Rohit and Shubman’s carnage before an inexperienced bowling attack by the dead Black Hat in rubber sent India to an impressive 385 to 9 in batting heaven at Holkar Cricket Stadium. In the reply, Devon Conway (138) marked a century on its own but it wasn’t enough as the visitors placed 295 in game 42. Shatters from both sides burned rubber to death when a total of 680 runs were scored.
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Rohit (101 of 85 balls) has scored his first hundred ODIs in three years — his last was in January 2020 — while Gill (112 of 78) continues to dominate with another ton of sublime — his fourth in ODIs — as a duo that wowed fans after being invited to the frontcourt.
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After the double defeat, New Zealand’s top order performed much better but Shardul Thakur (3/45) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/62) frequently attacked, never letting Kiwi control the chase.
This is India’s second consecutive clean sheet, after beating Sri Lanka last week. With victory in the final clash, India dethroned England from the top spot, which secured the No. 1 spot just three days ago following New Zealand’s loss to India in the second ODI. The UK is currently second behind India, followed by Australia in third. The 0-3 loss made New Zealand drop to 4th place in the rankings.
Afterward Hardik Pandya (1/37) knocked out Finn Allen (0) in the first time of the chase, Conway sharing 106 runs with Henry Nicholls and 78 times with Daryl Mitchell (24).
In the absence of Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj, the Indian pitchers struggled at first, slipping as Conway hit the ball around the park.
However, Shardul turned the game around when he consecutively defeated Mitchell and Tom Latham (0) in the 26th round.
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In his sequel, Thakur sent Glenn Phillips (5) packed with a cross-seam delivery.
Umran Malik (1/52) then got Conway as the centurion pulled clumsily with Rohit doing the rest in midwicket as the game seemed to spiral out of NZ’s control.
The spinning duo of Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal (2/43) then clears the tail.
Before that, Rohit and Gill had an opening match that lasted 212 rounds of aggression, sharing 22 fourth and 11 sixth rounds.
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Rahul Dravid joked the night before the game that pitchers didn’t want to hit the ball as soon as they landed in Indore because of the batter-friendly conditions. The great tennis player had a point, and the New Zealanders rolling in the first 25 rounds will share Dravid’s sentiments.
At one point, every ball that Rohit and Gill’s bats touched went either to the touchline or to the touchline.
Gill hit four four four and one six to steal 22 times against Lockie Ferguson in the eighth inning, symbolizing the form the 23-year-old has enjoyed recently.
The young player didn’t even have to time the ball to get to the touchline. After three innings, he launched a short ball for a top six.
With quick exits and flat rubbers, New Zealand’s relatively inexperienced bowling unit had no answer to the Indian carnage.
The 26th saw both Rohit and Gill get their centuries. Rohit pulled far to the deep square to hit his goal and, three balls later, Gill hit the triple-digit mark, his third in four innings.
New Zealand captain Tom Latham employed up to six pitchers and it was his sixth pick – pitcher Michael Bracewell – who gave tourists their first foray.
Attempting to slide the ball out of the park, Rohit missed the ball as it continued to stay low and ended up hitting a tree stump. His cane was answered by the roar of the partisan, welcoming crowd Virat kohli (36).
A miss in the next round brought Gill’s rounds to a close as New Zealand attacked quickly twice in a row.
Ishan Kishan (17) was uncomfortable and took nine balls to open an account. Yes-no to Kohli, who sprinted halfway through, marked the end of the hitter in the middle.
New Zealand was able to knock the boundaries and number six, while also looking to play a big game, Kohli couldn’t beat Finn Allen midway through.
Consistent with a score of over 400, India endured a familiar mid-range batting collapse, before Hardik Pandya (54 of 38 balls) delivered the final flourish.
(With input from PTI)