India captain Virat Kohli. @ AFP

India sealed a historic series win against New Zealand in dominating style after crushing the hosts by seven wickets in the third ODI at Mount Maunganui on Monday to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series. (ALSO READ: India take series with seven-wicket win)

It was a complete team effort after the bowlers shot down New Zealand out for 243 in 49 overs. Mohammed Shami, the Man of the Match, was the pick of the bowlers with three for 41 in his nine overs. Allrounder Hardik Pandya (2/45 in 10 overs) made his presence felt with the ball and on the field after picking up a stunning catch at midwicket to see the end of Black Caps captain Kane Williamson (28).

“Amazing. Three clinical games for us. Couldn’t have asked for a better performance after the first two clinical games. The relentlessness of the side is something that really pleases me. We really enjoy ourselves and the guys believe in their skills and they are showing it on the field. When a guy doesn’t get runs in a couple of games, the opposition still feels that he’s going to fire,” India captain Virat Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (ALSO READ: India are a very good side and they are teaching us a lesson: Kane Williamson)

India’s chase was a cakewalk with Kohli (60 off 74 balls) and Rohit Sharma (62 off 77 balls) putting on 113 runs for the second wicket as the tourists sealed the match in 43 overs.

The win marks the end of Kohli’s tour of New Zealand. He has been rested for the remaining two ODIs and the following three-match Twenty20 International series in keeping with the BCCI’s workload management programme ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019. Rohit will lead the side in Kohli’s absence.

“I haven’t had a break for a long time. It’s been hectic. I can relax and enjoy my break. Someday someone has to take your place and that’s how it goes,” he said. (ALSO READ: Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key, says Mohammed Shami)

With India sealing the series, chances are that young Shubman Gill, who was included in the squad on the back of a phenomenal Ranji Trophy 2018-19 season, might see him make an ODI debut. The 19-year-old willow wielder was named Player of the Tournament in New Zealand during India’s successful ICC U-19 World Cup campaign last year.

“Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even ten percent of that when I was 19,” Kohli said of his younger team-mate.