India’s victory over New Zealand in Indore completed a clean sweep in the three-match ODI series. They won the first ODI, a high-scoring thriller at Hyderabad by 12 runs, while their seamers helped them to an eight-wicket win at Raipur in the second game.
And the third and final win means they have now moved to the summit of the Men’s ODI Rankings. A brilliant 212-run opening stand between Rohit Sharma (101) and Shubman Gill (112) set India up for a giant first-innings score of 385/9 in the first innings in Indore. A late flurry from Hardik Pandya (54) and Shardul Thakur (25) helped boost the total, and the pair also played a key role with the ball. Pandya bowled dangerous opener Finn Allen with just the second delivery of the chase, and Thakur picked up three quickfire wickets in the middle overs.
Including two in two balls – to effectively end New Zealand’s chances. Even a stunning century from Kiwi opener Devon Conway wasn’t enough to deny India the win. England, who had gained the top spot merely three days back following New Zealand’s loss to India in the second ODI, are now in second position, with New Zealand slipping to fourth spot. Prior to Tuesday’s game, all three sides had been tied on 113 points, with their overall points the deciding differential.
But the latest result means that India are now first with 114 rating points. England sit at the second spot with 113 rating points, while Australia move up into third place with their 112 rating points. New Zealand have 111 rating points. If England manage to win their upcoming ODI series against South Africa 3-0, they’ll displace India as the table toppers in the Men’s ODI rankings. With the 90-run win over Tom Latham’s side. The men in blue overtook both England and New Zealand to capture the top spot in the ODI rankings with 114 points. Adding insult to injury, the Blackcaps have also lost their place to Australia. Which rose to the third spot with 112 points.
India will next take on Australia in a three-match ODI series. That is slated to commence on March 17 at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai.