India clinch ODI series against Kiwis

India clinch ODI series against Kiwis

India clinch ODI series against Kiwis

On the other spectrum of Indian cricket, Mithali also reached the pinnacle of the rankings beating the likes of Ellyse Perry of Australia, Amy Satterthwaite of New Zealand and Meg Lanning of Australia.

Many current and former cricketers heaped praise on Kohli, who had struck a fabulous century in the first game of this series in Mumbai to go past the Australian legend in terms of scoring most ODI tons.

Put into bat, India did not start well as left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan (14) was sent back to pavilion in the seventh over.

"Key to Virat Kohli's consistency is that he learns from his mistakes and to then avoid those.

After a steady start, Rohit and Kohli displayed their class and temperament in the middle overs and helped India to cross the 250-run mark comfortably.

It turned out to be the only success for the visitors for a long time as Rohit and incoming batsman Kohli applied themselves perfectly in the middle to frustrate the New Zealand bowlers till the 42nd over. He faced 138 balls and hit 18 fours and two sixes.

Not just that, he became the fastest to reach 5000 runs in worldwide cricket as captain across formats, taking only 93 innings to reach the mark. He faced 106 balls and slammed one six and nine boundaries.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is up one place to 11th, while New Zealand batsman Tom Latham's good show in the series has seen him jump 15 places to a career-best 23rd.

The Black Caps enjoyed a substantial second-wicket partnership of their own as Colin Munro and Kane Williamson put on 109 in 19 overs, but Yuzvendra Chahal removed both in quick succession to leave them 168 for three.

For New Zealand, pacer Tim Southee, Adam Milne and spinner Mitchell Santner scalped two wickets each.

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