CHRISTCHURCH: New Zealand clinched a 1-0 series win over India after the third and final One-day international was abandoned on Wednesday.

Rain forced players from Hagley Oval following the 18th over of New Zealand’s chase, with the home side 104-1 after India had been dismissed for 219. Play never resu­med, meaning there was no result as the Black Caps needed to face a minimum 20 overs for an official match to be registered.

New Zealand were well placed to push for victory thanks to an opening stand of 97 between Finn Allen (57) and Devon Conway (38 not out).

The outcome nevertheless hands the Black Caps a series win that cements their status as the world’s top-ranked ODI side 10 months out from the World Cup in India.

Allen’s fourth ODI half-century featured eight fours and one six.

His aggression was a contrast to a more watchful approach from the Indian top order.

Recalled pace bowler Adam Milne and allrounder Daryl Mitchell both took three wickets as the Black Caps employed a seam-based attack to good effect on a green Hagley Oval pitch. Drop­ped for game two, Milne (3-57) celebrated his re­call with a sharp opening spell in which he claimed openers Shubman Gill and Shikhar Dhawan, before later returning to rem­ove Surya­­kumar Yadav cheaply.

India’s Washington Sundar scored 51 off 64 balls.

Scoreboard

INDIA:

S. Dhawan b Milne 28

S. Gill c Santner b Milne 13

S. Iyer c Conway b Ferguson 49

R. Pant c Phillips b Mitchell 10

S. Yadav c Southee b Milne 6

D. Hooda c Latham b Southee 12

W. Sundar c Latham b Southee 51

D. Chahar c Southee b Mitchell 12

Y. Chahal c Southee b Santner 8

A. Singh lbw b Mitchell 9

U Malik not out 0

EXTRAS (LB-8, W-13) 21

TOTAL (all out, 47.3 overs) 219

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-39 (Gill), 2-55 (Dhawan), 3-85 (Pant), 4-110 (Yadav), 5-121 (Iyer), 6-149 (Hooda), 7-170 (Chahar), 8-201 (Chahal), 9-213 (Singh)

BOWLING: Southee 8.3-1-36-2, Henry 10-2-29-0, Milne 10-0-57-3 (2w), Ferguson 10-0-49-1 (6w), Mitchell 7-0-25-3 (1w), Santner 2-0-15-1

NEW ZEALAND:

F. Allen c Yadav b Malik 57

D. Conway not out 38

K. Williamson not out 0

EXTRAS (LB-6, W-3) 9

TOTAL (for one wicket, 18 overs) 104

DID NOT BAT: T. Latham, D. Mitchell, G. Phillips, A. Milne, M. Santner, M. Henry, T. Southee, L. Ferguson

FALL OF WICKETS: 1-97 (Allen)

BOWLING: Chahar 5-0-30-0, Singh 5-1-21-0 (1w), Malik 5-0-31-1 (2w), Sundar 3-0-16-0

RESULT: No result

Published in Dawn, December 1st, 2022

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