This was Rahul's (112) first century while batting at the number five position. However, Rahul (112) and Pandey (42) perished in the 47th over, leaving India at 269/6.
India score 296/7 in their 50 overs in the third ODI against New Zealand
New Zealand brought in Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner in place of Tom Blundell and Mitchell Santner. On the other hand, India decided to give Manish Pandey a chance in place of Kedar Jadhav.
After clean sweeping the five-match T20I series 5-0, India were stunned by the hosts New Zealand in the first two games of the three-match ODI series with the Black Caps bagging the wins and hence the series against the Men in Blue. Looking to avoid a whitewash, the Men in Blue started preparation ahead of the third and final ODI of the series scheduled to be played on Tuesday (February 11) at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. As Team India players hit the nets on the eve of the third ODI, the official handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took to social media platform Twitter to share some snapshots from the training session.
New Zealand managed to take wickets at regular intervals, and India was left dependent on Jadeja. Navdeep Saini who came out to bat at number nine provided support to the experienced Jadeja and the duo put on 76 runs.
The 25-year-old played a knock of 103 runs to enable India to post a score of 347/4 in the allotted fifty overs. He found support in wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul and the duo put on 136 runs for the fourth wicket.
Taylor and Latham put on a stand of 138 runs to take Kiwis closer to victory. But with 39 runs away from the target, Kuldeep dismissed Latham (69) to revive India's hopes of making a comeback.
KL Rahul, who came in to bat at number five provided the much-needed impetus to the innings. He along with Iyer put on a stand of 136 runs for the fourth wicket.
Sharma had injured his calf during the final T20I against New Zealand on Sunday and as a result, he has been ruled out of both ODI and Test series.
Rohit Sharma has also been ruled out of the ODI series against the Kiwis after injuring his calf in the final T20I. Mayank Agarwal has been named as Rohit's replacement for the ODIs.