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
Shami, Pandya take dominant India to 3-0 lead
For the first time in the series, New Zealand managed to dig in for long enough through their first century stand of this one-sided contest to be able to think of transferring the pressure back on India, but India smothered that uprising to seal an emphat
That's it from Varun and me. Thanks for joining us and see you soon
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.
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. "
length on off, defended to point
short and wide and called
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
full on off, pushed to long-off
short, and he was ready for it, rocks back and punches it through the off side
full toss, down the track and deposited on the grass banks over the deep midwicket fence
length outside off, steered to third-man
length outside off, left alone
short outside off, pushed to deep cover
short ball and out comes the ramp from Rayudu, right over the keeper's head. Clever shot
length outside off, nearly chopped on, but past the stumps and stopped by the diving keeper
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?"
length outside off, defended to point
slower ball, curved back in a little from middle, pushed to mid-on and they scamper a single
full outside off, pushed past the right of point
length outside, climbs as it leaves the batsman who has a poke and is beaten
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 :("
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."