India on Sunday defeated New Zealand by 6 runs in a thrilling ODI at Kanpur's Green Park stadium. It was Jasprit Bumrah's superb death bowling efforts who clinched the series for India.
Kiwi captain Williamson invited Virat Kohli and team to bat first after winning the toss in series decider. India lose opener Shikhar Dhawan (14) early but classy Rohit and skipper Virat Kohli helped India to rebuild the innings.
With the help of cracking hundreds from Rohit Sharma and captain Kohli India scored big and set a 338-run target for Kiwis to win the series. With dew expected in the second half, it won't be too easy for Indian bowlers to defend the taget on a good for batting Kanpur wicket.
Here are the LIVE Updates and LIVE Match Scorecard:
# India beat New Zealand in a thriller, win series 2-1
#Bumrah doing great for India in the last over, 3 balls 12 runs required
#4 balls 14 runs required
#5 balls 15 required
#6 balls 15 runs required
# Run out!! Big wicket for India. Tom Latham run out. New Zealand need 25 runs in 12 balls.
# The series decider is turning into a thriller. New Zealand need 29 runs in 16 balls.
# Bowled!! Bhuvi finally strikes. Is there some twist left in the match? Henry Nicholls departs after quick 37 off 24.
# New Zealand need 32 runs in 20 balls
# SIX! Kiwis now taking it away from India's hands. India on the verge of series defeat at home.
# Four! Unlucky Bumrah. But that doesn't bother New Zealand as they are getting runs they needed.
# Crucial breakthrough for India, Bumrah removes Ross Taylor. He scored 39(47)
# Score after 35 overs: NZ 214-3; Ross Taylor 26 (29)Latham 26(21)
# Tom Latham and Ross Taylor are buidling the partnership yet again. They have done it for Kiwis in the first ODI and are on the path of repeating that today as well.
# Chahal strikes again and strikes big. Removes captain Williamson 64(84).
# Run out chance, and missed. But a collision here. Pandya makes wonderfull efforts but the throw hit Williamson on helmet and he collided with diving Pandya.
# OUT! Big wicket for India. Chahal strieks at right time. Munro has to depart.
# Score after 24 overs: NZ 152-1; Munro 75(61) Williamson 57(69)
# Kiwis skipper Williamson comes in form at right time. Brings up his fifty after having two failed stint.
# Score after 14 overs: NZ 98-1; Munro 50(38) Williamson 31(32)
# Fifty for Munro in a do or die match. He has provided New Zealand with the start it wanted.
# Wicket!! Bumrah strikes and Guptill has to depart. First blow to Kiwis.
# More runs. Another four. this time Kohli gifted Munro a boundry. Over throw and four. 19 off the first over. Dream start.
# FOUR!! More runs. This is the start New Zealand wanted to chase big 338 runs target.
# Bhuvneshwar to Munro, FOUR, short, wide and four. Munro came out to bat with 'Sehwag' intent.
# 30.3: B Kumar to C Munro, SIX!! cracking shot. 'Munro' start to open the account.
# Guptill and Munro are at the crease. Guptill is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack
# Welcome back to the live cricket blog of India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI at Green Park, Kanpur.
# Last ball of the match and OUT! Jadhav departs, India settle for 337/6.
# Dinesh Karthik is the new man in. Last three balls left. can India reach above 340?
# OUT!! Wicket number 5 and the cameo of former captain comes to an end. He scored 25 off just 17 balls.
# OUT!! Kohli departs after a sublime hundred... Jadhav walks in to India's final flurry.
# Smashed by Dhoni on long off for four. Powerful hit brings up India's 300.
# Score after 45 overs: IND 285-3; Kohli 104(101) Dhoni 7(5)
# A loud cheer from crowd as MS Dhoni walks in.
# Another wicket. Pandya hit it too high in the air cought comfortably. I hope India won't lose the momentum here as still over six overs left.
# Virat Kohli slams century. His number 32nd.
# Finally a wicket for New Zealand. Rohit Sharma departs after scoring brilliant 147 (138). Pandya is the new man in.
# T Southee to RG Sharma (140), 4 runs from the over, 251/1 after 41 over. Rohit 145(136) Kohli 94(90)
# Kohli is nearing yet another hundred. If hits, it would be his 32nd ODI century. And he will come alil more closer to Sachin Tendulkar's record of 49 ODI hundreds.
# Virat took 194 innings to get to 9000 runs whereas De Villiers took 205 innings to reach the milestone. Just tells u about Kohli's remarkable consistency at run making over a period of time.
# Virat Kohli overtakes AB De Villiers' record to become the quickest to score 9000 ODI runs
# Score after 34 overs: IND 193-1; Kohli 67(73) Rohit 108(111)
# His no. 15 and one of my favourites. Century for Rohit. His first against New Zealand and 5th in 2017. He is the second most run scorer in the calender year after Virat Kohli.
# Rohit Sharma hit few tons but his hundreds are always classy and you can play them in loop. He is just 3 runs away from hundred.
# Score after 30 overs: IND 165-1; Rohit 97(101) Kohli 50(59)
# Virat Kohli also brings up his Fifty. No. 46 for the skipper.
# Score after 25 overs: IND 134-1; Rohit 74(81) Kohli 43(49)
# Stat: Most runs in ODIs in 2017: 1385 V Kohli *; 1000 Rohit Sharma *; 983 J Root; 956 Q de Kock; 905 F du Plessis; 872 Babar Azam
# Score after 20 overs IND 109-1; Kohli 29(34)Rohit 64(66)
# Rohit Sharma brings up his 35th ODI fifty. He's been total class today in Kanpur.
# Score after 15 overs: IND 81-1; Rohit 45(45) Kohli 20(25)
# Adam Milne to Rohit, SIX, that's a Rohit Sharma signature stroke!
# Southee to Kohli, FOUR! classy stuff!
# India score: 45/1 after 9 overs
# Shikar Dhawan gone at an individual score of 14. Caught by Kane Williamson, bowled by Tim Southee.
# Boult to Dhawan, FOUR! Wow! What a beautiful shot
# Southee to Rohit, FOUR, slashed away!
# Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Tim Southee will open the attack
# New Zealand win toss and elect to field against India at Green Park, Kanpur
India (Playing XI):
Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
New Zealand (Playing XI):
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), Henry Nicholls, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult