have become number one in the ICC ODI rankings by whitewashing New Zealand
on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma
's team defeated New Zealand by 90 runs in the third and final ODI in Indore. It has improved India's ranking.
After a great fight in the first match, New Zealand could not stand in Raipur in the second ODI. They were all out for just 108 runs and lost by 8 wickets. And in the third ODI, despite showing hope of fighting, the visitors lost by a big margin 90 runs in the end.
After being sent to bat first, Rohit Sharma (101) and Shubman Gill (112) made 212 runs in the excellent opening pair. Later, Hardik Pandya (54) and Shardul Thakur
(25) increased the team's runs. In the end, the hosts lost 9 wickets and made a big score of 385 runs. Jacob Duffy and Blair Tickner took three wickets each for the Kiwis.
Chasing a big target, New Zealand lost opener Finn Allen before opening the run book. Allen was bowled on the second ball of Hardik. After that, Devon Conway
and Henry Nicholls put on a fight and made a 106-run partnership. However, Kuldeep Yadav
broke the partnership dismissing Nicholls (42).
Then, Conway along with Daryl Mitchell made another good partnership of 78 runs. But Shardul gave New Zealand a shock with two consecutive wickets of Mitchell (24) and Tom Latham (0). Conway showed resistance at one end. But no one was able to give him proper support. Glenn Phillips was also dimissed after scoring just 5 runs.
Conway picked up his century and scored 138 runs off 100 balls before being dismissed by Umran Malik. After that, it was just a formality for India. In the end, the Kiwis' innings ended at 295 runs with 8.4 overs left. Shardul and Kuldeep got three wickets each.
With the victory, India have overtaken England
in the ODI rankings, who rose to the top three days ago. Currently, the English are in second position. And with a whitewash, New Zealand have dropped to four.
Before Tuesday's game, England-New Zealand-India were in the top three with 113 points. But now India are on top with 114 rating points. England ranked second with 113 points and Australia
ranked third with 112 rating points. New Zealand's rating point has dropped to 111.
It should be noted that New Zealand will regain the top spot only if England whitewash South Africa
in the upcoming three-match ODI series.