In the third and final ODI, the Indian hitters put in a not-so-impressive performance against New Zealand, only able to set a small target of 220 at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Wednesday 30 November. Adam Milne was the reason to break India’s back with three scalps, with only Washington Sundar and Shreyas Iyer scoring the most goals for India with durable shots of 51 and 49 laps respectively.
Kiwi captain Kane Williamson won the draw and decided to take the field first. Indian openers, Shikhar Dhawan and Shubman Gill He started well and erected a 39-lap stand for the first wicket, until the second became Milne’s first victim in the ninth lap. Gill had 13 laps from 22 balls in two quads.
Dhawan was next in line, losing his wicket in Milne’s delivery on lap 13. The Indian captain fired 28 rounds from 45 balls in three fours and sixes before Milne’s fuller delivery hit the inside edge of his bat, and then the ball continued to swing the logs.
Rishabh Pant once again took a short break in the crease. When he pulled Daryl Mitchell’s ball into the middle goal area, where Glenn Phillips had safely cut, the two fours played 16 balls to make 10 laps.
Suryakumar Yadav became Milne’s final victim at 25. He edged right off the ball, which was moving into the slip zone caught by Tim Southee.
With 80 laps in the first ODI, Shreyas Iyer became the top scorer with 49 laps from 59 balls decorated with eight borders. On lap 26, Lockie Ferguson threw a full ball that Iyer tried to lift into the air but timed completely wrong. The ball blew up before it landed in Devon Conway’s hands on the covers; After Iyer’s dismissal, the Kiwis sent half of the Indian hitters to the bunker.
India lost sixth base when Tim Southee kicked Deepak Hooda out of the game at 34th-up (12 rounds 25 balls), at 37th-over Daryl fired Deepak Chahar (12 rounds from nine balls). Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar then tried to play carefully and Williamson brought in the spin attack at 43 minutes and Mitchell Santner did the job by kicking Chahal out at 45 minutes.
The Kiwis only needed Sundar’s stronghold to defeat India, as they did when Southee fired him. Sundar completed his first half century first, and his 51-shot dodging 64 balls (five fours and sixes) helped India reach 219/10 in a 47.3 top. Milne and Daryl scalped three rooks each, Southee two, Ferguson and Santer one.
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Check out how Twitter is reacting to Adam Milne’s bowling and Washington Sundar’s innings
Twitteratis is once again unhappy with the management team for giving a few chances not to Sanju Samson but to Rishabh Pant despite his continued failure in white ball cricket. Fans also praised Adam Milne’s bowling as he stylishly turned to the Kiwi side with three scalps.
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