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Update New Zealand inflict India's first whitewash in 31 years

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New Zealand were domineering throughout, at an extent that Jasprit Bumrah looked clueless even with his awkward angles while Virat Kohli slumped to his first low in five years. And even stood well ahead of their Indian counterparts in all the departments. The openers got them off to a flier in all the three matches while India lost quick wickets at the top. The No.3 provided solidarity while Kohli struggled to manage only 75 runs in the series. The only thing that stood common for both was the middle-order lineup. While for New Zealand it was a medium of carrying the strong momentum provided by the top-order batters, for India, they had to heavily depend on KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer for the bulk of runs. And in the bowling, unlike for most of India's opponents, New Zealand pacers fared better while the likes of Bumrah, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini struggled to pick wickets.

On Tuesday, the differences were largely visible. After Rahul's maiden century at No.5 and a century stand alongside Iyer, India managed 296 for 7. In reply, Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill raced to a century opening stand in the absence of Thakur with the new ball and capitalising on Saini being off-colour at the Bay Oval. Yuzvendra Chahal kept India in the game with wickets of Guptill and Kane Williamson, but Nicholls marshalled along. India once against bounced back with quick dismissals of the opener and an in-form Ross Taylor, but calm and composed Colin de Grandhomme managed quick runs to get New Zealand past the target with 17 deliveries to spare.

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