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There are always things to find out from great sides like India: Kane Williamson after series win

The India Print 2020-02-11 17:29:03

New Zealand continued their fine run in ODI cricket after beating India by 5 wickets within the final ODI of the 3-match series in Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.

The 3-0 whitewash India faced on Tuesday, is their first 3-0 series loss after the 2006/07 series against South Africa .

Kane Williamson, the Kiwi captain was quick to acknowledge the magnitude of the win.

"Team performed during a clinical way against an excellent side like India," Williamson, who made a return to playing XI after an injury setback, said.

"Outstanding performance, India put us struggling every game of this series and today, the primary half the way boys fought with the ball was brilliant. The cricket smarts was outstanding to ascertain and it's something that the boys did that well throughout the series," the Kiwi captain said reflecting on the win.

India took back to back wickets after a solid start by New Zealand openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls. the 2 batsmen stitched a 106-run partnership for the primary wicket and scored a half-century each, India were also successful in getting out Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor early and with this opened a window from where any team could win the match.

The stand-in captain within the first two matches, Tom Latham continued his good run within the series and with Colin de Grandhomme on the opposite end assured that the team crosses the road without much hicups.

"There are always things to find out from sides like India and it is a great start and that we are just building on these performances and searching forward to ODIs with Australia afterward . Like I said, an impressive effort against an excellent side like India," Williamson added about Kohli's men who should the fighting spirit altogether the three matches of the series but just did not convert the probabilities when it mattered the foremost .

Earlier within the day, India went downhill straightaway with a horrible start. Mayank Agarwal, Virat Kohli and Prithvi Shaw were all back in pavilion before the top of 13th over. Men in form KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer held the innings with a 100 run partnership first then Rahul joined hands with Manish Pandey with another 107-run partnership but the team still couldn't cross the 300 run mark.

A calm but visibly satisfied Kane Williamson hope to hold on the momentum within the Test seires, which matches underway on February 21.