In the last 29 years, New Zealand have played nine bilateral One-Day International series in India. They came close to winning one of them for the first time, but fell agonisingly short by six runs at Kanpur’s Green Park on Sunday (October 29) in the decider.
In a game where 668 runs were scored in 100 overs, Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal bowled brilliantly to finish with combined figures of 5 for 94 from 20 overs, which made the difference in the end.
In such a high scoring game, Bumrah and Chahal between them had 20-0-94-5 , exemplary performance in a run feast. Well done Team India .
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 29, 2017
With 35 runs needed from 24 balls, the match had swung in favour of the visiting side, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Bumrah yet again put their hands up when the team needed them the most. They conceded just 28 runs to clinch what was one of India’s most hard-fought wins in recent times.
Bhuvneshwar was expensive on the night but delivered when it mattered the most.
Inspite of the huge score, the last 4 overs from Bhuvi and Bumrah was eventually the difference. Great effort on winning the series @BCCI
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 29, 2017
Jasprit Bumrah has risen another notch as a top end overs bowler. Calm and effective
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) October 29, 2017
Bumrah also went past 50 ODI wickets during his 3 for 47, getting to the mark in 28 matches, second only to Ajit Agarkar (23) among Indians.
50th ODI wkt for Jasprit Bumrah in his 28th match. For India only Ajit Agarkar (in 23 matches) has done it quicker!#IndvNZ
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2017
With the win, Virat Kohli’s troops recorded their seventh bilateral ODI series triumph in a row, an Indian record.
— Kaushal K Vidyarthee (@vidyarthee) October 29, 2017
Do it ‘Jatt ji style’ joked Kohli, who became the sixth Indian to go past 9000 ODI runs during his innings of 113.
Great team work, amazing win! 👌💪
Celebrations.. Jatt ji style! 😎 pic.twitter.com/hkODublvBX
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 29, 2017
32nd ODI ton. 49th international ton. Fastest player to 9000 ODI runs in just 194 innings. Virat Kohli playing ODI cricket like EA Cricket 2007, 1 star difficulty! #IndvsNZ
— Srini Mama 💲 (@SriniMama16) October 29, 2017
He is also the fastest ever to reach the number, going past AB de Villiers’s landmark.
Virat Kohli becomes the fastest player to reach 9000 runs…
Fewest inngs to 9000 ODI runs:
— CricfreakZ (@cricfreakz) October 29, 2017
Kohli’s 230-run partnership with Rohit Sharma for the second wicket was a treat for the spectators. The two batsmen set up the game for India after they were put in to bat.
The most endearing quality of Kohli is to take the backseat…he can match Rohit shot for shot but never falls in that trap. Team First.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 29, 2017
And, luckily, no run outs!
— Troll (@sabtrolled) October 29, 2017
And a world record to boot!
WORLD RECORD: This is the 4th 200-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli#INDvNZ
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) October 29, 2017
— RoUniverse (@RoUniverse45) October 30, 2017
of course, the bowling department stepping up at crucial junctures was the most pleasing sight.
Rohit & Virat with the bat & Bumrah & Chahal with the ball. It’s not just batsmen winning matches for Ind these days. Congrats team India!
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 29, 2017