India beat New Zealand by 6 runs, clinch ODI series

Dinesh Karthik's unbeaten 64 eases India to victory in Pune

He surpassed the record set by South Africa's AB de Villiers, who had scored 9,000 runs in 205 ODI innings. For the Indians, it was an optional practice session and captain Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya were among the five team members who made a decision to skip practice.

Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah helped India pull off a thrilling six-run win over New Zealand in the third and final one-day worldwide and clinch the series 2-1 on Sunday.

The series is now level at 1-1, with the New Zealand taking lead in the initial match and the hosts levelling things in the second. The first of the three wickets picked by Bumrah in the 3rd ODI was Martin Guptill; his 50th wicket in this format.

Talking about his role in the team's stellar performance, Kohli said, "My aim is for the team to win the game and the series, and if I personally do well, then it's an added bonus".




Earlier sparkling centuries by opening batsman Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli steered India to 337-6 after being put in to bat.

The latter was particularly belligerent against the right-arm medium pacer as he welcomed Kumar with a six and three boundaries in the very first over of New Zealand's innings. That helped. My head was falling a bit and wasn't coming into the line of the ball. "Every hundred is special, but what I was working on came off well, and that's why I am happy. It is a great opportunity for us and we want to enjoy it out there", Williamson said.

"Losing from this close is frustrating, but there are good signs", Williamson sounded positive.

"Can there be a better team activity than playing different games on an off day? India played better cricket, and they deserve the win", Williamson remarked.

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