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Virat Kohli led-Indian cricket team displayed some outstanding performances to hammer New Zealand by 7-wickets in the 3rd ODI at the Bay Oval on Monday to grab the five-match rubber series 3-0.
It is learnt that this is India's first ODI series win in New Zealand in a decade. The Men-in-Blue last achieved the feat under Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2009.
Chasing a below-par target of 243, India lost opener Shikhar Dhawan after a breezy 28 off 27 balls, but fellow opener Rohit Sharma struck his 39th ODI fifty to lay the foundation in the company of the skipper Virat Kohli, who also got to his 49th ODI half-century.
India's vice-captain played a vital 62-runs off 77 balls and Kohli made 60 off 74 and the duo added a 113-runs second wicket stand to ease the work for the middle order.
Just when both the batsmen looked to take the men-in-blue to another easy win, left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner deceived Rohit with a flighted delivery to be stumped only for the second time in one-day internationals.
Three overs later, Kohli also followed Rohit back to the dressing room after being spooned by Henry Nicholls at cover off Trent Boult, leaving the untested middle order to fetch another 76 runs from 113 balls.
The new pair of Ambati Rayudu (40*) and Dinesh Karthik (38 not out) took team India over the line.
While Rayudu, who was on Monday suspended by the ICC from bowling in international cricket, started off aggressively, Karthik was welcomed by a bouncer and the Tamil Nadu stumper didn't look back from there on, playing his natural game and eventually sealing off the deal in India's favour.
Earlier, pacer Mohammed Shami shone with the ball and took three wickets to help India overcome veteran Ross Taylor's defiant 93 and Tom Latham's 51, and restrict the hosts to 243 in 49 overs.