New Zealand vs India - Highlights & Stats

New Zealand vs India - Highlights & Stats

Hardik Pandya missed the ODI series against Australia and also missed first two ODIs against New Zealand as he along with teammate KL Rahul was suspended by the BCCI over his misogynist remark on a TV show. Hopefully, they can bring in a new edge to the team.

"If you play them in the first game of World Cup, then these things (series win) matters but if they have had a great tournament before they play us, the series is not a guarantee that we will have an upper hand against them in the World Cup", he signed off. I knew that today's wicket is on the slower side and will help the spinners and it's not going to be easy.

"I'm not sure what the team composition is for the next couple of matches, but I'm sure he's [Southee] knocking on the door, he's not far away".

However, his most important contribution might have come through his spectacular catch to dismiss Williamson with the New Zealand skipper always capable of the big innings.

An ageless Mahendra Singh Dhoni too continued his rampaging run with yet another unbeaten 33-ball 48 to take India across the 300-mark, while Kedar Jadhav has also grabbed the role of a finisher with both hands. On Monday, the duo returned combined figures of 2 for 90 in 17 overs.

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Only Taylor, and for a time Latham, offered any real resistance after another disastrous start by the top order.

Taylor reached his half century from 71 balls with four boundaries and Latham followed him to a half century from 62 balls with one four and one six. He hit one four in his first 54 balls but in that time scored 40 with some good running. "New Zealand is a good team, but India were better", Harbhajan said. "You got to take it deep".

But batsman continued to fall at regular intervals around them and the home side were all out after 49 overs. However, that move backfired as the ball flew in the air towards the left for mid-wicket where Pandya took a blinder two-handed diving catch.

Now that India have won the ODI series, Kohli can go into his much-needed break happily. "Just the presence he brings into this Indian side, I think the balance of the side is a lot better when he's in". He uses his strength very well and with the wind also. "We wanted to continue the same".

Talking about the team's current combination, Kohli said, "Three clinical games for us".

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