In a dead rubber game, India, batting first, put a mammoth total of 385 runs on the board after 50 overs. Openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill stitched a 211-run stand, and both right-hand batters scripted several records by scoring centuries.
Sharma equalled Ricky Ponting’s record of 30 ODI hundreds, while Gill brought up his 3rd hundred of the year. The middle order failed to take India to a projected score of over 400 runs, but Hardik Pandya was the key contributor towards the end with his blistering fifty in 38 balls, which included three sixes.
Talking of sixes, Rohit hit six sixes, which saw him overtake Sanath Jayasuriya’s record for most ODI sixes. Meanwhile, Gill smashed five maximums. In total, India smashed 19 sixes, which is the joint-highest for the Men in Blue in their ODI history.
India equalled their sixes tally, which they hit against Australia in 2013. Here is the list of the most sixes hit by India in ODI innings.
19 vs AUS in 2013, Bengaluru
19 vs NZ in 2023, Indore
18 vs BER in 2007, Port of Spain
18 vs NZ in 2009, Christchurch
16 vs WI in 2019, Visakhapatnam
If India beat New Zealand, they will become the new number-one-ranked ODI team in the world.