The Vizag ODI proved to be a no-contest in the end, with India beating New Zealand by a whopping 190 runs and sealing the ODI series 3-2. Amit Mishra was awarded the man-of-the-match and the man-of-the-series awards for his match figures of 5-18 in six overs and series figures of 15-215 in 44.5 overs.
India had made 269-6 after MS Dhoni won the toss and chose to bat first in what was a series-decider. Rohit Sharma played a crucial hand of 70 (65) and thanks to his 79-run partnership with Virat Kohli, India had a solid platform from which to build their innings and post a total close to 300.
However, the Indian middle-order batsmen, including Kohli, struggled to find their timing during the middle phase of the Indian innings, which never really got going once Rohit feel. The wickets of Rohit and Kohli were crucial and denied India from getting to that magical total of 300, the figure which they would have had in their mind.
The Kiwis would have been happy with containing India to a par score and also fancied their chances of chasing 270 down, albeit they were batting second for the first time in the five-ODI series.
In the video below, I have discussed the Vizag ODI and also looked back on New Zealand’s 47-day-long tour of India as a whole, beginning with the Test series which India won 3-0 and returned to the summit of the ICC Test rankings. With the Test and ODI series wins against New Zealand, the Indians have also begun their long Indian home season on a very good note, though one cannot forget that the trio of England, Bangladesh and Australia could pose far tougher challenges.
Have a listen and tell us, using the comments section below, what you made of that highly comfortable win for the Men in Blue on Diwali day.
And, this is also the time to thank you for following our coverage of India’s Test and ODI series against New Zealand 2016. Cricfooty enjoyed bringing you the analysis and opinions and the last two months were an eventful period for us, as well.