India secured their first ever ODI series win in New Zealand, with a tie against the hosts at the triangular One Day Internationals on Thursday.The
India secured their first ever ODI series win in New Zealand, with a tie against the hosts at the triangular One Day Internationals on Thursday.
The match, which was rain-affected and ended in a tie, was won by India who, after a dramatic chase, secured – and celebrated – the series victory.
Batting first, India were in difficulty early on in their innings when, at 22-3, the Indian players found themselves in a very vulnerable position. India however, managed to turn the game around, with a partnership from Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina helping build their total up to 281-7, with 89 coming from Dhoni and a further 60 from Raina.
Rain then interrupt play with the Black Caps needing to beat a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 202 in 43 overs, however eventually the rain stopped, allowing the game to continue. Opening pair Aaron Red and Kane Williamson put on a match-defying partnership of 125 to secure a tie for their side and set up a dramatic finish.
The tie secured the series win for India and an elated MS Dhoni and his team celebrated the victory via wickets, hugs and cheers.
The victory makes this India’s first ever ODI series win in New Zealand, the fourth time they have secured this honour in the Tri-Series format and the fourth time they have taken a series win away from home in the past 4 months.
The series win is a great moment for Indian cricket and a testimony to their excellent preparation, hard work and confidence as they look to build on their success and continue to perform against World Cricket’s Top sides.
India will go into their next fixtures, then, with a great deal of momentum, and all eyes will be on the team to see how they can repeat their success in the future.
India overpowers New Zealand in Napier
The visitors India managed to defeat New Zealand in the third one-day international match played in Napier. The series concluded in India’s favor following the tie that was severely affected by the rain.
Resilient Performance from the Visitors
The final match in Napier saw a resilient effort from the visitors. India posted 216 runs in the allotted 43 overs, although their first three wickets fell for only 30 runs. This was followed by an excellent assemblage of runs from the middle order batsmen comprising of Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey, who scored respectively 71 and 54 runs.
New Zealand had a tough task ahead of them as they needed 217 runs to win the series. The Kiwis put up an admirable performance, but the Indians’ bowling trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Chahal and Kedar Jadhav halted their progress on 214 runs after 42.1 overs, thus ensuring the series concluded in a draw.
Successful Tour for the Indians
The Indian team showed an indomitable spirit throughout the tour by adapting to the conditions and displaying effective strategy. The tour saw incredible performances from each and every member of the team.
- Virat Kohli scored two centuries in the final two ODIs, thus keeping the Indian innings afloat.
- Shikhar Dhawan had noteworthy innings, one of which led to the team winning the first ODI.
- Kuldeep Yadav spearheaded the Indian bowling attack and won the Man of the Series award.
The Brave Indian team thus concluded the series successfully and exhibited a commendable effort that shall be remembered for a long time to come.