Rohit and Shubman’s carnage against an inexperienced Black Caps bowling attack in the dead rubber took India to an imposing 385 for 9 in batting paradise at Holkar Cricket Stadium. In answer, Devon Conway (138) hit a century of its own, but it wasn’t enough, as the visitors folded to 295 in the 42nd over. Batters from both sides lit up the dead rubber and a total of 680 runs were scored.
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Rohit (101 from 85 balls) scored his first ODI hundred in three years – his last came in January 2020 – while Gill (112 from 78) continued his dominance with another sublime ton – his fourth in ODIs – as the duo delighted the fans after being invited to bat first.
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After two failures, the New Zealand top class put on a much better show Shardul Thakur (3/45) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/62) struck regularly, never allowing the Kiwis to take control of the chase.
It was India’s second consecutive clean sweep after beating Sri Lanka last week. With victory in the final clash, India dethroned England from the top, who had clinched the No. 1 ranking just three days ago after New Zealand’s loss to India in the second ODI. England are now second behind India, followed by Australia in third. Due to the 3-0 defeat in the series, New Zealand dropped to fourth place in the table.
After Hardik Pandaya (1/37) got rid of Finn Allen (0) in the very first over of the chase, Conway shared 106 runs with Henry Nicholls and 78 runs with Daryl Mitchell (24).
In the absence of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, the Indian bowlers initially struggled, leaking runs as Conway tonked the ball throughout the park.
Shardul managed to turn the game around though, as he took back-to-back wickets from Mitchell and Tom Latham (0) in the 26th over.
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On his next lap, Thakur sent Glenn Phillips (5) packing with a cross delivery.
Umran Malik (1/52) then got Conway as the centurion fumbled while Rohit did the rest at midwicket as the match appeared to slip from New Zealand’s grasp.
The spinning duo of Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/43) then cleared the tail.
Earlier, Rohit and Gill posted a combative opening score of 212 runs, sharing 22 fours and 11 sixes.
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Rahul Dravid joked on the eve of the match that bowlers don’t want to bowl as soon as they land in Indore because of the batsman-friendly conditions. The batsman had a point, and the New Zealanders who rolled over their arms during the first 25 overs would have shared Dravid’s sentiment.
At one point, every ball that touched Rohit and Gill’s bat flew to the boundary or over it.
Gill hit four fours and a six to plunder 22 runs off Lockie Ferguson in the eighth over, symbolizing the form the 23-year-old has been in lately.
The youngster didn’t even have to time the ball to run for the boundary. After three fours, he launched the short ball for an upper-cut six.
With the outfield fast and the wicket flat, the rather inexperienced New Zealand bowling unit had no answers to the carnage of the Indian openers.
The 26th over saw both Rohit and Gill get their centuries. Rohit pulled back to deep square to get his mark and three balls later, Gill reached the triple-digit mark, his third in four innings.
New Zealand skipper Tom Latham used a whopping six bowlers and it was his sixth option — spinner Michael Bracewell — that gave the tourists their first breakthrough.
Rohit tried to slog one out of the park but missed the ball while staying low and turned to finally hit the stumps. His wicket was met with a roar from the partisan crowd, who welcomed Virat Kohli (36).
A wrong shot in the next over ended Gill’s innings as New Zealand struck twice in quick succession.
Ishan Kishan (17) didn’t look too comfortable and took nine balls to open his account. A yes-no with Kohli, who had sprinted halfway, marked the end of the wicket-keeper-batter’s stay in the centre.
New Zealand were able to bring down the bounds and sixes and, looking for a big shot, Kohli couldn’t beat Finn Allen at the halfway mark.
Firmly on track to score over 400, India endured a well-known mid-order collapse, before Hardik Pandya (54 from 38 balls) brought the final flourish.
(with input from PTI)