Team India defeated New Zealand in the third ODI and whitewashed the Black Caps in the three-match series at the Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore.
The tourists won the toss and elected to bowl first, but the decision went terribly wrong, with India putting up a strong batting performance. The opening duo of Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma completely dominated the proceedings, with both hitting their respective centuries.
While Gill smashed 112 off 78 balls with the help of 13 fours and 5 sixes, captain Rohit scored 101 from 85 deliveries, including 9 fours and 6 sixes. All-rounder Hardik Pandya provided the late flourish by slamming 54 off 38 balls, hitting 3 fours and as many maximums to take India’s total to 385/9 in 50 overs.
In response, New Zealand’s Devon Conway smashed a fighting century but didn’t get enough support from the rest of the batters as the visitors fell 90 runs short. Conway scored 138 off 100 balls, including 12 fours and 8 sixes. For the hosts, Shardul Thakur (3/45) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/62) picked up three wickets each, while Yuzvendra Chahal (2/43) bagged two scalps.
Shardul was named Player of the Match for his brilliant performance, while opener Shubman was adjudged Player of the Series for his consistent show throughout the three ODIs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
Another comprehensive performance from #TeamIndia as they outclass New Zealand by 90 runs in Indore to complete a 3-0 whitewash. 🙌🏽
— BCCI (@BCCI) January 24, 2023
Well played India! A 3-0 series win. The T20 Series starts on Friday. Devon Conway leading the chase with 138 from 100 balls. Scorecard | https://t.co/B5glESfZra #INDvNZ 📷 = BCCI pic.twitter.com/li2dHeWula
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) January 24, 2023
fantastic series victory against the Kiwis who also played fabulous cricket. Ahead of the world cup, #TeamIndia appears to be in good shape. Happy to see good form of Captain @ImRo45 @imVkohli and youngsters like @ShubmanGill & @imkuldeep18. @BCCI
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) January 24, 2023
The new No.1 team in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings 🤩
— ICC (@ICC) January 24, 2023
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) January 24, 2023
— DK (@DineshKarthik) January 24, 2023
Hundred, terrific catch, clean sweep as a captain.
What a day for Rohit Sharma.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 24, 2023
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) January 24, 2023
— SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) January 24, 2023
India finally committing to playing One day cricket the aggressive way makes them Red hot favourites to win the men’s World Cup this year .. #INDvNZ
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) January 24, 2023
And that's another whitewash! 🔥
Complete dominance by 🇮🇳 in the first 2️⃣ series of the World Cup year. 👏
— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) January 24, 2023
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) January 24, 2023
— Gujarat Titans (@gujarat_titans) January 24, 2023
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 24, 2023
This India team will still add the likes of Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Ravi Jadeja and Jasprit Bumrah in the World Cup. Imagine! #INDvNZ
— Farid Khan (@_FaridKhan) January 24, 2023