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Brilliant centuries from skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill powered India to a 3-0 series win in New Zealand and climbed to the top of the one-day international rankings on Tuesday.

The hosts hammered the Kiwis by 90 runs in the third innings in Indore after Rohit (101) and Gill (112) put on 212 for the opening wicket to take the hosts to 385-9 in Indore.

In reply, Devon Conway’s 138 came in vain as India bowled out New Zealand for 295 in 41.2 overs for their second consecutive whitewash.

The win takes India to the top of the ODI rankings ahead of World Cup holders England and New Zealand who slipped from second to fourth behind Australia.

Qualification for the World Cup in India later in the year is not affected, however, as the Kiwis have already qualified.

But Rohit, who recorded his first ODI century since January 2020, and Gill notched the highest opening partnership by any team against the Kiwis in the 50-run format, surpassing Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir’s stand of 201 runs in 2009 year.

“In the last six games we have done most things right in ODIs,” said Rohit, whose team had whitewashed Sri Lanka in three matches before this.

“We are consistent in our approach with the bat and the ball.

Fast bowler Shardul Thakur was adjudged man of the match for his three wickets and crucial 25 runs that rattled the order.

“Shardul has been doing it for some time,” said Rohit. People call him the wizard of the team and he came and delivered.”

New Zealand’s bowlers hit back after the pair’s departure as India slumped to 293-5 before Hardik Pandya took charge, boosting the total with a 38-ball 54.

It started with Gill smashing Lockie Ferguson for four fours and a six in the 22-run eighth and Rohit joined the party with some big shots over the fence.

Gill registered his third 100-plus score in the last four ODI innings, taking off his helmet and enjoying a round of applause from the stands as he reached the milestone.

Michael Bracewell bowled Rohit and Blair Tickner brought back Gill in the next over and India soon lost regular wickets, despite a quick 36 from Virat Kohli.

Left-armer Ishan Kishan was run out after a mix-up with Kohli, who soon fell to Jacob Duffy.

Pandya put on 54 for the seventh wicket with Thakur.

Attention to the World Cup

In reply, New Zealand lost Finn Allen to the second delivery of their chase after Pandya dismissed the opener for no.

Conway held firm to add 106 for the second wicket with Henry Nicholls, who scored 42, and 78 for the third with Daryl Mitchell (24).

The left-handed Conway fought hard as the rails fell at the other end as he brought up his third ODI hundred with the 6-run leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.

Thakur ended New Zealand’s chase when he struck twice in successive deliveries, Mitchell caught behind and then captain Tom Latham caught at mid-on.

Conway, who smashed 12 fours and eight sixes in his 100-ball blitz, looked unstoppable until the terrific quick Umran Malik caught the batsman at mid-on.

Bracewell, who hit 26, and Mitchell Santner, who scored 34, tried to continue the fight, but Bracewell’s wicket off Kuldeep Yadav, who picked up three wickets, spelled the end for the Black Caps.

Latham, a wicketkeeper-batsman, said the experience will help them at the World Cup.

“It’s our last experience in India before the World Cup so the boys are exposed to these conditions in the three games and hopefully it will come in handy in October,” Latham said.

Both teams will now play three Twenty20 internationals starting Friday in Ranchi.

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