New Zealand beat India 3-0 in ODI series. (Source: Instagram)

India were once again outplayed by New Zealand in the third and final ODI of the series by 5 wickets to complete a 3-0 whitewash win.

The Indian bowlers once again let the team down after failing to defend a total of 297. Batting first, India rode on KL Rahul’s ton to put 296/7 on the board in 50 overs.

Apart from Rahul, opener Prithvi Shaw, Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer showed some character. Shaw chipped in with a 42-ball 40 before getting a runout while Iyer scored 62.

Pandey scored a fighting 42 before getting out to Benett. For New Zealand, it was Benett who scalped a four-for but was a bit expensive too as he gave away 64 runs in 10 overs.

New Zealand had a brilliant start to the chase after Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls put 106 on the scoresheet. Guptill was then undone by Yuzvendra Chahal for 66 while Nicholls scored 80. The Kiwis then lost wickets at regular intervals before Colin de Grandhomme hammered the Indian bowling line up all around the park.

De Grandhomme smacked 58* off just 28 balls that included six fours and three maximums to take his team over the line in the 48th over.

Shardul Thakur who has been facing criticism for his bowling once again gave away 87 runs in just 9.1 overs.