India takes 3-0 lead in the series

India takes 3-0 lead in the series
India wins third match played at Bay Oval, New Zealand and takes unassailable lead in the series.
New Zealand won the toss and Kame Williamson chose to bat first and was not a bad option as the Kiwis managed a competitive score of 243 for the first innings and Ross Taylor (93), Tom Latham’s (51) partnership of 119 runs proved crucial for the host, only Skipper Williamson managed to score 20 plus (28 runs) and other batsman failed to do so, as remaining 8 players returned to the pavilion without scoring a single run including openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro getting out on 13 and 7 runs respectively.
Indian Bowlers bowled really well in tough conditions as three bowlers took two wickets (Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendar Chahal and Hardik Pandya) and Mohammad Shami taking three and due to this Kiwis failed to finish the last over as New Zealand got out in the 49th over.

When India came to batting the team knew that it needed to have good partnership to chase a good score but India got an early shook, when Shikhar Dhawan got out on twenty eight and suddenly India lost their most reliable opening partners in within forty runs and after departure of gabbar, India needed a stable partnership and India’s prayers were answered as skipper Virat Kohli came into bat in tenth over and from then on the pair of Kohli and Sharma took the game away from New Zealand’s hands as a 113 run partnership was made by the pair and both scored half centuries with Kohli scoring 60 and Sharma scoring 62.

When the partnership was finally broken in the 29th over (Sharma got out) New Zealand had something to cheer about because they captured another wicket of skipper Kohli within 16 runs after Sharma’s wicket and at this stage India completed the 60% of the runs and needed 76 runs more to win and next two batsman Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik made sure that they bring India home and they did it by scored 40 and 38 runs respectively and 77 runs partnership was enough to take a 3-0 lead.
This was the first time all wickets were taken through catch and run out compared to previous two matches, in this match no batsman was out through bowled.
Fourth Odi will be played on 31st January 2019 at Seddon Park, Hamilton, New Zealand.

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