Winning the toss and opting to bat first, India lost Ishan Kishan early for 1. Rahul Tripathi came all guns blazing for his 44 runs off 22 balls. But after he left, it was the Shubman Gill show. He started slowly and gathered momentum to get himself a brilliant hundred. This is his maiden T20I hundred. He carried his bat as he stayed unbeaten on 126* off 63 balls. Surya Kumar Yadav chipped in with a crucial 24 off 13 balls. The skipper Hardik Pandya played a cameo of 30 runs off 17 balls as India reached 234/4 in 20 overs with 7 extras given by the fielding side.
It was a hard day for the New Zealand bowlers and some
bizarre tactical calls by the Kiwis. Michael Bracewell bowled just one over and
picked up a wicket. Daryl Mitchell bowled a brilliant last over and got a wicket,
but did not bowl anywhere else. Blair Tickner and Ish Sodhi got a wicket each.
But they were taken to the cleaners much like all the bowlers on show.
So, India wins by 168 runs to win the series 2-1 to win another bilateral series in India. Stick around for the post-match presentation ceremony that comes your way soon.
c S Mavi b U Malik