Virat Kohli Praises Hardik Pandya, Says He Improves Balance Of The Team

Ish Sodh is battling with Mitchell Santner for the first-choice spinner role for the Black Caps

APIsh Sodh is battling with Mitchell Santner for the first-choice spinner role for the Black Caps

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.

"Doug and Ish have been two of the brighter spots of the ODI series so far and we've been encouraged by their performances against a quality Indian side", New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said. The all-rounder took a blinder to dismiss New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and get India an important breakthrough at a crucial juncture in the match.

The chase of 244 was never going to be taxing and once Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma dug in to forge a 100-run partnership for the 2nd wicket, the chase became an absolute stroll in the park.

India captain Virat Kohli bowed out of the New Zealand tour with the visitors in an unbeatable position after they won the third one-day worldwide by seven wickets in Mount Maunganui.

While Rayudu was steering India home, the International Cricket Council announced he had been suspended from international bowling.

Ross Taylor (93) and Tom Latham (51) gave the innings credibility but proved no challenge for the visitors.

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Mohammed Shami was the chief destroyer with three for 41 from nine overs as India went 3-0 up in the five-match series.

Indian captain Virat Kohli may not have scored a century in this series, but as has been the case right through his illustrious career, the right-handed batsman has tossed another record by the wayside.

After Shikhar Dhawan's dismissal for 28, Rohit opened up and slammed his 39th half-century including three boundaries and two sixes before being stumped off Mitchell Santner's bowling.

New Zealand were on for a more competitive total in Mount Maunganui after Ross Taylor and Tom Latham's 119-run partnership left them 178 for three with 13 overs left.

Both the sides will now move to Hamilton for the fourth match on Thursday.

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