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De Grandhomme onslaught drives New Zealand to series sweep over India
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De Grandhomme onslaught drives New Zealand to series sweep over India

Colin de Grandhomme bludgeoned a 28-ball 58 to help New Zealand avenge their T20I humiliation with a 3-0 win over India in the ODI series.

India's rare failure in the 50-over format is their first whitewash in a bilateral ODI series comprising of three or more matches since 1989 and the only time it has ever happened against New Zealand.

The tourists' hopes of triggering a New Zealand collapse in the latter half of their chase was ruined in the face of a batting carnage led by de Grandhomme.

The Black Caps all-rounder rode his luck with several mishits finding the boundary fence. He blasted six fours and three sixes during his breezy stay at the crease, taking center stage in the match-winning partnership alongside Tom Latham.

The horrors of New Zealand's T20I debacle threatened to strike the home side when Yuzvendra Chahal brought India back into the contest with a tight spell of bowling.

Chahal combined with spin partner Ravindra Jadeja to dry up the flow of runs as the duo shared four wickets between them.

Amidst their parsimonious spells, Shardul Thakur snaffled the scalp of top-scorer Henry Nicholls (80) to briefly lift India's spirits.

Earlier, Kiwi opener Martin Guptill starred in a terrific blitz from the get-go, making the most of the fielding restrictions in place by the Powerplay.

Guptill decimated the Indian bowlers, not allowing them to settle as the visitors' three-pronged pace attack travelled the distance.

Jasprit Bumrah had another forgettable evening with the ball, failing to pick a wicket for the third consecutive time this series.

For India, KL Rahul did remarkably well to rescue his side from trouble and advance to a respectable total of 296-7 in their 50 overs.

Coming into bat at No. 5, Rahul cushioned his team from further blows after the early departure of India skipper Virat Kohli by stroking an elegant 113-ball 112.

Kohli was dismissed off Hamish Bennett, who later added three more wickets to his tally to cap off an impressive display of bowling.

Rahul's herculean effort was complemented well by Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey, both of whom played second fiddle to his rollicking charge.

The focus now shifts to the two-Test series, the results of which will contribute to the World Test Championship.