boundary.
  • Starts with a single and that gets Navdeep Saini on strike. Remember, he is no mug with the bat!
  • India 284/7 with an over to go and Ravindra Jadeja on strike. Can they get to 300 remains to be seen.
  • WICKET - India losing steam at the death as Shardul Thakur departs. Goes for the big shot, gets the elevation but not the distance as Colin de Grandhomme settles under the skier.
  • Hat-trick Ball: Ravindra Jadeja safely negotiates as he defends the good length delivery to point.
  • WICKET - Double blow for India and Bennett is on a hat-trick. Manish Pandey tries to clear the ropes but doesn't get the distance and Mitchell Santner makes no mistake at long-on.
  • WICKET - This time Jamieson doesn't make any mistake as KL Rahul's wonderful knock comes to an end. Rahul goes for another big shot, this time flatter and Jamieson runs in, puts in the dive to take a fine catch.
  • SIX - KL Rahul gets a life as Jamieson spills a simple catch. Rahul tonks Bennett but finds Jamieson at long-off and the ball bursts through Jamieson's fingers and clears the ropes.
  • Century for KL Rahul - His golden form continues. What an innings this has been. Superb batting when the chips were down. Came in when India was in trouble, dropped anchor, forged partnerships with Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey and batted with so much elegance and class. Thoroughly deserved century.

KL Rahul hit a fine century and resurrected India's innings.   -  AFP

 

  • Excellent running from both Rahul and Pandey. Both batsmen are beautifully placing the ball in gaps and are stealing ones and twos effortlessly.
  • SIX - Great shot from KL Rahul. Cross seam delivery, down the leg and Rahul gets into a good position and laps it way over long leg to enter the nineties.
  • The fifty-run partnership for the fifth wicket between KL Rahul and Manish Pandey is up and it has come in 49 deliveries.
  • FOUR - Both the Karnataka batsmen are managing to get at least a boundary every over. Santner kept it tight till the penultimate ball but then dragged it down the leg and Rahul sweeps it gleefully to the fine-leg boundary.
  • FOUR - Lovely shot from Rahul as he creams Santner through the mid-off for a boundary.
  • KL Rahul survives! Direct hit and he was a goner. Manish Pandey pushes it to covers, calls for a quick tight single, Rahul responds, Mitchell Santner takes the shot but misses the target. Rahul was not even in the frame.
  • FOUR - Manish Pandey gets into the groove and he lifts Neesham over the top for a boundary.
  • Interesting passage of play and both Rahul and Manish Pandey are taking minimal risks and are focused on rotation of strike. With 15 overs remaining, these two have the ability to swiftly change gears in the closing stages of the game. Important they bat till the end.

 

  • FOUR - Poor delivery from Neesham and Rahul acknowledges it by putting it away. Slower delivery, down the leg side and he flicks it to fine leg for a boundary.
  • FIFTY up for Rahul - Solid knock from KL Rahul and he needs to keep going and hold one end.
  • Manish Pandey walks in and he has got an excellent opportunity here.
  • WICKET - Against the run of a play and a leading edge ends Shreyyas Iyer's stay at the crease. He was batting so well and was on course for a big one. Short delivery and Iyer fails to flick it neatly, gets a leading edge and de Grandhomme takes an excellent catch diving forward.
  • FIFTY FOR IYER - Excellent half-century from Shreyas Iyer and he is riding a wave of confidence. Started from where he left and he needs a big one and has the opportunity today.
  • FOUR - Santner tosses it up and Iyer greets with a lovely cover drive and the ball beats the fielder at deep.
  • The 50-run partnership is up between Rahul and Iyer and it has come off 59 balls.
  • 100 up for India at the end of 20 overs and the partnership is worth 38 off 47 balls. India desperately needs this stand to prosper.
  • FOUR - Short and wide from Neesham and Shreyas Iyer deliberately slashes hard over the slips for a boundary.
  • FOUR - Class from Rahul as Southee bangs it short, chest high and Rahul pulls it through the backward square leg for a boundary.
  • This is a vital partnership for India and they cannot afford yet another top-order collapse. Both Iyer and Rahul are in form and should capitalise.
  • FOUR - That's a top shot from a man in sublime form! Back of length from Bennett and Rahul stands tall and punches it through the backward point for a boundary.
  • K.L. Rahul joins Shreyas Iyer.
  • WICKET - Hara-kiri from Prithvi Shaw and India in all sorts of trouble. Bennett bowls down the leg, Shaw flicks it to fine leg, completes the single and there was never a second run there. De Grandhomme collects it and throws it flat to Latham, who whips the bails in a flash. Even a dive couldn't save and Shaw has only himself to blame for. Yet another start and yet another failure.  

Prithvi Shaw got yet another fine start but failed to convert into a big one.   -  AFP

 

  • FOUR - Excellent timing from Shreyas Iyer. Drives it uppishly through the covers and was in complete control of the shot. Top stuff!
  • Colin de Grandhomme into the attack.
  • FOUR- Shreyas Iyer gets into the act and he drives Jamieson for a boundary through the off-side.
  • SIX - Take that! 50-up for India. Short, width on offer and Shaw frees his arms and slashes it hard over the covers. Excellent batting but he needs to convert his starts into a big one.
  • FOUR - This time Prithvi Shaw slaps Bennett through the point for a boundary and he is not holding back.
  • SIX- Top shot from Prithvi Shaw as Bennett bangs in short and Shaw pounces on it with a pull and the ball sails over square leg for a maximum.
  • Stat Alert: This has been the lowest aggregate of Virat Kohli in an ODI series in five years!
  • Shreyas Iyer is the new man in.
  • WICKET - Huge wicket for New Zealand and Virat Kohli falls cheaply. Bennett tastes success immediately after coming into the attack and removes the India skipper. Bangs in short, Kohli comes out and throws his hands at it, wasn't in complete control due to the extra bounce and the six feet eight Jamieson bends down to take an excellent catch. A lukewarm series with the bat comes to an end. New Zealand have a leash around India. 
  • Hamish Bennett into the attack.
  • FOUR - Excellent shot from Prithvi as Jamieson offers width and Shaw climbs on top it and hammers it over point for a boundary.
  • SIX - Wow! Virat Kohli just smashed Tim Southee out of the park as the India skipper steps out and whacks a shot of length delivery over the mid-on. Short-arm jab coming into play and the ball sails flat over the ropes.
  • FOUR - First boundary of the Indian innings and it comes from the willow of Prithvi Shaw who drives it through covers.
  • WICKET - Kyle Jamieson castles Mayank Agarwal with a peach of a delivery to give New Zealand an early breakthrough. Perfect seam position, just straightened up, Agarwal plays all around it with no feet movement, huge gap between bat and pad and the ball hits the top of off-stump. Agarwal's woeful series comes to an end. Perfect start for New Zealand.
  • A flick through the square and Prithvi Shaw is off the mark straightaway.
  • Wonderful opportunity for both the openers to make a mark, especially for Prithvi, who has got starts but failed to convert into a big one. Can he get one today, we will find out shortly.
  • Alright the Indian openers are out there in the middle and it's Prithvi Shaw along with Mayank Agarwal. Tim Southee will start the proceedings with the new ball. Here we go!
  • New Zealand won the toss and opted to field first. For India, Manish Pandey replaces Kedar Jadhav. New Zealand has also made a change as Santner comes in for Chapman.
  • Good news for New Zealand as Kane Williamson is fit and is at the Toss with Virat Kohli.

New Zealand opt to bowl first

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to bowl in the inconsequential third and final One-day International here on Tuesday.

New Zeraland made two changes from their last match playing eleven with Williamson replacing Tom Blundell while Mitch Santner came in for Mark Chapman.

India made one change with Kedar Jadhav making way for Manish Pandey. New Zealand have already clinched the series having won the first two matches.

The Teams:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Lokesh Rahul (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham (wk), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Hamish Bennett.

Stay tuned as we get you the toss and the playing XIs.

 

The Preview

India would expect its top order to fire to avoid a series whitewash when it clashes with a high-flying New Zealand in the third and final One-day International on Tuesday.

Despite missing skipper Kane Williamson in the line-up due to a shoulder injury, the host shrugged off the T20 series debacle to claim the ODI series.

New Zealand, though, will have the experience and leadership of Williamson for the final game as he has passed the fitness test.

READ: Second ODI: Taylor, Jamieson see New Zealand through to series win over India

The major difference between the two sides has been the top-order’s impact.

With Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan missing due to injuries, Virat Kohli missing out on scoring big and KL Rahul batting later in the order, India’s traditional ODI strength was neutralised without New Zealand having to do any hard work.

Openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal have shown only momentary flashes of brilliance and have not replicated the kind of starts the Indian batting has grown accustomed to from its top-order.

Rohit’s absence has been a major factor in India’s defeat in this series. The opener averaged 57.30 in ODI cricket in the past 12 months, having a major impact on Indian fortunes in this format.

Squads:

India: Virat Kohli (capt), Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Latham (wk), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Jimmy Neesham, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Hamish Bennett, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi and Blair Tickner.

Match starts at: 7.30am IST.