The hosts made a strong comeback after getting thrashed by India in the T20I series where they lost all five T20Is.
The Black Caps handed India a first bilateral ODI whitewash in more than three decades. They were missing Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult and Matt Henry. New Zealand made the chase look horrible at times than it should have been after a brisk 106-run opening stand between Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls.
Guptill (66) scored his second fifty in a row while Nicholls went on to hit 80 runs while chasing the target of 297. Losing a couple of quick wickets after Ross Taylor’s exist, gave Kohli’s team a chance to avoid clean-sweep. The home team already has suffered from such debacles in T20 Internationals.
Tom Latham kept his side on track with dangerous Colin de Grandhomme. de Grandhomme smoked a quick 58 not out to provide his side 3-0 victory in the series. Latham was unbeaten on 32 at Bay Oval of Mount Maunganui.
The visitors were asked to bat first by Kane Williamson on his return to cricket in the third and final One Day International. Mayan Agarwal continued his poor first ODI series as he fell for just 1 to Kyle Jamieson. Indian captain Virat Kohl experienced is worst fifty overs series in last five years as he got out for 9 to Hamish Bennett.
Kohli could only manage to score 75 runs in the series. He looked ordinary thus far on this tour of New Zealand. The average of great batsman in the series was the lowest since the tour of Bangladesh way back in 2015 where he averaged 16.33 in a three-game ODI series.
The in form batsmen KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer built a outstanding partnership of exactly 100 to give Kiwis a headache. Rahul struck his fourth One Day century to give India a chance to make him permanent No. 5 batsman. Iyer, who had a good series, scored yet another half century – 62. Bennett was excellent with his good bowling figures of 4 for 64 which also helped his side to stopped the tourists on 296.
Henry Nicholls made runs 80 and was named Man of the Match while Ross Taylor awarded with Player of the Series.