Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar deliver thrilling series victory

India innings (toss: New Zealand, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma caught Southee, bowled Santner 147 (138) 18 2 106.52
S Dhawan caught Williamson, bowled Southee 14 (20) 3 0 70.00
V Kohli caught Williamson, bowled Southee 113 (106) 9 1 106.60
H Pandya caught Southee, bowled Santner 8 (6) 1 0 133.33
MS Dhoni caught Munro, bowled Milne 25 (17) 3 0 147.05
K Jadhav caught Guptill, bowled Milne 18 (10) 1 1 180.00
D Karthik not out 4 (3) 0 0 133.33
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, and Yuzvendra Chahal
Extras: 8 (7 wides and 1 leg bye)
India’s total: 337/6 in 50 overs, at 6.74 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 29/1 (Dhawan, 6.1), 259/2 (Rohit, 41.2), 273/3 (Pandya, 43.2), 302/4 (Kohli, 46.4), 331/5 (Dhoni, 49.1), and 337/6 (Jadhav, 49.6)
New Zealand bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets  Economy
T Southee 10 0 66 2 6.60
T Boult 10 0 81 0 8.10
A Milne 10 0 64 2 6.40
C de Grandhomme 8 0 57 0 7.12
M Santner 10 0 58 2 5.80
C Munro 2 0 10 0 5.00
New Zealand innings (target: 338 runs in 50 overs, at 6.76 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
M Guptill caught Karthik, bowled Bumrah 10 (14) 1 0 71.42
C Munro bowled Chahal 75 (62) 8 3 120.96
K Williamson caught Dhoni, bowled Chahal 64 (84) 8 0 76.19
R Taylor caught Jadhav, bowled Bumrah 39 (47) 3 0 82.97
T Latham run out by Dhoni/Bumrah 65 (52) 7 0 125.00
H Nicholls bowled Bhuvneshwar 37 (24) 5 1 154.16
C de Grandhomme not out 8 (11) 0 0 72.72
M Santner caught Dhawan, bowled Bumrah 9 (5) 0 1 180.00
T Southee not out 4 (1) 1 0 400.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: Trent Boult, and Adam Milne
Extras: 20 (16 wides and 4 leg byes)
NZ’s total: 331/7 in 50 overs, at 6.62 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 44/1 (Guptill, 5.1), 153/2 (Munro, 24.2), 168/3 (Williamson, 28.4), 247/4 (Taylor, 40.1), 306/5 (Nicholls, 46.5), 312/6 (Latham, 47.5), and 326/7 (Santner, 49.4)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 10 0 92 1 9.20
J Bumrah 10 0 47 3 4.70
H Pandya 5 0 47 0 9.40
A Patel 7 0 40 0 5.71
K Jadhav 8 0 54 0 6.75
Y Chahal 10 0 47 2 4.70

3rd ODI man-of-the-match:

Rohit Sharma, for his 138-ball 147

Match top scorer: Rohit (147 runs off 138 balls; 18×4, 2×6)

Where was the 3rd ODI won and lost?

Chasing a mammoth 338-run target for winning the third ODI and with it, the series, New Zealand made a great fist of the same. Colin Munro (who scored 75 runs off 62 balls, his innings punctuated by eight fours and three sixes) came good at the top of the order and so did the captain, Kane Williamson (scoring 64 runs off 84 balls, with eight fours), for the first time this series. They complemented each other really well and thanks to the 109-run second-wicket partnership between these two batsmen, the Kiwis were in a great position at the halfway stage in their innings, reaching 154/2 after losing Munro in the 25th over.

And unlike what can easily transpire in these big chases, particularly with the series on the line, New Zealand kept abreast with the required run rate and never lost wickets in a heap. Ross Taylor and Tom Latham joined together in the 29th over and similar to what they had achieved in Mumbai, built a strong partnership for the fourth wicket. Latham was easily the most fluent, but Taylor did play a crucial hand too, given the situation of this match.

Not only did India not get off to a desirable start with the ball (conceding 74 runs and taking just one wicket in the first powerplay) but their bowling spearhead, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, had a forgettable day at the office, his inconsistency in lines and lengths taken full advantage of by every New Zealand batsman. This proved a big headache for Virat Kohli, who has become used to having Bhuvneshwar and Jasprit Bumrah bowling their combined quota of 20 overs every match. Here, though, with Bhuvneshwar conceding almost 10 runs per over, Kohli had a massive problem in his hands. Bumrah was easily India’s best bowler and his contribution to India’s eventual success was huge in the extreme. With the runs coming in 10s, 11s and 12s at the other end, against the likes of Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel and to an extent Kedar Jadhav, Bumrah was the one who kept India in the hunt and the fans believing.

Having joined hands with the score at 168/3 in 28.4 overs, Latham and Taylor batted sensibly and impressively, not letting the required run rate get out of control and also taking the match to a situation from where the likes of Henry Nicholls and Colin de Grandhomme could utilise the long handle and cause more worry for the home team. Latham and Taylor scored 72 runs between overs 31-40 to put their team in an enviable position of 247/3, leaving the Blackcaps with just 91 runs to get from the final 10 overs.

Taylor was dismissed on the first ball of the 41st over, but his wicket didn’t lead to another one and Nicholls and Latham forged another dangerous partnership from an Indian perspective. At one point, with Bhuvneshwar’s figures reading 8-0-77-0 and Bumrah having three overs up his sleeve, one wondered if Kohli will give his No. 1 bowler the final two overs or utilise the part-time spin of Jadhav, particularly with two left-handers at the crease. The 42nd over was indeed bowled by Jadhav and it cost India 12 runs! Pandya bowled the 44th over and conceded 11 runs, New Zealand getting to 283/4 with 36 balls left to get 55 runs. Kohli just couldn’t get Bumrah into the attack yet.

Chahal bowled the 45th (going for five runs), after also having bowled the 43rd over (conceding 12 runs), to complete his 10-over spell, giving away 47 runs and in the bargain taking two hugely important wickets of Munro and Williamson. New Zealand, with six wickets in hand and needing 50 runs from 30 balls, were now massive favourites to successfully chase down 338. Nicholls scored freely and Latham was too, right from the start of his innings. Bumrah’s comeback over (the 46th of the innings) cost him and India a whopping 15 runs, bringing the equation down to 35 runs off 24 balls, which was more than achievable.

But to concede only 29 runs from here on, amid the dew and a reasonably smaller boundary, was astonishing from Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar, who, you have to say, won the match and this series for India! Bhuvneshwar conceded only five runs off the 47th over and also dismissed Nicholls with a perfect yorker. Bumrah backed this up by conceding just five runs, while MS Dhoni’s presence of mind helped India affect the run out to dismiss Latham for 65 (52).

With Colin de Grandhomme having been beaten, Latham set off for a run and found himself almost reaching the striker’s end to complete the run. The problem was de Grandhomme’s lack of response and Latham having to turn and sprint nearly the length of the pitch to get back to the non-striker’s end. But Dhoni, rather than throwing at the striker’s end (something which would have been easy and is the more natural option) waited and lobbed the ball back to Bumrah on his follow-through; with Latham halfway down the pitch, Bumrah took a couple of steps before hitting the stumps directly. This wicket helped India have two new batsmen at the crease, Mitchell Santner joining de Grandhomme in the middle.

When 24 runs were required off 11 balls, Santner stroked a Bhuvneshwar full-toss over long-on’s head for a six, to bring the equation down to a very much doable 18 off 10. Bhuvneshwar redeemed himself, though, conceding just three more runs off the final four deliveries and leaving Bumrah with 15 to defend in the final over. Bumrah dismissed Santner with a near-waist-high full-toss and conceded just eight runs.

Bhuvneshwar and Bumrah reinforced their reputations as reliable and outstanding death-overs bowlers, who, as they showed here, are capable of winning even those matches that seemingly look lost for their team. A match that went down to the wire was won by India, simply thanks to the prowess of these two bowlers at the death!

Earlier in the day, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli struck their respective 15th and 32nd ODI hundreds and helped India post a 300+ total. Dhoni (25 runs off 17 balls) and Jadhav’s (18 runs off 10 balls) cameos were crucial in getting India’s score close to 350, after Williamson had won his second toss this series and chose to field first. Rohit and Kohli put together 230 runs for the second wicket, with Kohli also becoming the fastest to reach 9000 ODI runs (in just 174 innings).

Kohli won the man-of-the-series award for scoring his second century in the same.

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