Last Wicket: Suryakumar Yadav c Glenn Phillips b Ish Sodhi 13 (10) - 60/4 in 6.3 Over
Right then, that is it from the game. The rain gods interrupt and the game ends with a tie. India have won the series by 1-0 and skipper Hardik Pandya picks up the T20I series trophy. We will be back with more cricketing action as both sides will face each other in a three-match ODI series starting on 25th November at 7.00 am IST (1.30 am GMT). Do join us early for the build-up as well. Till then, take care and goodbye.
India's captain, Hardik Pandya says that they would have liked to win the game but it is how it is, and is happy. Adds that he felt that offense is the defense on this wicket and the opposition had bowlers with great skills so he wanted to put them under pressure. Says that a game like this would have been a good test for their middle order but it wasn't meant to be. Ends by saying that he will now fly home, relax and watch the upcoming ODI series.
Tim Southee, the skipper of New Zealand says that it was a disappointing display with the bat and they had a talk about taking some early wickets in the game. Adds that they knew if they could take some early wickets anything could happen but unfortunately the weather came in. Further says that if both sides would have batted it would have been an interesting game. Ends by saying that they did well overall in this game under pressure and it would be nice to play some ODI cricket against a quality side like India.
Suryakumar Yadav is the Player of the Series for his scintillating batting display. He says that he is really happy with how things went and would have loved to have a full game here but it happens. Adds that the pressure is always there and he enjoys batting under pressure and looked to just express himself out in the middle. Mentions that the intent and approach will remain the same in the ODIs as well. Says that all they can do is go out and play fearlessly but the weather isn't under their control.
Mohammed Siraj (4-0-17-4) is the Player of the Match. He says that the pitch was not easy as he was prepared to bowl the hard lengths. Adds that he executed his plan well and kept it simple. Further says that he kept on bowling the hard lengths and it went well. Ends by saying that the weather is not in their hands but he is happy with the series win.
The presentation ceremony...
After opting to bat first, New Zealand had a mixed Powerplay with some good shots and a few wickets falling as well. Then came a big partnership between Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway with both batters taking on the Indian bowlers at will. It looked like the Kiwis would post a score in excess of 180 runs but then came the comeback by the Indian pacers. It was Mohammed Siraj who broke the stand and then he and Arshdeep Singh just ripped through the line-up. New Zealand managed to get to a par score and did bowl well during the chase. With the game hanging on a knife's edge, the rain played spoilsport and remarkably India ended up matching the DLS par score, making it a tie to end the T20I series.
India ended well with the ball and had a bit of momentum coming into the chase. Both Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant played attacking shots but after a couple of good shots, both of them fell cheaply. Shreyas Iyer fell first ball but then came the counter-attack from Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya. Just when things looked under control, SKY was dismissed and the scoring rate decreased. On the last delivery of the 9th over, a misfield from Mitchell Santner allowed Deepak Hooda a single that Pandya wasn't even keen on taking. That single turned out to be the run that sealed the series for India.
New Zealand needed early wickets and they got just that inside the Powerplay as stand-in skipper Tim Southee went bang, bang with the ball. There were however a couple of costly overs which kept the visitors close to the DLS par score. After the Powerplay, the Kiwi bowlers found it difficult to curtail the runs but once Ish Sodhi got rid of Suryakumar Yadav, New Zealand had new hope. In the end, it wasn't enough and the hosts were undone by the rain.
The umpires have a look and the inevitable has happened! The game has been called off due to the rain and this match will end as a tie. As a result, India win the three-match T20I series 1-0. The Kiwi players look dejected and in a game of fine margins, a slight fumble on the final delivery before the play stopped for the last time has cost them levelling the series.
UPDATE 3.47 pm IST (10.17 am GMT) - It has stopped raining now. The umpires are out in the middle to inspect the outfield. Stay tuned for further updates.
UPDATE 3.23 pm IST (9.53 am GMT) - Oh, no! The rain is back and the groundstaff is rushing to the middle as the players go off. The DLS par score is 75 and India are on par with it and if there is no further play, it will be a tie. The rain is pretty strong at the moment. Stick around for further updates.
Ish Sodhi to Deepak Hooda, 1 run, Flatter and on off, Deepak Hooda guides it to cover-point where Mitchell Santner fumbles and allows a run. A single to end the over.
Ish Sodhi to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Fuller one, on off. Hardik Pandya knocks it to extra covers for one again.
Ish Sodhi to Deepak Hooda, 1 run, This one lands outside off, Deepak Hooda guides it to point for one more.
Ish Sodhi to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Slightly shorter and down leg, Hardik Pandya works it to mid-wicket for one.
Ish Sodhi to Deepak Hooda, 1 run, Fuller and on off, Deepak Hooda taps it to covers for one.
Ish Sodhi to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Flatter and on off, Hardik Pandya drives it towards covers. The fielder gets a hand to it and makes a good stop. They cross.
Mitchell Santner to Deepak Hooda, no run, Play and a miss. Fuller and outside off, Deepak Hooda looks to drive it but misses.
Mitchell Santner to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Bowls it on leg, Hardik Pandya taps it to short mid-wicket for one.
Mitchell Santner to Deepak Hooda, 1 run, Slightly shorter and on off, Deepak Hooda slaps it towards point for one again.
Mitchell Santner to Deepak Hooda, 2 runs, Outside off this time, Deepak Hooda slaps it towards deep point for a brace.
Mitchell Santner to Deepak Hooda, no run, This one lands just outside leg, Deepak Hooda looks to play at it but misses. Close!
Mitchell Santner to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Fuller one around off, Hardik Pandya flicks it to mid-wicket for one.
Ish Sodhi to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Fuller one this time, Hardik Pandya guides it to point for one. Excellent over from Ish Sodhi.
Ish Sodhi to Deepak Hooda, 1 run, Slightly shorter and on off, Deepak Hooda knocks it towards long on for one.
Ish Sodhi to Deepak Hooda, 2 runs, Fuller and on off, Deepak Hooda slaps it towards deep point for a brace.
Deepak Hooda is the new man in.
Ish Sodhi to Suryakumar Yadav, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Ish Sodhi gets the big fish for New Zealand. Slightly shorter and on off, quicker too. Suryakumar Yadav hangs back to flick it but doesn't connect well. The ball goes in the air towards deep square leg. Glenn Phillips adjusts accordingly and takes a dolly.
Ish Sodhi to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Fuller and on off, Hardik Pandya flicks it to square leg for one again.
Ish Sodhi to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, Goes fuller and on leg, Suryakumar Yadav works it towards mid-wicket for one.
Ish Sodhi comes into the attack now.
Lockie Ferguson to Hardik Pandya, no run, Back of a length angling it into the batter, Hardik Pandya defends it towards the on side.
Lockie Ferguson to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, On a length and outside leg, Suryakumar Yadav flicks it towards fine leg for one.
Lockie Ferguson to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, Slightly shorter and on leg, Suryakumar Yadav defends it to point. Dot.
Lockie Ferguson to Suryakumar Yadav, SIX, SIX! Excellent timing. Fuller one on off, Suryakumar Yadav lofts it with pure timing and over deep extra covers for a maximum!
Lockie Ferguson to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, This one lands outside off as well, Hardik Pandya guides it to third man for one.
Lockie Ferguson to Hardik Pandya, no run, On a length and just outside off, Hardik Pandya looks to drive it but misses. No appeal from the Kiwis but UltraEdge shows that there was an edge on it. A huge opportunity missed then.
Lockie Ferguson comes into the attack.
Tim Southee to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, Fullish length around off, Yadav plays it with soft hands towards point.
Tim Southee to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, Southee goes full and bowls it around off, Suryakumar Yadav pushes it out towards mid off.
Tim Southee to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Good length around middle, Pandya pushes it out towards mid on for a quick single and the 50 is up for India.
Tim Southee to Hardik Pandya, SIX, SIX! BOOM! What a start this is to the run chase! A bouncer from Southee, over middle and leg. Hardik Pandya gets on top of the bounce and just muscles it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
Tim Southee to Hardik Pandya, no run, Around the top of off, Pandya solidly defends it out.
Tim Southee to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, FOUR! Forced away. Good length around off, Pandya somehow manages to punch it off the back foot and beats the man at mid off to collect yet another boundary.
Adam Milne to Hardik Pandya, 3 runs, Full and at the pads, flicked away in front of square on the leg side for three runs.
Adam Milne to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, FOUR! Just short again! Pitched up on middle, Hardik Pandya goes drives it uppishly to the left of the diving fielder at mid on. The ball trickles away into the fence and Adam Milne cannot believe his luck at the moment.
Adam Milne to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, FOUR! Adam Milne finding the edge with regularity and the ball keeps on following Ish Sodhi. Short and over the stumps, Hardik Pandya gets cramped for room and ends up top=edging it towards third man. Sodhi is slow to react and can't even stop the ball after the bounce.
Adam Milne to Suryakumar Yadav, 1 run, Another edge. Full and outside off, Suryakumar Yadav looks to swing across the line but gets a thick outside edge. The ball goes on the bounce to third mand and they get a single.
Adam Milne to Suryakumar Yadav, no run, Almost! Adam Milne serves a shortish ball now at the body. Yadav gets cramped for room and the ball lobs up off the inside edge around short leg. Milne tries his best to get there but fails to do so.
Adam Milne to Suryakumar Yadav, FOUR, FOUR! Suryakumar Yadav has been watching wickets fall at the other end but the first delivery he faces, he creams it. Full and outside off, this is driven square of the wicket through cover-point for a boundary.
Tim Southee to Hardik Pandya, no run, Pitches it up now, full and outside off, Pandya hits it towards mid off.
Tim Southee to Hardik Pandya, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Banged in short now over leg stump but it is a bit too short for the umpire's liking.
Tim Southee to Hardik Pandya, wide, 1 run, WIDE! Fullish length, down the leg and a wide is called.
Hardik Pandya is the new batter.
Tim Southee to Shreyas Iyer, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Two in two for Tim Southee and Shreyas Iyer departs for a golden duck. Southee keeps it short and bowls it on a right line around off. Iyer's struggle with the short ball continues as he hops and looks to just guide it from too close to his body. Iyer ends up just pushing it to the right of first slip where James Neesham takes a sharp catch. Southee is now on a hat-trick.
Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Ish Sodhi redeems himself with an excellent grab and similarly to Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant too throws his wicket away. Tim Southee bangs this one in short and outside off. Pant backs away and tries to cut it over the point fence. The ball takes the top edge and flies down to third man. Sodhi comes in and dives forward to complete the catch. India lose two early wickets and New Zealand are right on top here.
Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, FOUR, FOUR! Ish Sodhi is left embarrassed as Rishabh Pant [ppicks up yet another boundary. Full and wide, Pant advances and slices it over backward point. Sodhi runs to his left and overruns the ball, allowing the boundary.
Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, FOUR, FOUR! Full and around off, Pant punches it off the front foot and finds the gap through covers to pick up a boundary.
Tim Southee to Rishabh Pant, no run, Top delivery! On a nagging length and close to the off pole. Rishabh Pant looks to defend but the ball just nips back in and beats the bat.
Suryakumar Yadav walks in.
Adam Milne to Ishan Kishan, out, OUT! TAKEN! Adam Milne has his man and Ishan Kishan has thrown his wicket away. Just short of a length and this is pushed well outside off. Kishan is adamant to keep pulling and tries to drag it over the mid-wicket fence. Kishan is unable to control the shot and ends up hitting it high and towards deep mid-wicket. Mark Chapman takes an assured catch on the edge of the boundary and Milne is delighted.
Adam Milne to Ishan Kishan, no run, Good length, around the top of off and Kishan yet again attempts to pull. This time Kishan misses and gets hit on the thigh pad.
Adam Milne to Ishan Kishan, FOUR, FOUR! Ishan Kishan comes back stronger after getting hit and hammers it away. Short of a length and on leg stump, Kishan pulls it away through square leg for a boundary.
Ishan Kishan gets hit on the shoulder while trying to play a pull shot. The physio is out in the middle with the magic spray.
Adam Milne to Ishan Kishan, no run, Ouch, that must have hurt! Banged in short and over leg stump, at almost 141 clicks. Ishan Kishan takes his eyes off the ball as he looks to pull and the ball hits him flush on the shoulder. Hope he is fine.
Adam Milne to Ishan Kishan, no run, Full and around off, this is driven with good timing but straight towards cover.
Adam Milne to Rishabh Pant, 3 runs, Lovely timing! Milne starts off with a fullish delivery around off, Rishabh Pant plays a glorious drive through extra cover. The ball slows down though and Tim Southee does well to just pull it back inside. The replays show that the ball might have just hit his hand when he was in contact with the ropes. After many, many replays it is deemed as three runs and not a boundary.
Adam Milne to bowl from the other end.
Tim Southee to Ishan Kishan, no run, Swing and a miss! Fuller again and close to the off pole. Ishan Kishan looks to cover drive but is beaten all ends up. 6 runs off the first over then.
Tim Southee to Ishan Kishan, no run, Nicely bowled. Fullish length, in that channel around off and the angle just takes the ball away from the left-hander, beating the outside edge of Kishan's bat.
Tim Southee to Ishan Kishan, SIX, SIX! Ishan Kishan opens his account with a bang! This is short and wide, Kishan is onto it early as he uppercuts this one over the cover fence for a maximum. India are up and running now.
Tim Southee to Ishan Kishan, no run, Pitches it up now on off stump, this is punched on the up towards mid off.
Tim Southee to Ishan Kishan, no run, Play and a miss! On a length and outside off, the ball just holds its line and Kishan goes after it with hard hands. Kishan gets beaten past the outside edge.
Tim Southee to Ishan Kishan, no run, Tim Southee starts off with a full and wide one. Ishan Kishan reaches out and drives it straight to the man at cover-point.