Saurabh Saket ∙ Jan 24 2023, 3:30 PM

India climb at the top of ICC Rankings with a clean sweep over New Zealand

image-ldae6ddtIndia celebrating their win over New Zealand (Source: Associated Press)

India have produced yet another brilliant performance in the series against New Zealand as the hosts defeated New Zealand in the final ODI of the series to produce a clean sweep over visitors to climb at the top of ICC ODI Rankings.

ICC ODI Rankings

  • India 114 Points
  • England 113 Points
  • Australia 112 Points
  • New Zealand 111 Points
  • Pakistan 106 Points

Rohit Rohit and Gill's ton sees India post 385 on the board

image-ldab1fw2Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill put up a record 200 runs plus opening partnership (Source: Associated Press)

After being invited to bat first, Indian skipper Rohit Sharma and partner in crime Shubman Gill put up a sensational 212 runs stand for the first wicket that gave the Men in Blue a great platform to reach to a massive total on the board.

Rohit was the first to reach the three-figure mark to put an end to a long draught, while Gill on the other hand continued his sensational form in the series, moving past a total of 350 runs in the 3 games.

New Zealand managed to pull some wickets in quick succession in the middle overs. However, Hardik Pandya and Shardul Thakur managed to get India back on track to a good total with a partnership of 54 runs for the seventh wicket.

The Blues managed to get up to 385 runs on the board at the loss of 9 wickets in their designated 50 overs.

Devon Conway leads the counterattack against India

image-ldabjmzlDewon Conway was on top of the Indian bowlers throughout the innings (Source: Associated Press)

After losing Finn Allen early in the first over, New Zealand showed their fighting spirit as Dewon Conway lead the charge against the Indian bowlers to keep his side well ahead in the chase with his first ODI century against the hosts. 

He was well supported by Henry Nicholls and Daryl Mitchell as Conway alongside the two added 106 runs for the second wicket followed by a 78 runs stand for the third wicket. Shardul Thakur gave India the much needed breakthrough picking the wickets of Mitchell and skipper Tom Latham on consecutive deliveries in the 26th over leaving the visitors down at 184/4.

While Conway tried his best to keep New Zealand in the game, Kuldeep Yadav's spell in the lateral stages of the game turned the tide of the game as India produced the win over the visitors.

Brief Scores

India: 385/9 (50)
Shubman Gill 112 (78), Rohit Sharma 101 (85)
Blair Tickner 3/76, Jacob Duffy 3/100

New Zealand: 295/10 (41.2)
Devon Conway 138 (100), Henry Nicholls 42 (40)
Kuldeep Yadav 3/62, Shardul Thakur 3/45

India win by 90 runs and win the series 3-0

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