India vs New Zealand: ‘Top class show’, Twitterati all praise for Men in Blue after being crowned new No 1 ODI side

India players pose for picture with trophy during the 3rd ODI between India and New Zealand held at the Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore on the 24th January 2023
Photo by: Arjun Singh / SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill hit attacking centuries to help India sweep the one-day international series against New Zealand with a 90-run victory in the third match on Tuesday.

Rohit (101) and Gill (112) put on 212 for the opening wicket in Indore to guide the hosts to 385-9 after being invited to bat first in Indore.

In reply, Devon Conway’s 138 was in vain as India bowled out New Zealand for 295 in 41.2 overs for their second successive 3-0 whitewash and go top of the ODI rankings.

Rohit, who recorded his first ODI century since January 2020, and Gill stood out in the highest opening partnership by any team against the Kiwis in the 50-over format, surpassing the 201-run stand of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir in 2009.

New Zealand’s bowlers hit back after the pair’s departure as India slipped to 293-5 before Hardik Pandya took charge, boosting the total with a 38-ball 54.

Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Yadav picked three wickets for India, Yuzvendra Chahal two, while Hardik Pandya and Umran Malik picked one wicket each.

Twitterati were full of praise for India’s series victory:

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