The Indian cricket team has won the three-match One Day International series against New Zealand. The team won by six runs, making it a 2 – 1 victory. This was India’s seventh bilateral ODI series win in a row.
Although New Zealand managed a respectable 331/7 in 50 overs, India won the third ODI with 337/6 in 50 overs. The Indian team won the match by six runs. The match took place at Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
Two Centuries for India
Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli helped to created India’s total with centuries. Sharma ended with 147 off of 138, and Kohli got 113 off of 106. This was Rohit’s fifth century this year. Having reached a total of 150 runs in a match against South Africa in October 2015, Rohit is the first batsman to have recorded two centuries at the Green Park Stadium. Rohit received the Man of the Match award. This was the first time he had received the award in a match against New Zealand, and his eleventh in ODIs.
In the final three overs, Bumrah’s bowling kept New Zealand’s total in check with 3/47 in 10 overs. The New Zealand team made only eight runs in the 50th over.
Milestones and Interesting Stats
In the 33rd over, Rohit Sharma achieved his 15th ODI hundred. Another milestone was reached by Virat Kohli. He went past 9,000 runs in One Day International matches. While he is the sixth Indian player to have achieved this, he has been the fastest of all six to get to the 9,000-run mark. Kohli reached the record within 194 innings. The previous record for the fastest cricketer to reach 9,000 ODI runs was held by South Africa’s AB de Villiers in 205 innings.
Kohli has once again reached the position of the top batsman in the ICC ODI rankings.
India and New Zealand have played six bilateral ODI series between 1988/89 and 2017. India has won all six of these series.