India clinched the ODI series on the eve of Diwali as New Zealand collapsed like a pack of cards – from being in a comfortable position at 63/2, to getting all out for 79.
The win was India’s fourth largest in ODIs in terms of runs, as they beat the visitors by a humongous margin of 190-runs. Amit Mishra (5-18) wrapped up the New Zealand innings as he claimed a five-wicket-haul that earned him the Man-of-the-Match award. He was also named Man of the Series for picking up 15 wickets.
It was an emotional win as well, with the Indian team offering its Diwali wishes in the form of a win to the Indian Army soldiers, after the #Sandesh2Soldiers campaign was launched by Prime Minister Modi. It was also remarkable as it was one of those rare times when players display names of their mothers on their jerseys instead of their usual names. It was an initiative to offer respect to mothers all over the world under the campaign #NayiSoch.
As India won its major bilateral series in a time span of 2 years, we take a look at the top tweets from the match:
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) October 29, 2016
— ICC (@ICC) October 29, 2016
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) October 29, 2016
Skills has become the casualty as power & athleticism has advanced in cricket. Can't counter spin with power & fitness, you need skills.
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) October 29, 2016
Amit Mishra – The rise of the urban poor#IndvsNZ
— The Viral Fever (@TheViralFever) October 29, 2016
23.1 overs – is the lowest New Zealand have batted while losing all ten wickets in an ODI#IndvNZ
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) October 29, 2016
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) October 29, 2016
The five ducks in New Zealand innings today are the most for any side on the Indian soil, also the joint-most vs India in any ODI.#IndvsNZ
— Rajneesh Gupta (@rgcricket) October 29, 2016
Pace scares you, spin embarrasses you. That's exactly what has happened in Vizag. Spin to Win. #IndvNZ
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 29, 2016
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) October 29, 2016
Wonderful spell of leg-spin bowling from Amit Mishra. What a collapse ,last 8 wkts for 16 runs. Great Diwali gift.#INDvsNZ
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) October 29, 2016
Even Anaar bomb lasts longer than New
Zealand batsmen. #IndvNz
— Adarsh Singh (@sadarsh2304) October 29, 2016
Fewest runs for which NZ lost their last 8 wkts:
15 v Aus, Christchurch, 1990
16 v Ind, Vizag, 2016 *
28 v Pak, Port Elizabeth, 1994#INDvNZ
— Usman r (@PCB_Fever263) October 29, 2016
— Sabarna Chakraborty (@Sabarna_Twitt) October 29, 2016
— Abhishek Shekhawat (@abhi07cricket) October 29, 2016
— Shahid (@cricket_worm) October 29, 2016
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