CHRISTCHURCH: In the third and final game of the series on Wednesday at Hagley Oval, Washington Sundar blasted his first ODI fifty to lead India to a modest 219 against New Zealand.
When Sundar stepped up to hit five fours and a six in a 64-ball knock to push the visitors above the 200-mark, India's innings finally got underway. The pitch had a lot of grass and lateral movement, and the weather was cloudy.
Apart from him, Shreyas Iyer also contributed a useful 49-run innings while the other hitters struggled and fell victim to New Zealand's disciplined bowling display. Daryl Mitchell's selection as the hosts' fifth bowler, earning 3/25 in his seven overs, was a brilliant move.
In his ten overs, Adam Milne, who replaced spinner Michael Bracewell, took three wickets for 57 runs. While Matt Henry did not take a wicket but still managed to bowl ten really effective overs, he only conceded 29 runs while Tim Southee claimed two victims.
India 219 all out vs New Zealand in 47.3 overs (Washington Sundar 51, Shreyas Iyer 49; Daryl Mitchell 3/25, Adam Milne 3/57).