India defeated New Zealand by seven wickets in the third ODI at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui. Now, the Men in Blue have an unassailable lead of 3-0 in the five-match ODI series. Mohammed Shami was adjudged Man-of-the-Match for taking three wickets in the match. Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets each.
Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored half-centuries each while Ambati Rayudu (40) and Dinesh Karthik (38) stayed unbeaten till the end to guide India to victory.
After winning the ODI series, Kohli in presentation ceremony praised teen cricketer, Shubman Gill, who earned his maiden ODI call-up in the side for New Zealand ODIs. “Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even ten percent of that when I was 19,” said Kohli.
Kohli also reflected on the victory and said, “Amazing. Three clinical games for us. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical games. The relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me. We really enjoy ourselves and the guys believe in their skills and they are showing it on the field. When a guy doesn’t get runs in a couple of games the opposition still feels that he’s gonna fire.”