All-round India beat New Zealand by 7 wickets at Bay Oval to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
After opting to bat first, New Zealand lost their top order batsmen early. Ross Taylor (93) played a fighting knock with Tom Latham (51) as the duo scored a 119-run fourth-wicket partnership. However, lower down the order, New Zealand couldn’t make the most of this stand to lose wickets at regular intervals.
Hardik registered figures of 2/45 and took a stunning catch to remove Kiwi captain Kane Williamson after being drafted straight into the playing XI upon his return to the squad after being suspended for sexist comments on a TV show.
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma struck fifties for their 16th 100 hundred stand. Following their dismissal, Dinesh Karthik and Ambati Rayudu stepped up and scored in good flow to reach the 244 run target with 42 balls to spare.
With the series now sealed, India will be looking for a clean sweep and also give opportunity to the likes of potential Shubhman Gill and Khaleel Ahmed waiting in the bench.