India have recorded back-to-back ODI series sweeps at home. India had blanked Sri Lanka before registering a 3-0 sweep against the Black Caps.
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India have dislodged England, who became the number one ranked team just three days ago after New Zealand’s loss to India in the second ODI, to become the number one ODI team .
Winning the bilateral ODI series at home has become more than just a habit for the Men in Blue. Incredibly, since 2009, in 27 bilateral home series played by India, the team has won 24 and lost only 3.
Shubman GillThe purple spot of continued with the Indian fly-half slamming yet another century, second in the series. Gill (112 of 78) scored his fourth ODI cent to propel India to a mammoth 385/9.
Rohit Sharma (101) also ended his three-year drought by breaking his 30th ODI tonne which pits him alongside former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting, who also has the same number of centuries in 375 games.
In response, the New Zealand First Order put on a much better show. Devon Conway (138) have forged crucial partnerships but Shardul Thakur (3/45) and Kuldeep Yadav (3/62) consistently beat the Black Caps for 295 in 41.2 overs.
England are now behind India, with New Zealand slipping to fourth place. The three teams were tied on 113 points heading into Tuesday’s game, with their points in total making up the deciding differential.
India now have 114 ranking points ahead of England’s 113, while Australia move into third place with 112 ranking points.
But England will have a chance to retain top spot if they manage to win their next ODI series against South Africa 3-0.