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Mohammed Shami took three wickets as India not only beat New Zealand by three wickets in the third ODI, but also secured an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
Electing to bat first, New Zealand lost opener Colin Munro early on as he was caught by Rohit Sharma at slip off the bowling of Shami for seven runs.
Martin Guptill, who opened the batting with Munro, only mustered 13 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson managed to score 28 before he was caught by the returning Hardik Pandya off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.
Ross Taylor and Tom Latham stabilised the innings with a 119-run partnership, during which both batsmen brought up their half-centuries, before Latham was removed by Chahal for 51, which came off 64 balls and included a boundary and a six.
Henry Nicholls and Mitchell Santner fell soon after, while Taylor went on to score a 106-ball 93, which included nine boundaries, before he was caught behind off the bowling of Shami.
With Ish Sodhi, Doug Bracewell and Trent Boult falling in quick succession, New Zealand were bowled out for 243.
Shami was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Kumar, Chahal and Pandya chipped in with two wickets apiece.
Chasing 244 to win, India lost Shikhar Dhawan in the ninth over as he was caught by Taylor at first slip off the bowling of Boult for 28.
Rohit and India captain Virat Kohli made up for the loss of Dhawan with a 113-run partnership, during which both batsmen registered their fifties, before Rohit was stumped by Latham off the bowling of Santner for 62, which came off 77 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes.
Kohli ended up making 60, which came off 74 deliveries and included six boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Nicholls at extra cover off the bowling of Boult.
However, that was to be New Zealand’s last taste of success as Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik finished things off with an unbeaten 77-run partnership.
Rayudu ended up making 40, which came off 42 balls and included five boundaries and a six, while Karthik also struck five boundaries and a six during his 38-ball 38.
Boult was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Santner claimed one.
Shami was named Man of the Match.