Netizens Went Berserk As India Suffered First Series Whitewash In 14 Years
By CricShots - Feb 11, 2020 3:46 pm
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Once again for the third time in the series, the Indian bowling attack failed to do much as the men in blue suffered their first-ever series whitewash in a bilateral series after 14 years. New Zealand defeats India by 5 wickets in the final ODI of the three-match series owing to whirlwind fifties from Martin Guptill and Colin de Grandhomme while chasing a target of 297 at Bay Oval in Mount Manganui.

KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer scored another 100-run partnership

Similar to the first two games, the Indian team is looking in a commanding position after the completion of the first innings as they registered the scores of 396/7 in their quota of 50 overs as KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Manish Pandey played dependable knocks. Earlier, it was the Kiwi Skipper, Kane Williamson who won the toss and asked the men in blue to bat first. India once again got off to a rough start as Mayank Agarwal walked back with 1 run to his name. Virat Kohli followed him quickly after hitting a six. However, Prithvi Shaw also soon got out and soon the visitors were down to 62/3 in the 12th over itself.

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However, Iyer and Rahul formed the partnership in the middle to avoid further hiccups as they added a 100-run partnership for the 4th wicket before Shreyas losing his concentration in the 31st over after scoring 62. Nonetheless, Rahul found a good partner in Manish Pandey, who scored runs at a good pace as he went on to score his 4th ODI century which he completed in the 45th over.

New Zealand bowlers ran through the Indian batsmen

However, both of them out in the 47th over on back-to-back deliveries as Rahul was dismissed after scoring 112 by Hamish Bennett who was the chief destroyer for the Kiwis as he finished the game with a spell of 4/63.

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Chasing 297 runs on the board, New Zealand got a splendid start with Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls running through the Indian bowlers quite early in the innings. Guptill, in particular, showed his class by finding the boundary fence more often than not. He got equal support from Nicholls, who kept Indians chasing the leather more often than not.

Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls set the platform

It required a peach of the deliveries from Chahal to end the 106-run opening stand for New Zealand. Though Guptill walked back, Nicholls continued with Kane Williamson to add runs for the team. It was once again Chahal, who gave the breakthrough for India by removing Kane Williamson.

The man in-form Ross Taylor failed this time while James Neesham failed to capitalize on his start. The quick wickets helped India to make a comeback after Shardul Thakur removing well-set Henry Nicholls. Just when things looked drifting away, Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme finished the game with ease as the latter scored a whirlwind 58 off just 28 balls.

Brief Score:

New Zealand – 300/5 in 47.1 overs (M Guptill: 66, CDG: 58*, Y Chahal: 3/47) defeated India – 396/7 in 50 overs (KL Rahul: 112; H Bennett: 4/64, K Jamieson: 1/53) by 5 wickets and 17 balls to spare

Here is how Twitterati criticized India for the series loss: