Scores- India 337/6 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 147, Virat Kohli 113; Mitchell Santner 2-58, Adam Milne 2-64) beat New Zealand 331/7 in 50 overs (Colin Munro 75, Tom Latham 65, Kane Williamson 64; Jasprit Bumrah 3-47, Yuzvendra Chahal 2-47) by 6 runs.
* NZ in bilateral series deciders in India:
Mumbai(BS), 1995: Lost by six wickets
Delhi, 1999: Lost by seven wickets
Vizag, 2016: Lost by 190 runs
Kanpur, 2017: Lost by six runs
* Most consecutive bilateral series wins for India:
7 Jun 2016 – present (MS Dhoni/ V Kohli) *
6 Jan 2007 – Aug 2007 (R Dravid)
6 Nov 2007 – Jun 2009 (MS Dhoni)
* Smallest margin of win for Ind vs NZ (by runs):
1 Wellington, 1990
5 Perth, 1980
6 Adelaide, 1980
6 KANPUR, 2017 *
Virat Kohli, winning captain and Man of the Series: It was a pretty close game. Credit to NZ, they fought hard in this series and forced us to play our best cricket. Credit to the skill and character they possess. You’ve to tell yourself that the bowler knows best because he too wants to win the game. With the dew like it was, sometimes it feels even 22 fielders won’t be enough. Glad the guys pulled it through. The wicket eased out in the second half, and it was coming on beautifully. It was good to bat even during our innings but it slowed down considerably. The aim is always to help the team win games, regardless of how many runs I score. Very happy we could get another one in the bag, and move forward to the T20s.
Rohit Sharma, Man of the Match: Feels good when your team wins and you contribute in it. Pretty happy with the way we played throughout the series. NZ were competitive throughout. We had to be at our best to win. After the innings break, considering the kind of threat they bring to the table, it’s important to understand your game and play accordingly. Pre-match analysis helped me to see where my head was falling. My head was falling a bit earlier, not coming in line. Enjoy playing in Kanpur, have good memories. Today was a perfect day. There was lots of dew, credit to the bowlers who stuck to their plans. Every hundred is special. I was just trying to do certain things and it came out pretty well. Was talking to Sanjay Bangar about what was going wrong with my batting. When the things you do off the field pay off, that’s very satisfying.
Latham: It’s been great. Last year, I opened and this year I kept and batted in the middle order. It’s been a great year. Always nice to come here, unfortunately we couldn’t get over the line. For us it was to take it as deep as we could. Against quality seamers – Bumrah and Bhuvi – just couldn’t get there. The Indians played really well. We haven’t got as close before. We were probably left with too much in the end. Credit to India. They played really well.”
Chahal: “We needed wickets and whenever I bowled slow it spun. I wanted to make him (Munro) drive. After 4-5 overs, it was difficult to bowl. On this wicket, you have to flight the ball. So i had to toss it up.”
Series: New Zealand tour of India, 2017
- India vs New Zealand, 3rd ODI – India won by 6 runs
- India vs New Zealand, 2nd ODI -India won by 6 wkts
- India vs New Zealand, 1st ODI – New Zealand won by 6 wkts
Bumrah: “I mostly try to keep my head calm. I think that gives the best chance to execute. I should have gone to the stumps and taken it down (talking about Latham’s run-out). It was good that I could hit the stumps. Similar thing happened in England as well, that’s probably why he (Dhoni) was laughing. Just focus on the match and focus ball-by-ball and try to execute. I try to watch the ball till the end. I lock the ball and try to execute it. It was difficult to bowl because of dew. You have to back yourselves and I was trying to do that. This is how cricket goes. Cricket is a great leveler. He (Bhuvi) was contributing in the previous matches. Hopefully in the next matches we will be doing well. With the runs going, it was tough for him (Chahal). He was brilliant and hopefully he continues to do well.”
Williamson: Fantastic series. Some really good cricket played and great spirit. Credit to Virat and team, they were the better team, just. Lots of promising signs for us. Coming to this game, and coming so close is frustrating, but very good signs. The surfaces were good throughout. That’s the nature of the sport, but you do need to be at your best to get across the line against these guys. One promising sign of note was our middle order. Tom Latham batted with such clarity in his mind, it was great to watch. Also Henry Nicholls. Ross is not new but he’s playing nicely as well. Bowlers stuck it out as well. They performed well in most games. You look back on little moments, but at the end of the day, India played better cricket. You’re always weighing up the balance of the side when you select it.