India on Sunday registered a historic victory against New Zealand after clinching an ODI series 4-1. This is the first time India won a bilateral ODI series against the Kiwis since 2009 and also the third team to win by a 4-1 margin on New Zealand soil after Australia and Sri Lanka.
Wishes poured in for the Indian team from around the world including Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who took to his Twitter handle to wish the Indian team for their amazing effort to make a comeback after a humiliating loss in the fourth ODI. Kohli wrote, “Great come back from a tough situation early on to make it 4-1. Shows the character we have. Well done boys. Jai Hind @BCCI”
As far as the match is concerned, India won it by 35 runs, with Ambati Rayudu and Yuzvendra Chahal playing an important role. Rayudu smashed an amazing 90 runs before getting out at Matt Henry’s ball, while Yuzvendra Chahal took 3 wickets from the 10 overs he bowled giving away just 41 runs.
India were looking really bad at first, when they gave away 4 wickets for just 18 runs on board, Ambati Rayudu (90) and Vijay Shankar (45) forged a 98 run stand before Shankar getting run-out by Neesham and Munro.
Hardik Pandya showed why he is considered a dangerous player when he smashed a match winning knock of 22 balls 45 runs. India won the five-match series by 4-1 and won a bilateral ODI series in New Zealand after 10 years.
India will now play a three-match T20I series against the Kiwis starting on February 6. The first match will be played at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.