India vs New Zealand 3rd ODI: Known for his big-hitting prowess and ability to clear the biggest of fields with utmost ease – India opener Rohit Sharma is a sight to behold in white ball cricket. In the past few years, Rohit’s success at the top has been instrumental for the men in blue who took some huge strides in limited-overs cricket. After falling cheaply in the first ODI in Napier, the vice-captain showed his class against New Zealand in the second game where he played a match-winning knock of 87 in Mount Maunganui.
During the third ODI versus Kiwis, the 31-year old continued his blazing form in the series with another important knock for the visiting side. Chasing a tricky target of 244 to win on a slow surface, Rohit once again sent Kiwi bowlers on a leather hunt with his solid 62 off 77 deliveries that included 3 boundaries and 2 huge maximums. It was not a fluent innings as per Rohit’s standards but during his stay, the Mumbai batsman equalled the record of MS Dhoni. Rohit joined Dhoni at the top in hitting most sixes for Team India in one-day internationals.
Most sixes for India in ODIs:
215 ROHIT SHARMA
215 MS Dhoni
195 S Tendulkar
189 S Ganguly
153 Yuvraj Singh
Rohit also surpassed the likes of Virender Sehwag, Dhoni and Suresh Raina in hitting most maximums for India against New Zealand in New Zealand.
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Most Sixes in New Zealand in #odi Cricket for #TeamIndia —
17* – R Sharma
16 – V Sehwag
14 – MS Dhoni
13 – S Raina
12 – S Tendulkar
Earlier, Hardik Pandya seemed unfazed by the tribulations of the past few weeks and made a significant contribution to India’s impressive bowling effort which shot New Zealand out for 243 in the third ODI on Monday. Coming back into the side after the suspension on him for sexist remarks on a TV show was lifted, Pandya delivered figures of two for 45 in 10 overs and choked the run flow during the middle overs.
Skipper Virat Kohli’s stand on the kind of balance that the Baroda all-rounder brings to the side stood vindicated during another controlled bowling effort by the visitors. Save the 119-run fourth wicket stand between Ross Taylor (93 off 106 balls) and Tom Latham (51 off 64 balls), New Zealand couldn’t really accelerate against the Indian attack on a pitch that was a touch slower compared to the second ODI.
Mohammed Shami (3/41 in 9 overs), who had all but sealed the third seamer’s spot for the World cup, once again provided the initial breakthrough as Colin Munro (7) edged one to Rohit Sharma in the slip cordon.