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India suffer first ODI Whitewash in 31 years

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New Zealand team posing after a satisfying ODI clean sweep against Team India.Picture: Daily Sun

New Zealand overwhelmed India inflicting a clean sweep in the three match series which is their first limited over whitewash in more than three decades. They were beaten 5-0 by the West Indies back in 1989.

In the third and final encounter at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday, New Zealand defeated the touring side by 5 wickets.

Chasing 297 runs, three half centuries from Henry Nicholls, Martin Guptill and Colin de Grandhomme respectively propelled the home team to overhaul the target in 47.1 overs.

Henry Nicholls scored 80 (103 balls), Martin Guptill made 66 (46 balls) and Colin de Grandhomme bolstered 58 not out off just 28 deliveries.

However that made Lokesh Rahul’s record breaking hundred went astray. After batting first, India mounted 296 runs riding upon Rahul’s fourth limited over hundred. He scored 112 off 113 deliveries including nine fours and two sixes rescuing India from 62/3 in the 13th over.

He put on 100 runs with Shreyas Iyer (62 off 63 balls) for the fourth wicket, and another 107 runs with Manish Pandey (42 off 48 balls) for the fifth wicket.

Hamish Bennett was the most successful bowler for New Zealand finishing with 4/64 from ten overs.

India getting whitewashed in a series of more than three ODIs: 

0-5 vs West Indies 1983/84

0-5 vs West Indies 1988/89

0-3 vs New Zealand 2019/20*

 

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