India vs New Zealand: KL Rahul becomes second wicket-keeper batsman after Rahul Dravid to score ODI century outside Asia
New Delhi | Jagran Sports Desk: Team India batsman KL Rahul on Tuesday slammed his fourth ODI century while facing New Zealand in the third match held at Bay Oval Mount Maunganui. His century in New Zealand helped the 25-year-old join former India captain and wicket-keeper batsman Rahul Dravid in the list of Indians scoring centuries outside Asia. It was also the first century for a number five batsman since 2017. The last century was scored by MS Dhoni (134) against England.
In his 113-ball innings, KL Rahul slammed 112 runs which comprised nine boundaries and a couple of sixes. He also shared a partnership of 100 runs with Shreyas Iyer (62) for the fourth wicket and 109 runs partnership with Manish Pandey (42) for the fifth wicket.
ODI 100s by WK for India outside Asia— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 11, 2020
Rahul Dravid 145 v SL Taunton 1999
KL Rahul 100* v NZ Mount Maunganui 2020#NZvIND
KL Rahul has been in magnificient form since he started playing at No.5 for India in ODI cricket.
Rahul has made three 80+ scores batting at No. 5 in four ODI innings this year.— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) February 11, 2020
There were no such scores by India No. 5 in three years prior to this.
The last 3 80+ scores by India No. 5 before Rahul:
Dhoni 134 v Eng, 2017
Dhoni 92* v SA, 2015
Raina 110* v Zim, 2015#NZvInd
In the match, Kiwis won the toss and sent India to bat first. The Men in Blue scored 296/7 in the stipulated 50 overs.
For Blackcaps, who have already clinched the series after winning the first two matches, Hamish Bennett ended up with 4/64 from ten overs to emerge as the most successful bowler.
The hosts made two changes. While captain Kane Williamson returned from injury, spinner Mitchell Santner came in for Tom Blundell. India made one change with Manish Pandey included ahead of Kedar Jadhav.
India lost three wickets for 27 runs in the death overs and could not reach 300 despite the middle-order flourish.
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