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.

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.

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.

With the win, Virat Kohli’s troops recorded their seventh bilateral ODI series triumph in a row, an Indian record.

Do it ‘Jatt ji style’ joked Kohli, who became the sixth Indian to go past 9000 ODI runs during his innings of 113.

He is also the fastest ever to reach the number, going past AB de Villiers’s landmark.

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.

And, luckily, no run outs!

And a world record to boot!

of course, the bowling department stepping up at crucial junctures was the most pleasing sight.