The Men in Blue outplayed New Zealand by 90 runs in the third and final game against New Zealand on Tuesday. Skipper Rohit Sharma amassed his first ODI century in three years while Shubman Gill also scored a terrific hundred and helped India put on 385 for nine in the first innings. The Indian team also became the No.1 ODI team after winning the third ODI.
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
After New Zealand captain Tom Latham won the toss, he opted to field first. Both the Indian batters built a huge 212-run opening stand as Rohit got 101 off 85 balls and Shubman scored his fourth ODI century (112 off 78) at Indore. Hardik Pandya also smashed a 38-ball 54 to power India to a huge total.
In reply to that, despite scoring a brilliant 138 runs, Devon Conway could not save New Zealand as they bundled out for 295 runs in the 42nd over. Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav starred with the ball for the Men in Blue as both picked three wickets each. Hardik Pandya, Umran Malik and Yuzvendra Chahal were also among the wickets for India. Rohit Sharma led team India whitewashed the Kiwis and sealed the series by 3-0.
Earlier, Rohit Sharma equalled former Australia captain Ricky Ponting’s tally of ODI hundreds. Notably, both Rohit and Ponting now have 30 centuries in the 50-over format. While Ponting finished with that many hundreds after his 375-match career, the Indian opener now has 30 in 241 matches.
The 35-year-old is now the joint-third in the list of most ODI hundreds. The two batters who have more centuries in this format than him are also Indians with Sachin Tendulkar at the top of this list with 49 hundreds and Rohit’s teammate Kohli not too far behind with as many as 46 tons.