Awesome depth bowling from the Indian bowlers allows them to clinch the One Day Series 2-1 at Green Park in Kanpur.
In the deciding match, New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl first on a flat track.
Both the teams went unchanged squad. They went with same team which played the 2nd One day International at Pune.
Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma wanted to give a good start for India in this deciding match but things didn’t pan out well for Dhawan.
After a good half century in Pune, Dhawan was the first one to go for just 14 runs.
Captain Virat Kohli and his partner, the Vice Captain Rohit Sharma set the innings on a roll with some extra ordinary shots.
Rohit who failed to deliver in the two ODIs matches, finally he delivers when India needed it the most.
It was their partnership which brought the hosts back into the match. Despite of early fall of Dhawan, India were scoring at a brisk rate.
It was the 4th double hundred stand between Kohli and Rohit that took the complete control of the Indian innings.
They became the first pair to add 200 run stand for the fourth time. They also have shared their 12th century partnership, which is the most among the Indian pairs.
Rohit and Virat Kohli shared partnership of 230 runs, which is also the second highest against the Kiwis.
Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid shared the highest partnership of 331 runs at Hyderabad in 1999.
Rohit and Virat continued their superb hitting form, Rohit had hit 150 sixes in just 165 innings. Only Shahid Afridi is quicker than Rohit. India’s Hit Man has struck 127 sixes since he has started to open the innings from November 2013. No played has hit more sixes than him in this period.
Rohit entrained the Kanpur crowd with his brilliant knock of 147 runs. After scoring 150 against South Africa at the same venue, Hit Man scored another ton against The Kiwis to give India good total to defend.
Virat Kohli too wasn’t far behind, he also broke many records. Virat hit his 32nd hundred, second in this series. He has scored most hundreds batting first and for the first time he has scored it in successive innings. Virat has also registered his 10th fifty plus score in 15 innings.
Virat has 20 hundreds as captain which is the 3rd most after Ricky Pointing and Graeme Smith.
Virat took fewest innings to score 20 hunderds, he also became the fastest to reach 5000 international runs as skipper.
Virat and Rohit were going on well; it looked like India would post a total beyond 400. But things change when Rohit Sharma’s 147 run knock was ended by Mitch Santner.
Hardik Pandya was promoted ahead of Dinesh Karthik and MS Dhoni to accelerate the innings. But he too couldn’t play a long hand. Santner took his 2nd wicket in form of Hardik Pandya.
After fireworks from Rohit and Kohli, the Kanpur crowd were anticipating another good knock from MS Dhoni. MSD started off well, but Kohli was out after scoring 113 runs.
Now it was all upto Dhoni to finish the innings in style.
Unfortunately Dhoni’s mini knock of after 25 runs. It was ended by Milne.
Kedar Jadhav too couldn’t give India the finishing kick; he was out on the last ball. He could only 18 runs with Dinesh Karthik was unbeaten on 4.
India got to only 337 for the loss of 6 wickets. When Kohli and Rohit were batting it seemed India will get close to 400 runs.
But New Zealand bowlers made a good comeback.
The Kiwis were successful in restricting the Indian batsmen for 337 runs.
Michell Santner and Tim Southee were only the bowlers who bowled well for the visitors. Rest of them were very expensive.
Chasing the target of 338 runs, Black Caps started off well. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro added 44 in just 5.1 overs.
It was Jasprit Bumrah who gave India with the important breakthrough.
Skipper Kane Williamson and Colin Munro rose to occasion. After failing in the first 2 matches, both batted well in front of the Indian bowlers.
This Kiwi pair added 109 runs and threatened to take the game away from India.
The game was itching towards New Zealand as Kane Williamson and Colin Munro scored their first fifty of this series.
Both the batsmen were going on well, Virat tried using his other options. Unfortunately for him nothing worked.
It was Yuzvendra Chahal who provided India with the vital wickets and opened the gate for his team.
After reaching 150 run mark, Chahal clean bowled Colin Munro for 73 runs.
Later, Chahal struck again, he removes Kane Williamson for 64 runs.
After these wickets India was back in the match, but it was still a long way to go for them to win this match.
Ross Taylor and Tom Latham were at the crease, this is the same pair which took the Kiwis home in Mumbai and India was well aware of it.
Taylor and Latham started the rebuilding process. They add 79 runs to keep themselves in the hunt.
Bumrah struck again, he picks up his 2nd wicket and he removes the dangerous Ross Taylor for 39 runs.
But Tom Latham was still there with Henry Nicholls. They tried to bring New Zealand closer to the target.
When they crossed the 300 run mark, Nicholls was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for 37.
Tom Latham was left with the lower order to do a tough task.
After the wicket of Henry Nicholls, Tom Latham was also out after reaching his fifty.
He was cunningly run out by Dhoni and Bumrah. The lower order didn’t do well.
Mitch Santner was out cheaply.
It was brilliant last over from from Bumrah that allowed India to win the game.
Bumrah defended 15 runs of the final over and won the game for India.
New Zealand managed to score 331 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. India won this match by 6 runs and
they have won the series 2-1.
It is 7th consecutive series win for Kohli and his men.
This win is the 4th smallest margin of wins for India against New Zealand.
Indian has also equalled Pakistan and South Africa for successive series wins. They have won 7 bilateral series.
Man of the match was awarded to Rohit Sharma for his 147 run knock.
Next game is a T20 series starting on 1st of November 2017 at Ferozshah Kotla in New Delhi.