Twitter Reactions: New Zealand’s batting brilliance hands India a rare series whitewash
After suffering a rare series whitewash, the Men in Blue will now lock horns with New Zealand in the two-match Test series starting from February 21.
Updated - Feb 11, 2020 3:39 pm
After getting annihilated 0-5 in the T20I series, New Zealand duly retaliated and registered a thumping 3-0 victory in the ODI series. The Indian bowling force was left clueless after a robust batting performance by the Kiwis as they clinched the third and final ODI of the series by five wickets.
The Kiwi batting force notched up the pressure from the paramount over as the opening duo of Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls stitched a 106-run partnership to propel their side to a flying start. While Guptill gathered 66 runs off 46 deliveries, Nicholls continued his run-scoring spree in the ODI series as the right-hander a brilliant 80-run knock. He weaved his innings around nine fours before getting dismissed by Shardul Thakur in the 33rd over of the run-chase.
However, the opening stand had already paved way for the hosts to sweep the Men in Blue in the three-match ODI series. After the middle-order of New Zealand– Kane Williamson (22) and Ross Taylor (12) — failed to stay at the crease for a prolonged period, it was wicketkeeper Tom Latham and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme who sailed the Kiwis’ ship to the shore. De Grandhomme’s explosive 28-ball 58 coupled with Latham’s 32-run knock guided New Zealand to a comprehensive five-wicket victory.
KL Rahul smacks fourth ODI ton to power India to 296
Earlier, India rode on KL Rahul’s fourth ODI century. The Karnataka batsman continued to shine in his role batting at five after coming in to bat with the team in trouble at 62/3 in the 13th over. He first stitched a 100-run partnership with Shreyas Iyer even as the duo rebuilt the innings by rotating the strike patiently. Iyer was once again looking good to go past the three-figure mark but got out tamely after completing his half-century.
However, Rahul didn’t deter and continued scoring runs at a fair clip. Rather he upped the ante after getting to the 50-run mark in 60-odd deliveries. With a calm head in Manish Pandey playing well at the other end, Rahul played his shots and made sure that the run-rate never dipped. In the process, he also got to his first ODI ton batting at number five.
Just when things were looking ominous for the Kiwis with four overs to go, both Rahul and Pandey got out in the 47th over off Hamish Bennett. While the former notched up 112 runs with nine fours and two sixes, his partner scored 42 runs off 48 balls with a couple of fours to his name. The duo getting out at the wrong time to hurt India in the last few overs as they could post 296 runs for the loss of seven wickets after 50 overs.
Meanwhile, the visitors’ top-order travails continued in this game as well. Mayank Agarwal‘s poor series ended with yet another low score while Virat Kohli also never looked in his elements during his 12-ball stay in the middle. Prithvi Shaw, once again, was impressive but misjudged a run which cut short his innings at 40.
The Men in Blue suffered a whitewash in an ODI series since their 0-5 defeat against West Indies in 1988/89. After the rare series whitewash, Virat Kohli and his troops will now lock horns with New Zealand in the two-match Test series starting from February 21. It will be interesting to see how both the sides fare after delivering a fierce performance in the T20I and ODI series.
Here are the best tweets on New Zealand whitewashing India
New Zealand have done this convincingly….Hamilton, Auckland and Mount Manganui. Chased a big total, defended a small one….didn’t let Kohli score big, didn’t give a single wicket to Bumrah. What a turnaround. #NZvInd
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) February 11, 2020
Whitewash for the @BLACKCAPS #nzvind Great positives and some quality cricket but @BCCI will be disappointed as they were a bit clumsy..not clinical as they usually are. Congratulations to the Kiwis 👏👏👏
— Russel Arnold (@RusselArnold69) February 11, 2020
After being whitewashed in T20's , great effort from New Zealand to whitewash India in the One day Series.
Bumrah being wicketless in the series was a big factor. #NZvIND
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) February 11, 2020
Shardul Thakur is the first Indian bowler ever to concede more than 80 runs twice in an ODI series but batting depth fellas
— saurabh. (@Boomrah_) February 11, 2020
This is the first time that India have lost a three-match bilateral ODI series 0-3.#NZvIND
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) February 11, 2020
India getting whitewashed in ODI series (3 or more ODIs):
5-0 v West Indies at home (1983)
5-0 v West Indies in away series (1989)
3-0 v New Zealand in away series (2020)#NZvsIND
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) February 11, 2020
India has been outclassed in all three departments, proper hammering from Kiwis. Chase down totals, defended in the second ODI. Well deserving victory from some silly cricket in the T20 series.
Now, on to the test series. #NZvIND
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 11, 2020
Don’t know why @ashwinravi99 is not in this team! There seems to be an aversion to wicket takers! After white washing the kiwis in T20’s the Kiwis showing India that the semi final victory in the World Cup was no fluke. India needs wicket takers and players with X factor
— Parth Jindal (@ParthJindal11) February 11, 2020
* on phone *
RaGa : khata khula?
Kohli : nahi. aur tumhara?
RaGa : nahi
— Sunil- the cricketer (@1sInto2s) February 11, 2020
First time India have been whitewashed in a multi-game bilateral ODI series since the fall of the Berlin Wall. #NZvInd
— Patrick Noone (@patnoonecricket) February 11, 2020
— CricTracker (@Cricketracker) February 11, 2020
India whitewashed in an ODI series after 31 long years. #NZvIND
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 11, 2020
ER for Shardul Thakur since comeback (overs)
Overall ER: 7.64 in 51.1 overs [six wickets]#NZvIND
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 11, 2020
Shardul should be lucky News Channels are sold out now and only lick a$$ of politicians now.
If it was 2000s, they would have ended him worse than Twitter.
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) February 11, 2020
Shardul Thakur's economy rate in the series – 8.1
Next worst in the series among pacers – 6.9
— Somesh Agarwal (@someshagarwal22) February 11, 2020
World No.1 batsman and World No.1 bowler least performance in this series..#NZvIND
— Super star (@imVk18_fan) February 11, 2020
Don't blame bowlers… India well short of 35 runs #NZvIND
— Vijay MP (@imvijaymp) February 11, 2020
— പൈലി 🇳🇿 (@pailiyettan) February 11, 2020
Full credit to New Zealand. Depleted without Boult, Lockie, Henry & Williamson initially. And having to bounce-back after being whitewashed in the T20Is. Kyle Jamieson looks a serious international cricketer. Ross Taylor still worth gold in longer formats. #NZvIND
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) February 11, 2020
— Mitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) February 11, 2020
— MastAadmi (@EkMastAadmi) February 11, 2020