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3rd ODI (D/N), Mount Maunganui, January 28, 2019, India tour of New Zealand
(43/50 ov, T:244) 245/3

India won by 7 wickets (with 42 balls remaining)

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Kohli: Amazing, three clinical games from us, relentlessness of the side pleasing. Haven't had a break for a while, hectic Australia tour and now this. We are three-nil up so I can relax a little. Some outstanding talent coming through. Saw Shubman batting in the nets, I wasn't even 10 percent of that at 19.

Williamson: They are teaching us a lesson and we are required to rise up to the challenge. There were small improvements today but we need more. Wasn't easy to get momentum on this wicket, Ross was brilliant. With the ball, we are going okay but we need early wickets.

Mohammed Shami is the Player of the Match: difficult to bowl against the wind, but somebody has to do the job, it's part of the game.

10.23pm No middle over jitters, no last over finishes, that was as comprehensive as it gets from India as they win a series in New Zealand after ten years. They have gotten better and better since the loss to Australia in the first ODI at Sydney and have thumped New Zealand in three anti-climactic ODIs. As is their wont, two from the top order, Rohit and Kohli today, set it up nicely and Rayudu, who had looked badly out of touch before the last ODI, batted with freedom, as did Dinesh Karthik, included instead of an injured Dhoni today. This makes it three series wins for India outside Asia in the last one year, starting with the hammering of South Africa, a closer series against Australia and another comfortable win here. England was the only place they couldn't conquer, but they'd be happy to change that at the World Cup.

Doug Bracewell to Rayudu, 5 wide

short ball, too high and over the keeper for five wides. An underwhelming finish to what has been an underwhelming series, thoroughly dominated by India, and sealed three-nil with two matches to go

end of over 4313 runs
IND: 240/3CRR: 5.58 RRR: 0.57
Dinesh Karthik38 (38b 5x4 1x6)
Ambati Rayudu40 (42b 5x4 1x6)
Ish Sodhi 7-0-53-0
Lockie Ferguson 10-1-57-0
Sodhi to Karthik, no run

full on off, driven to cover who does well to stop it with a dive to his left

Sehrish: "I bet this time a subcontinent team (Pakistan or Indian) will lift the World Cup 2019 trophy. "

Sodhi to Karthik, no run

length on off, defended to point

Sodhi to Karthik, 1 wide

short and wide and called

Sodhi to Karthik, FOUR runs

short ball, goes down on one knee and hammers it to the deep squareleg fence. Had to say whether it was a sweep or a pull but effective, nevertheless

Sodhi to Rayudu, 1 run

full on off, pushed to long-off

Sodhi to Karthik, 1 run

short, and he was ready for it, rocks back and punches it through the off side

Sodhi to Karthik, SIX runs

full toss, down the track and deposited on the grass banks over the deep midwicket fence

end of over 426 runs
IND: 227/3CRR: 5.40 RRR: 2.12
Dinesh Karthik27 (33b 4x4)
Ambati Rayudu39 (41b 5x4 1x6)
Lockie Ferguson 10-1-57-0
Trent Boult 10-1-40-2
Ferguson to Karthik, 1 run

length outside off, steered to third-man

Ferguson to Karthik, no run

length outside off, left alone

Ferguson to Rayudu, 1 run

short outside off, pushed to deep cover

Ferguson to Rayudu, FOUR runs

short ball and out comes the ramp from Rayudu, right over the keeper's head. Clever shot

Ferguson to Rayudu, no run

length outside off, nearly chopped on, but past the stumps and stopped by the diving keeper

Ferguson to Rayudu, no run

length outside off, left alone

Reuben Sylveste: "New Zealand may have taken things a bit for granted after the defeat of Srilanka. Now, the Lankans are not as great as they once were, so cannot be used for benchmarking performance. See what's happening to them in Australia?"

end of over 413 runs
IND: 221/3CRR: 5.39 RRR: 2.55
Dinesh Karthik26 (31b 4x4)
Ambati Rayudu34 (37b 4x4 1x6)
Trent Boult 10-1-40-2
Lockie Ferguson 9-1-51-0
Boult to Karthik, no run

length outside off, defended to point

Boult to Rayudu, 1 run

slower ball, curved back in a little from middle, pushed to mid-on and they scamper a single

Boult to Karthik, 1 run

full outside off, pushed past the right of point

Boult to Karthik, no run

length outside, climbs as it leaves the batsman who has a poke and is beaten

Boult to Rayudu, 1 run

slower ball, floated up outside off, driven past the right of point

Tim nelson: "After last series, I was expecting that atleast our team will give fierce competition to India but sadly it has been cakewalk for India till now. Have tickets for fourth odi but I will pass on that now :("

Boult to Rayudu, no run

length outside off, steered to point

Kez: "Time for a Rayudu vs Karthick poll? My vote goes to Karthick. Can anchor the innings but also provide power hitting at the end."

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