India become third team to win bilateral series in New Zealand

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New Delhi: After winning the ODI series with a lead of 4-1, India became the third team to clinch a bilateral series in New Zealand.

Before India, Australia and Sri Lanka had clinched a bilateral series by such a margin. Australia defeated New Zealand 4-1 in 1999/2000 while Sri Lanka defeated New Zealand 4-1 in 2000/2001.

Ambati Rayudu helped India to win the fifth and final One-day International against New Zealand in Wellington on Sunday.

After losing four quick wickets for just 18 runs, Rayudu (90), Shankar (45) and Kedar Jadhav (34) stabilised the Indian innings. Pandya made a quickfire 45 in 22 balls towards the end to post a decent score of 252.

Chasing 252 runs, New Zealand were dismissed for 217.

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