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IND vs NZ 3rd ODI: Rain washes out Christchurch ODI; New Zealand win series 1-0

Rain washes out Christchurch ODI
Umpire Wayne Knights looks on as the covers are placed over the wicket as rain stops play during the one day cricket international between India and New Zealand at Hagley Oval, in Christchurch, New Zealand, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. (John Davidson/Photosport via AP)

Christchurch, November 30: Relentless rain washed out the third and final one-day international between India and New Zealand at the Hagley Oval, in Christchurch, on Wednesday as the hosts won the three-match series 1-0.
New Zealand won the opening ODI at Eden Park, in Auckland, by seven wickets. The remaining two ODIs – in Hamilton and Christchurch – were washed out due to rain.
Eyeing a 2-0 sweep, New Zealand were 50 runs ahead on the Duckworth-Lewis method but at least 20 overs of play were needed for the match to be complete.
With rain showing no signs of relenting, the umpires decided to call off the contest.
Devon Conway (38 not out) and skipper Kane Williamson, who was yet to open his account, were at the crease during the rain interruption.
Devastating opening batsman Finn Allen (57 off 54) was the only wicket to fall for New Zealand. Right-arm pacer Umran Malik claimed Allen’s wicket.
Overall, only two matches in the six-ball white-ball series produced results, exposing the poor planning on part of the concerned authorities. The series was organised less than a week after the T20 World Cup in neighbouring Australia.
As for India, the series exposed their flawed selection policy.
It all began with an inspiring bowling show by the Kiwi pacers with comeback man Adam Milne (3/57) and Daryl Mitchell (7-0-25-3) bundling out India for 219 in 47.3 overs after Kane Williamson won a good toss at an overcast Hagley Oval.
The likes of Rishabh Pant (10 off 16 balls), Suryakumar Yadav (6; 10b) and Deepak Hooda (12; 25b) were the biggest failures as they lacked application and failed to bide time after Milne rocked the top-order.
Seeking to save the series, India found themselves in a spot of bother, losing half of the side in 25.3 overs.
But thanks to the efforts of Washington Sundar (51 off 64 balls; 5x4s, 1×6) and Shreyas Iyer (49; 59b) India managed to get past the 200-run mark.
Mline, who sat out the second ODI, took the opening duo of Shubman Gill (13; 22b) and Shikhar Dhawan (28; 45b) after Matt Henry stifled them with a tidy bowling display (10-2-29-0), before Mitchell and Tim Southee (8.3-1-36-2) wrapped up the issue.
Dhawan and his men were further disappointed by an inexperienced bowling attack as they struggled to get a breakthrough.
(ToI With PTI inputs)