Published: Wed, February 12, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

NZ wins by 5 wickets, sweeps series 3-0

NZ wins by 5 wickets, sweeps series 3-0

"They played with a lot more intensity after the T20 series". New Zealand's second line of fast men - Adam Milne and Seth Rance - are also recovering from injuries.

Half-centuries by Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme set up New Zealand's five-wicket win over India in the third one-day worldwide tonight which completed a series sweep. Tim Southee, too, was sick at Eden Park, but still soldiered on to finish his ten overs and claim the prize scalp of India captain Virat Kohli.

India needed 23 to win from 10 balls when Jadeja holed out to Colin de Grandhomme at long off off James Neesham's bowling to be the last man dismissed as New Zealand broke into celebrations, having collected their first series win against India in six years. The Indian bowlers were sent on a leather hunt by the New Zealand batsmen with openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls setting the tone in the first twenty overs. India would want to avoid a whitewash and for that, would expect its top order to fire against a high-flying New Zealand. "They managed to do that again in the first half but the way the guys fought back with the ball and perhaps kept India to a par total on that surface, and the cricket smarts in the second half, was outstanding".

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India managed to secure two high points and positives from the series.

However, it was de Grandhomme (58*) and Latham (32*) who guided the Blackcaps to victory in the and by five wickets with 17 balls to spare.

Ross Taylor was named as the Player of the Series for scoring one century and a half-century, averaging a whopping 194 in three innings. Also supporting him was Shreyas Iyer, who made 62. He began by bowling Guptill with a classic leg break which pitched on leg, beat the bat and hit off stump.

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