After Wednesday’s third One Day International (ODI) ended in yet another tie, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand defeated Shikhar Dhawan’s Team India to win the series. Due to the ongoing rain in New Zealand, the second and third One-Day Internationals of the three-match series was called off. Following the cancellation of the third game at Christchurch’s Hagley Oval, Williamson-led New Zealand ultimately won the series 1-0 with a 7-wicket victory in the first one-day international.

In the absence of several seasoned competitors, India was defeated 1-0 in the series by Williamson-led New Zealand. The Dhawan-led team was without the services of veteran all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, pace ace Jasprit Bumrah, vice-captain KL Rahul, former captain Virat Kohli, and skipper Rohit Sharma. It is anticipated that veteran players Kohli, Rohit, and Kohli will play in India’s upcoming series against Bangladesh. Stand-in skipper Dhawan provided an intriguing analysis of India’s performance in the ODI series after rain caused havoc in Christchurch.

“Hopefully the weather will be better in Bangladesh when I travel there. We are a new group. The bowling team gained more knowledge about bowling in the good length zone. We sometimes fell short. All of the seniors will rejoin the team. A more practical route to the World Cup for us is more Asian wickets. It’s crucial to get the little things right, such as using the proper lengths for bowlers and batters when batting close to the body in these conditions, Dhawan said after the series finale in Christchurch was called off on Wednesday.

In their opening innings of the third ODI on Wednesday, Dhawan’s Team India scored 219 runs off 47.3 overs. Before Shreyas Iyer (49) and Washington Sundar (51) led India to a modest total, captain Shikhar Dhawan scored 28 off 45 balls. As a response, New Zealand was 104-1 in 18 overs when the rain gods arrived in Christchurch. The third ODI was marred by rain, and the hosts failed to bat for at least 20 overs, leaving no score.