Jasprit Bumrah was named Player of the Match and Players of the Series © AFP
Jasprit Bumrah was named Player of the Match and Players of the Series © AFP

India and New Zealand dished out another thrilling finale. From choking batsmen with shrewd bowling to taking stunners, Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram — India’s 50th venue — witnessed a cracker of a contest. After the game was reduced to 8 overs per side, the bowlers rose to the challenge and squeezed the life out of the batsmen.

This was India’s first T20I series win against New Zealand. This and other top episodes from the third T20I:

Southee off-cut India short

Trent Boult started off with his threatening banana out-swinger. The ball was new, and the track had enough pace and bounce. Tim Southee, however, took the pace off the ball. It gripped the surface, making difficult for the Indian openers to judge the bounce. An impatient Shikhar Dhawan top-edged eventually. His partner Rohit Sharma followed him in the pavilion the next ball.

Santner catches Indian openers

Santner had dropped Dhawan in the series opener. It was a regulation catch, and Dhawan had punished them with 80 runs. This time, however, Santner managed a blinder. Standing at the same position, Santner ran behind and executed a timely jump. Rohit, too, decided to challenge Santner. The outcome was the same.

Sodhi spins India

Virat Kohli hit a four and a six off Ish Sodhi’s first two deliveries. He tried to emulate the same later in the over but could get enough elevation. Sodhi soon outfoxed Shreyas Iyer, luring him to go over long-off.

Rohit takes a blinder

Kohli could not believe it when Rohit Sharma ran behind from mid-on and took an absolute ripper of a catch. Above all the dangerous Colin Munro was back in the pavilion.

The chess man

There was a slip, short third-man, backward-point and deep-cover for Yuzvendra Chahal. He hurled outside off-stump and then hurled more, until he choked New Zealand. He ended with figures of 2-0-8-0.

Booooomrah!

Jasprit Bumrah ended with 2 for 9. He started off with his back-of-length away-swingers. He then tried off-cutters. There was an odd yorker as well. There was no way New Zealand could have rose above him. He was rightly awarded Player of the Match as well as Player of the series.