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Twitter Celebrates as India Seal Series in Style

If it was the spinners earlier, this time it was the pacers who set the game up for India after restricting New Zealand to 243. The top order fired once again before Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu helped India register a convincing seven wicket win and seal only their second ODI series win in New Zealand on Monday (January 28).

Cricketnext Staff |January 28, 2019, 4:54 PM IST
Twitter Celebrates as India Seal Series in Style

If it was the spinners earlier, this time it was the pacers who set the game up for India after restricting New Zealand to 243. The top order fired once again before Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu helped India register a convincing seven wicket win and seal only their second ODI series win in New Zealand on Monday (January 28).

Earlier, the hosts opted to bat first but were once again rocked early as their openers were back in the hut in no time.

Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor tried to rebuild but the relentless pressure from the Indian bowling meant the former ran out of patience and was expertly caught by Hardik Pandya.

Taylor though found an able partner in Tom Latham and the duo shared a massive 119-run stand to get the innings back on track for the home side.

India though came back with a flurry of wickets with Hardik Pandya picking two while it was Chahal who had Latham caught in the deep to break the crucial stand.

Taylor who held the innings together was dismissed for 93 to Shami, just when the hosts were looking to accelerate.

It led to a collapse of sorts and the home side lost the plot to be 243 all out. Shami finished with another impressive spell of 3/41 to continue his good bowling form.

In reply, India got off to a decent start before Shikhar Dhawan departed for 28. Kohli combined with Rohit Sharma to share a 113-run stand to set the chase up for India but neither converted their fifty into a ton departing in quick succession.

Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik then saw India home with seven wickets to spare and take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.

And just to replug we had called it earlier.

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5211 116
2 New Zealand 3959 110
3 Australia 4320 108
4 England 5253 105
5 South Africa 3537 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6967 124
2 India 7939 118
3 New Zealand 5347 116
4 South Africa 5602 112
5 Australia 5915 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 8926 270
2 Australia 7815 269
3 England 6407 267
4 India 12141 264
5 South Africa 6220 259
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