[Kanpur, 29th October 2017] Today India & New Zealand met for one last time in the 3-match PayTm ODI series. What made this encounter interesting was that both the sides were even with the series leveled at 1-1. The winner of this match would get the title, hence the stakes were high. India finally came out as victories in a nail-biting contest where 668 runs were scored in the 100 overs quota.
When Indian finished with 337 scores on the board, the odds were clearly in their favor. Blistering Innings of Rohit Sharma (147 runs, 138 balls) and Virat Kohli (113 runs, 106 balls) helped India post a mammoth total. New Zealand continued their phenomenal batting performance to give India run for their money.When Bhuvneshwar Kumar ends with the bowling figures of 10 overs for 92 runs, you know the opposition has batted marvelously. Colin Munro (75 runs, 62 balls) and Latham (65 runs, 52 balls) added the much-needed firework in the New Zealand’s innings. Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor played the anchor’s role. There were moments in the game when the odds were completely in New Zealand’s favor. They ensured that they maintained a healthy run rate throughout the inning. Last 5 overs were very critical. The pressure of high-score game seemed to undo the New Zealand towards the end.
Bhuvaneshwar Kumar had a bad day otherwise, but his tidy 47th over kept us in the game. He uprooted the stumps of Nicholls of a perfect yorker. Nicholls was looking dangerous and his wicket was the start of shift of the game in India’s favor. Latham ran himself out in 48th over, putting an end to the visitor’s hope. Earlier Chahal and Axar Patel had kept India in the hunt with some smart bowling in middle overs. Chahal was able to get two crucial breakthroughs for the team.
In the end, the visitors fell short of 6 runs. A high-scoring game with all its twists and turns was worthy of a final.