Last Wicket: Daryl Mitchell c Shivam Mavi b Umran Malik 35 (25) - 66/10 in 12.1 Over
Right then, that is is from this exciting series. The trophy is handed over to Hardik Pandya and the Indian team are posing for some pictures now. However, the cricket action continues for these two teams as we will see India next in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The first Test will start on 9th February at 9.30 am IST (4 pm GMT). For New Zealand, their next commitment will be a two-match Test series against England. The first Test will be played on 16th February from 6.30 am IST (1 pm GMT). Well, just so you don't forget you can join us early for the build-up of both these matches. See you then, take care and goodbye!
Hardik Pandya, the victorious skipper is also named the Player of the Series for his all-round show throughout. He starts by saying that he doesn't mind winning the Man of the Series. Adds that the real winners are the backroom staff and says that he has won it for them. Informs he always try to read the stuations and react accordingly. States that they have spoken about taking the challenges. Mentions they try to treat these decider games just like a normal match which might help them to perform under pressure in the coming future.
Without a doubt, it is Shubman Gill who wins the Man of the Match award. He says that it feels good when you practice and it pays off. Adds that he was backing himself to score big, but it did not happen in the Sri Lankan series and first two games in this series, but he is happy with his innings here. Mentions that before the match Hardik Pandya told him to play his game and different players have different techniques in hitting sixes. Ends by saying there is no fatigue and he is happy to play in all three formats.
Mitchell Santner, the skipper of New Zealand is in for a chat. He says that yes it was kind of disappointed but credit to India they played exceptionally well so far. Also says that Gill is in good nick and it is incredible to watch. Mentions they lost a lot of wickets in three or four overs which took the game away from them. Adds that they saw some pretty good wickets during the ODI series so if the wicket remains similar for the World Cup then it will surely be a tasty contest.
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Rahul Tripathi is in for a quick chat. He says that he was just looking to keep it simple and did not try to change his style. Adds that he would have liked to get some more runs, but says that at that moment they needed to use the Powerplay. Mentions that is a responsibility playing for India, but he has that freedom of playing his game and adapt according to the situation. Ends by saying that it was amazing to play in front of so many fans and is happy that they won the series
Earlier in the innings, Hardik Pandya opted to bat first after winning the toss and informed that they would like to put a huge total on the board. Well, they did just that thanks to the scintillating knock of Shubman Gill, who score his maiden ton in T20Is. Rahul Tripathi got the innings back on track after the loss of Kishan early on, which really allowed Gill to shift gear in the latter part of the innings. Eventually, it proved out to be way to much for the Kiwis, as India won the game by 168r uns.
India might've thought that they already have one hand on the trophy as they set-up a humongous target. Their bowlers though did not take a seat back but rather bowled with fire. It was the skipper, Hardik Pandya who lead the side from the front, as he drew first blood in the very first over. Arshdeep Singh shared the new ball with the skipper and struck twice. The Indian bowlers then kept of taking wickets for fun and took advantage of the scoreboard pressure on the Kiwis. Hardik Pandya was the star with his four-fer. Shivam Mavi also impressed in his short spell. He and Umran Malik returned with a brace as well.
Chasing 235 runs was never going to be easy but India made it even worse for the visitors. The Kiwis were under the pump right from the get go. Only Daryl Mitchell stood out in this dismal innings of his side. No other batter was even able to find their groove here and they ended up recording their third ever lowest total in T20Is. This young Kiwis side has a lot to work on and they will surely take the learning back from this enthralling series.
What a thrilling match! The Indian fans were made to celebrate in almost every over here as they kept on taking wickets. In the end, India dominate a series-decider at home and will keep their hands on the trophy here. The Kiwis could not put their game face on and got bundled out for just 66 runs.
Umran Malik to Daryl Mitchell, out, OUT! TAKEN! It is all over for New Zealand! They have been bowled out for just 66 runs! Umran Malik bangs this short and on middle, Daryl Mitchell stays there and goes for the pull shot, but gets hurried and mistimes it in the air towards deep mid-wicket where Shivam Mavi runs forward, loses the sight of the ball, but in the end takes a brilliant diving catch. INDIA WIN BY 168 RUNS & TAKE THE SERIES 2-1!
Hardik Pandya to Benjamin Lister, no run, Short of a length and on middle, Benjamin Lister defends it down the pitch.
Benjamin Lister is the last man in for New Zealand.
Hardik Pandya to Blair Tickner, out, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Hardik Pandya gets another wicket in his kitty. This time a pace-up delivery, short one, into the body. Blair Tickner lifts his front leg and tries to flick it away but only gets a top-edge on it. The ball lobs in front of the keeper. Ishan Kishan runs in and takes an easy catch.
Hardik Pandya to Blair Tickner, no run, Hardik Pandya now pulls his pace back and serves a bouncer, outside off. Blair Tickner tries to go after it but misses.
Hardik Pandya to Blair Tickner, no run, A full toss, on the body, Blair Tickner nudges it to short mid-wicket.
Hardik Pandya to Blair Tickner, no run, Blair Tickner stays back and blocks this length ball.
Hardik Pandya to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, Length and on leg. Daryl Mitchell tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.
Shivam Mavi to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, A low full toss, outside off. Daryl Mitchell slices it to sweeper cover. They take a single.
Shivam Mavi to Daryl Mitchell, no run, Fraction short, outside off. Daryl Mitchell tries to slap it away but gets it back to the bowler off the inner half.
Shivam Mavi to Daryl Mitchell, no run, Shivam Mavi fires in a yorker, on off. Daryl Mitchell drives it to the left of the bowler. Shivam Mavi stops it with his left foot.
Shivam Mavi to Daryl Mitchell, 2 runs, On a length, around off. Daryl Mitchell tries to go downtown once again, but does not time it well this time. Fortunately it falls in no man's land. Two taken.
Shivam Mavi to Daryl Mitchell, SIX, SIX! All the way! It is a good-length ball, on off. Daryl Mitchell stands tall and smokes it over the bowler's head for a biggie.
Shivam Mavi to Daryl Mitchell, no run, A bit fuller, outside off, moving away a touch. Daryl Mitchell tries to chase it but misses.
Hardik Pandya to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, Short and on off, Daryl Mitchell pulls it towards deep square leg for one more.
Hardik Pandya to Blair Tickner, 1 run, Full and on off, Blair Tickner drives it through cover-point for one.
Drinks break! Well, there is not much to say here. India are on the cusp of a series win here. They have been lethal with the ball so far and haven't let the Kiwis off the hook. So, it is Blair Tickner who joins Daryl Mitchell at the crease. The Kiwis would like to eat up as many balls as possible to delay the victory for India.
Hardik Pandya to Lockie Ferguson, out, OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! Hardik Pandya gets his thrid wicket! He serves this full and on off, Lockie Ferguson clears his front leg and goes for the slog, but he loses his grip as he connects with the ball and hits it with the bottom half uppishly towards mid on. Umran Malik there take a good catch. This is turning out to be embarassing for the Kiwis.
Hardik Pandya to Lockie Ferguson, no run, Full and on off, Lockie Ferguson drives it straight to covers.
Hardik Pandya to Lockie Ferguson, no run, Back of a length and outside off, Lockie Ferguson looks to cut it away, but fails to connect.
Hardik Pandya to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, Short and on middle, Daryl Mitchell pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.
Shivam Mavi to Lockie Ferguson, no run, A dot to end the over! Shivam Mavi bangs in a bouncer, on off, Lockie Ferguson looks to pull it away, but misses.
Lockie Ferguson comes in at number 9.
Shivam Mavi to Ish Sodhi, out, OUT! IN THE AIR AND GONE! Two wickets in the over for Shivam Mavi! He bowls this back of a length and around off, Ish Sodhi makes room to push it away, but does so uppishly towards point. Rahul Tripathi here moves to his right and pouches it safely before rolling over on the ground. New Zealand lose their seventh wicket.
Shivam Mavi to Ish Sodhi, no run, Shivam Mavi greets Sodhi with a short delivery around off, Ish Sodhi leaves it alone.
Shivam Mavi to Mitchell Santner, out, OUT! TAKEN! SKY is everywhere in the field! He takes a brilliant third catch to dismiss Santner here. Shivam Mavi lands this short and on off, Mitchell Santner stays there and connects with his pull shot well towards the deep mid-wicket region. However, Suryakumar Yadav is there and he takes another great catch and does well to keep his balance to no go over the ropes. Santner cannot believe that he has found a fielder here, but he has to go back to the hut. New Zealand six down now!
Ish Sodhi is the new man in.
Shivam Mavi to Mitchell Santner, wide, 1 run, Short and down the leg side, Mitchell Santner misses his flick. Wided.
Shivam Mavi to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, On a length and on off, Daryl Mitchell guides it towards point where a slight misfield from Rahul Tripathi allows a run.
Shivam Mavi to Mitchell Santner, 1 run, Shivam Mavi starts with a back-of-a-length delivery, on middle, Mitchell Santner nudges it towards mid-wicket for a single.
Kuldeep Yadav to Mitchell Santner, 3 runs, Floated, full and on off, Mitchell Santner drills it wide of deep point where Shivam Mavi covers his ground well to the right and puts in a dive to keep it inside. Three runs taken!
Kuldeep Yadav to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, Kuldeep Yadav decides to bowl a on-pace delivery, on a length and on middle, Daryl Mitchell flicks it through square leg for one.
Kuldeep Yadav to Daryl Mitchell, SIX, SIX! BANG! This is flighted, full and on off, Daryl Mitchell skips down the track and smokes it over the long off fence for a biggie.
Kuldeep Yadav to Mitchell Santner, 1 run, A bit short and on off, Mitchell Santner eases it towards mid off for a run.
Kuldeep Yadav to Mitchell Santner, no run, Tossed up, full and off, Mitchell Santner dabs it towards short covers.
Kuldeep Yadav to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, Kuldeep Yadav begins with a floated delivery, on off, Daryl Mitchell uses his feet and tucks it to the right of the bowler. There is a bit of hesitation between the batters, but in the end the run is completed.
Umran Malik to Mitchell Santner, 2 runs, Umran Malik lands this short and on middle, Mitchell Santner pulls it towards deep mid-wicket and comes back for the second.
Umran Malik to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, Back of a length and on off, Daryl Mitchell knocks it towards extra covers for one more.
Umran Malik to Daryl Mitchell, no run, Short and on off, Daryl Mitchell mistimes his pull shot towards deep mid-wicket for a run.
Umran Malik to Mitchell Santner, 1 run, Back of a length and on off, Mitchell Santner forces it towards wide mid off for one.
Umran Malik to Mitchell Santner, no run, Full and on off, Mitchell Santner pushes it towards covers where the fielder dives to his right to stop it.
Umran Malik to Mitchell Santner, FOUR, FOUR! Nice shot! Umran Malik bowls this short of a length and on off, Mitchell Santner stays there and punches it through extra covers for a boundary.
Arshdeep Singh to Daryl Mitchell, no run, Back of a length and outside off, angling away, Daryl Mitchell lets it go to the keeper.
Arshdeep Singh to Daryl Mitchell, SIX, SIX! Daryl Mitchell goes big now! Arshdeep Singh serves this full and on off, Daryl Mitchell shows the full face of the bat and lofts it over the long off fence for a biggie.
Arshdeep Singh to Mitchell Santner, 1 run, On a length and on middle, Mitchell Santner knocks it past the bowler towards mid on for a run.
Arshdeep Singh to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, Short again and outside off, Daryl Mitchell pulls it towards deep square leg for a single.
Arshdeep Singh to Daryl Mitchell, no run, Short of a length and on leg, Daryl Mitchell taps it down to the leg side.
Arshdeep Singh to Daryl Mitchell, no run, Arshdeep Singh bowls this on a good length and on off, angling away, Daryl Mitchell looks to play at it but gets beaten on the outside edge.
Umran Malik to Mitchell Santner, no run, This is on a good length and on off, Mitchell Santner pushes it towards mid off.
Umran Malik to Mitchell Santner, no run, Short of a length and on off, Mitchell Santner blocks it to the off side.
Umran Malik to Mitchell Santner, wide, 1 run, WIDE! The review goes in favour of New Zealand.
Umran Malik to Mitchell Santner, no run, On a length and outside off, Mitchell Santner leaves it alone and they even get an extra run off it. It is a short ball, drifting down leg. Mitchell Santner gets on his toes to tuck it away but it looks like it brushes his gloves on its way to the keeper. India appeal and the finger goes up. Mitchell Santner thinks about it for a while and takes the review. The replays show no bat/glove involved. The on-field decision is overturned.
Mitchell Santner, the skipper of New Zealand is the next man in with his side in huge trouble.
Umran Malik to Michael Bracewell, out, OUT! TIMBER! Umran Malik strikes in his very first over. The Indian seamers are tearing apart the Kiwis here. New Zealand lose their fifth wicket inside five overs. It is a good-length ball, on off, it holds its line. Michael Bracewell tries to whip it across the line but is nowhere near the ball. Umran Malik hits the top of off and is elated with one.
Umran Malik to Michael Bracewell, no run, On off, blocked out.
Umran Malik to Michael Bracewell, no run, Umran Malik fires in a yorker, just outside off. Michael Bracewell tries to jam it out but misses.
Arshdeep Singh to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR, FOUR! Arshdeep Singh goes short this time and pays the price. Daryl Mitchell pulls it through mid on for a boundary.
Arshdeep Singh to Michael Bracewell, 1 run, LEG BYE! Very full, sliding down leg. Michael Bracewell tries to flick it away but misses. The ball rolls out to the leg side off his pads.
Arshdeep Singh to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, Daryl Mitchell now pulls this short ball to square leg for a single.
Arshdeep Singh to Michael Bracewell, 1 run, Length ball, on leg. Michael Bracewell charges down the wicket and pulls it to deep square leg for one.
Arshdeep Singh to Michael Bracewell, no run, Length ball, outside off. Michael Bracewell dabs it out to point.
Arshdeep Singh to Daryl Mitchell, leg byes, 1 run, Arshdeep Singh bowls this a touch fuller and around the leg, Daryl Mitchell misses his flick as the ball goes off his pads towards square leg. A leg bye is taken. There is also a stiffled appeal for LBW, but turned down. However, Hardik Pandya takes the review after some discussions. UltraEdge shows no bat involved and Ball Tracking indicates that it is pitching outside leg. India lose their review.
Hardik Pandya to Michael Bracewell, SIX, SIX! BANG! Michael Bracewell gets off the mark in some style! Hardik Pandya lands this short and on middle, sits up nicely for the batter, Michael Bracewell swivels and pulls it over the deep square fence for a biggie.
Hardik Pandya to Michael Bracewell, no run, Short of a length and on middle, Michael Bracewell blocks it onto his toe as the ball rolls to the off side.
Michael Bracewell comes out to the middle now.
Hardik Pandya to Glenn Phillips, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Suryakumar Yadav once again takes a stunner at first slip. Hardik Pandya gets his second wicket now. He bends his back hard and dishes a hard length ball, outside off. The ball spits off the deck. Glenn Phillips rocks back and thinks about riding the bounce here as he goes for a solid cut shot. Although, he only gets a thick outside edge and Suryakumar Yadav completes a flying catch to send him back.
Hardik Pandya to Glenn Phillips, no run, Glenn Phillips defends this full ball to covers.
Hardik Pandya to Daryl Mitchell, 1 run, On a length, on off, Daryl Mitchell shuffles and eases it to mid on for one more.
Hardik Pandya to Glenn Phillips, 1 run, Length and on the pads. Glenn Phillips nudges it in front of mid on and scampers across for a quick single.
Arshdeep Singh to Mark Chapman, out, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! What a peach of a delivery. Arshdeep Singh ends his first over just the way he started it - with a wicket. It is a good-length ball, thats angles in on off, but nips away sharply off the deck. Mark Chapman tries to poke it out but only manages to get a thick outside edge. Ishan Kishan takes a dolly behind the sticks. New Zealand are in a spot of bother here.
Arshdeep Singh to Glenn Phillips, 1 run, A length ball, outside off. Glenn Phillips punches it to deep point for one.
Arshdeep Singh to Glenn Phillips, no run, Back of a length, on off. Glenn Phillips tries to go after it but gets beaten by the bounce.
Arshdeep Singh to Glenn Phillips, no run, Good length, wide of off. angling across. Glenn Phillips makes the leave.
Arshdeep Singh to Glenn Phillips, no run, Singh dishes it full and on middle. Glenn Phillips defends it gently back towards the bowler.
Glenn Phillips comes out to the middle now.
Arshdeep Singh to Devon Conway, out, OUT! CAUGHT! Arshdeep Singh strikes on his very first delivery. This is turning out to be a nightmare for the Kiwis. Devon Conway gives away his wicket here. It is a length ball, just outside off. Devon Conway though ends up chipping it straight to mid off where Hardik Pandya makes no mistake.
Arshdeep Singh to share the attack.
Hardik Pandya to Mark Chapman, no run, Hardik Pandya serves a length ball, in the channel. It climbs on the batter, Mark Chapman lets it be.
Mark Chapman walks out to bat at number 3.
Hardik Pandya to Finn Allen, out, OUT! CAUGHT AT SLIPS! Finn Allen departs cheaply and India are off to a ideal start here. It is a back-of-a-length delivery, outside off. Finn Allen throws his bat at it but without moving his feet. All he manages to get is a thick outside edge. The ball is flying at a rapid pace and over first slip. SKY has to reach the skies here, as he times his jump to perfection and plucks this one out of thin air.
Hardik Pandya to Devon Conway, 1 run, Devon Conway now gets off the mark instantly. It is a short ball, on off. Conway rides the bounce and pulls it square on the leg side. One taken.
Hardik Pandya to Finn Allen, 1 run, This is darted on the pads. Allen flicks it down to fine leg and crosses.
Hardik Pandya to Finn Allen, 2 runs, Finn Allen and New Zealand are off the mark here. It is full, on middle and leg. Finn Allen hangs back and flicks it through square leg for two runs.
Hardik Pandya to Finn Allen, no run, Pandya starts with an outswinger, full and on leg. Allen gets it to the off side off the outer half.