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India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Shikhar Dhawan opens on Rishabh Pant selection over Sanju Samson | Cricket news

After the third ODI between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain, Indian skipper Shikhar Dhawan has said that Rishabh Pant was supported in terms of inclusion in playing eleven as he is seen as a match winner and scored a century against England and that Sanju Samson is also doing well. The third and final ODI of the three match series between India and New Zealand was called off due to rain. The hosts had scored 104/1 in 18 overs when rain intervened and prevented further play.

“Rishabh scored a century in England. Of course if someone hits a barrel they are supported. The bigger picture is seen, that he is a match winner and should be supported. The decision is made after a lot of analysis.” Of course Sanju is doing well and he has done well in the chances he has been given but sometimes you have to wait even though he is doing well because the other player is also performing well and is a match winner,” Dhawan said in a post- match press conference respond to a question.

Pant has put in some solid performances in ODIs this year. In 12 matches and 10 innings this year, he scored 336 runs at an average of 37.33, with a century and two fifties and a best score of 125*. However, the New Zealand tour was dismal as he managed scores of only 15 and 10 in his ODIs. Sanju scored 36 in one ODI he got to play. Samson’s 2022 ODI numbers were better. In 10 games and nine innings, he scored 284 runs with an average of 71.00. He has gone five innings undefeated, with a best score of 86*.

Dhawan said that all the positives and negatives from every game regardless of the result were discussed and analyzed with the young team. On positives from the series, Dhawan said that the team bonding is hugely positive. “Another positive point is that our main team is in Bangladesh. If someone gets injured there, the experience of players who have played here will help the team. You gain experience when you play,” he added.

Batted first by New Zealand, India was bundled for 219 in 47.3 overs. Washington Sundar (51) and Shreyas Iyer (49) played some solid blows that brought India to the modest total. Daryl Mitchell (3/25) and Adam Milne (3/57) were the best bowlers for Kiwis. Tim Southee got two wickets while Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner took one each. Chasing 220, NZ was comfortably chasing the total. Finn Allen (57) was the only batter they lost to Umran Malik (1/31). When rain stopped play, Kiwis were at 104/1 in 18 overs, with Devon Conway (38*) and skipper Kane Williamson (0*). Batsman Tom Latham won the Man of the Series for his 145 runs in the first ODI, the only match to lead to a result. New Zealand won the ODI series 1-0.

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