NZ vs IND 3rd ODI: No result India 219 (Washington 51, Iyer 49, Mitchell 3-25, Milne 3-57) vs New Zealand 104 for 1 (Allen 57, Conway 38*, Malik 1-31)
The final ODI of the series, which took place in Christchurch after 18 overs in which New Zealand chased India’s 219. When the players were taken off the field at Hagley Oval, New Zealand were at 104 for 1—well ahead of the DLS target—thanks to Finn Allen’s 54-ball 57 and Devon Conway’s 38 not out in 51 balls. However, the match did not conclude with a result because the 20-over mark had not been reached.
India had previously prevailed 1-0 in the three-match T20I series. This was the fourth of six matches in the short white-ball series without a conclusion. Prior, New Zealand won the toss, bowled first, and their seamers took advantage of anything that assistance there was in the surface and the circumstances to dismiss India for 219. Daryl Mitchell and Adam Milne each took three wickets to keep India at bay. Additionally, Washington Sundar’s first half-century in an ODI, which came after Shreyas Iyer’s 49 from No.3: India would have had trouble reaching 200.
In the chase’s second over, Arshdeep Singh bowled a maiden that caused Devon Conway trouble by moving the ball both ways. In any case, Allen couldn’t be held back at the opposite end and, bit by bit, Conway likewise got rolling, in any event, hitting four fours in a Deepak Chahar over. It helped New Zealand win their ten overs without losing a single one. Quick runs were brought about by Umran Malik’s fast pace; his first two overs went for 21. When Allen reached his 50-ball half-century by swatting Washington over long-off, he indulged in his bowling. Malik, on the other hand, caught Allen behind the covers for India’s first and only wicket. After an over, the sky became clear. As mentioned before, the game was expected to be soaked, and a drizzle caused the start to be pushed back by ten minutes.
After that, openers Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan were mostly kept quiet by Matt Henry and Tim Southee. This despite the fact that Dhawan frequently used his feet to charge down the field in an effort to frustrate the quick bowlers. After sprinting down the track, he hit his first two boundaries, a four-over cover point and a six-over long-on. But all he had to show for his adventures was 25 off 36 balls after ten overs. After facing 11 dots, Gill hit two fours, a delectable drive through extra cover and a front-foot pull through midwicket, before flicking one to forward square-leg to give Milne his first wicket.
Milne, who was in the XI in place of Michael Bracewell, got Dhawan to play one on through the inside edge after another slink down the wicket. He did, however, grass Iyer at deep third in the middle. The ship was steered for a while by Iyer and Rishabh Pant without really gaining any momentum. Iyer appeared composed, timing his punches and cuts through the offside with precision, and he did not shy away from leg heaves. Suryakumar Yadav, on the other hand, edged a ball to slip off Milne for the second time in the series, and Mitchell, who had only taken one wicket in ODIs prior to Wednesday, was able to snare Pant with a short one.
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After Iyer, who appeared to be on track to score his second half-century in the series, sliced one, Devon Conway took a sharp catch coming in from sweeper cover and caught it. India were in ruins at 121-5. India had a good chance of missing the 200-run mark when Deepak Hooda fell with them on 149. However, Washington’s batting prowess was on display for the second time in the series, following his unbeaten 16-ball 37 in the first ODI, and he scored a few runs with the tail before falling. The complete game looked well shy of standard, and New Zealand looked great to chase it down. But the rain made sure that we would never know if something unexpected was going to happen.