Mohammed Shami, who picked up three wickets and went on to win the Player of the Match Award, was the star performer in India’s win in the third ODI. @AFP

India hardly break any sweat as they beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third ODI at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Monday and clinched the five-match ODI series with two matches to spare. (AS IT HAPPENED: INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND, 3rd ODI)

Electing to bat, New Zealand were restricted to 243 as Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and comeback man Hardik Pandya scalped two wickets each. However, the star of India’s bowling show was once again Mohammed Shami who picked up three wickets and went on to win the Player of the Match Award. (READ MORE: On ODI comeback, Hardik Pandya underlines bowling value)

Shami set the tone for India after he dismissed Collin Munro in the second over of the match and then dismissed Ross Taylor, who was closing in on his hundred, and Ish Sodhi. (ALSO READ: The key numbers that highlight India being up 3-0 over New Zealand)

Talking about his performance in the match, Shami said, “It’s really difficult to bowl against the wind. One comes with the wind and the other is against the wind. It is difficult but not too hard.” (SCORECARD: INDIA vs NEW ZEALAND)

“Bhuvi at the other end was also a great help. Sticking to areas where we want to bowl is the key,” added the Indian pacer.

While Kuldeep Yadav is leading the chart of the leading wicket-takers in the five-match ODI series with eight wickets against his name, Shami is the second highest wicket-taker with 7 wickets against his name.