‘Bas aise hi World Cup me bhi khel lena’- Twitter goes berserk as India thrash New Zealand bowlers for 385 in 3rd ODI

India registered their second-highest ODI total against New Zealand of 385 on Tuesday at Holkar Stadium in Indore.

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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Source - Twitter)

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Source - Twitter)

India take on on New Zealand in the third and final match of the three-match ODI series at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on January 24, Monday. The visitors made one change as Jacob Duffy came in place of Henry Shipley while the Indian Team management rested the pace-duo Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj and brought back speedster Umran Malik and the wrist spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

India lost the toss and they were asked to bat first and it was a run-fest in Indore as both Rohit and Shubman Gill started well as they displayed an outstanding effort to put a double-century opening stand. At one stage, it seemed that the Indian batters will cross the 400-mark easily but the Blackcaps made a stellar comeback as India lost their 6 batters for 101 runs.

Bad day for New Zealand bowlers

Rohit smashed a century after a long wait of three years. He completed his century in just 83 balls including 9 fours and 6 sixes in his innings. The Indian skipper played an inning of 101 runs in 85 balls. Rohit scored his last century on 19 January 2020. He played an inning of 119 against Australia in Bangalore. Rohit also became the 3rd highest six-hitter in the history of ODIs.

The pressure was totally shifted back to India and it took a determined Hardik Pandya to steer them out of trouble again as he scored 54 runs off just 38 deliveries which included 3 fours and 3 sixes. Shardul Thakur gave him a great hand and the duo added a brisk 54-run stand to lift the inning again. Lockie Ferguson and Mitchell Santner were really good with the ball both were the only bowlers whose economy rate was under 6. Blair Tickner and Jacob Duffy both took 3 wickets each but went too expensive as the Indian team ended up scoring 385 runs in 50 overs.

Gill smashed yet another ODI hundred and this was his 3rd 100-plus score in his last 4 ODI innings. He played some beautiful-looking strokes. He continued batting brilliantly and completed his ton on the last ball of the 26th over. He smashed 112 runs off just 78 deliveries, including 13 fours and 5 sixes before getting out by Blair Tickner

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