Player of the Match
Player of the Match

8 | 12 Runs | NZ: 61/6 (7 runs required, RR: 7.62)

  • Mitchell Santner3 (4b)
  • Colin de Grandhomme17 (10b)
  • Hardik Pandya1-0-11-0
  • Jasprit Bumrah2-0-9-2

11.00pm That was an exceptional game of defensive bowling. The pitch gripped and turned, but terrific bowling from both sides meant only 128 runs were scored in 16 overs. New Zealand just needed a few more fours or sixes, but they just couldn't get enough away. India's bowlers were superb again, and take the series with a disciplined bowling performance. New Zealand were not bad, nowhere close, they were decent with the bat, but were found just short eventually.

Jasprit Bumrah is the Man of the Match and the Man of the Series: "The slower ball was gripping, after the first inning, Bhuvi and I had a chat about what will work. We saw they were gripping the ball, but our slower balls were not gripping. If you think about pressure, you won't be able to deliver."

Virat Kohli: "We were happy to get a game eventually. An exciting game. We expected them to give us a good fight, we were quite nervous as to whether we could get enough on the board. You need games to step up and finish off games, the guys showed character. When Pandya was hurt, I thought I may have to bowl those four deliveries."

Kane Williamson: "It was quite hard to know what a good score was on that surface. A tough match. A tricky surface. Runs on the board was handy. India outplayed us, although it came down to the last 2-3 deliveries. We showed good fight throughout, played smart cricket, but you need to be at your best to win here. That's why this team is possibly the best in the world. A number of strides forward for us as a group."

Hardik Pandya: "Will feel the pain after the game. I knew in the seventh over that I'll be bowling the last over. I knew I had to keep calm. Important to have a calm mind, one or two will go here and there.

Yuzvendra Chahal: "The wicket suited the bowlers, you have to handle the pressure. I've bowled in so many games like this. Whole team backed me, I calculate accordingly what the batsmen will do."

India coach Ravi Sahstri: " You'd be lying if you said you're not up for it. The balance can shift with 2-3 deliveries. There was electricity there while fielding. We thought we could do it, we aimed for 65, anything more was a bonus."

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Rajeev Kumar: "Interestingly India won both the deciders(ODIs, and T20I) by 6 runs"

Pandya to Santner, 1 run, a 120 kph short and wide delivery outside off, carved away towards deep point, India take the T20I series 2-1

8 off 1.

Pandya to Santner, 2 runs, and that's the game. A slower delivery on middle and leg, driven away towards long-on for a couple.

A six and a four will do for NZ. Point goes back. Expect another cutter wide outside off?

Pandya to de Grandhomme, 1 run, ooh that was in the slot, right in the slot, a slower cutter outside off, de Grandhomme swings but finds deep square leg for one
Pandya to de Grandhomme, 1 wide, a slow offcutter very wide outside off, left alone from de Grandhomme. Wide called
Pandya to de Grandhomme, SIX runs, that's six. A slower delivery outside off, de Grandhomme knew what was coming, he stayed in his crease and swung away over deep midwicket. Just clears the boundary
Pandya to de Grandhomme, no run, fine stop from Pandya. Full outside off, drilled back to Pandya, who sticks his left hand out and takes the blow. OUCH! Pandya is writhing in pain. Has he broken a finger? Dislocated? The physio comes out. He's fine to continue.
Pandya to Santner, 1 bye, another bye. It's another offcutter outside off, Santner misses another heave. De Grandhomme steals another bye as Dhoni misses the stumps again

This is it. The series down to 19 off 6. Santner has the strike. Pandya will bowl it. Not Kuldeep. Stokes was hit for four sixes with the same equation. Pandya is another seam-bowling allrounder.

7 | 10 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 49/6 (19 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 19.00)

  • Mitchell Santner0 (1b)
  • Colin de Grandhomme10 (7b)
  • Jasprit Bumrah2-0-9-2
  • Yuzvendra Chahal2-0-8-0
Bumrah to Santner, 1 bye, another slower ball outside off, the ball misses Santner's drive. De Grandhomme takes the bye, Dhoni misses at the batsman's end

NZ need a boundary to stay in the game. Santner will face.

Bumrah to Bruce, 1 bye, OUT, run-out? It's another slower ball outside off, but Bruce tries to ramp the reverse-lap, misses. Dhoni picks up, throws to Bumrah, who in turn throws at the bowler's end, misses. Pandya comes in from long-on, picks up cleanly and returns a terrific throw to Dhoni, who doesn't miss! Bruce dismissed trying to steal one

TC Bruce run out (Pandya/†Dhoni) 4 (6m 2b 1x4 0x6) SR: 200.00

Bumrah to de Grandhomme, 1 bye, the slower delivery outside off, bounces extra and beats de Grandhomme's bat, but Bruce calls him through. Good awareness. The bye nearly results in a run-out
Bumrah to Bruce, 2 wides, good stop Dhoni! Saved three runs. Sees Bruce coming and fires this short down leg, bounces in front of Dhoni but he throws his full body behind it, and lets it hit his body. A wide and a bye

NZ need one more boundary in this over, at least.

Bumrah to Bruce, FOUR runs, a full toss on middle and leg, looking for the yorker, flicked away past square leg for four. Superb timing
Bumrah to de Grandhomme, 1 run, a high full toss on off, driven towards the sweeper cover for just one

NZ lost a close ODI decider. Can they turn it around?

Bumrah to Nicholls, OUT, taken at fine leg. A slow offcutter down leg to start, Nicholls gets low, gets underneath but a top-edge lobs towards fine leg, who runs to his left and takes a good catch. Tried to put Bumrah off but didn't work

HM Nicholls c Iyer b Bumrah 2 (7m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

NZ fall well behind, if they don't win this over, the game is done. Bumrah will bowl.

6 | 3 Runs | NZ: 39/4 (29 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.50, RRR: 14.50)

  • Henry Nicholls2 (3b)
  • Colin de Grandhomme9 (5b)
  • Yuzvendra Chahal2-0-8-0
  • Kuldeep Yadav1-0-10-1
Chahal to Nicholls, 1 run, 85 kph, short and wide outside off, slapped to deep cover for one. Just three off it, that's a game-changer
Chahal to Nicholls, no run, the googly outside off, Nicholls shuffles across and misses a slog sweep

Chahal can't commit an error now, one six will make this an even over

Chahal to de Grandhomme, 1 run, flat and wide outside off, chopped away towards cover for one. Fine bowling
Chahal to de Grandhomme, no run, well bowled, slow and wide outside off, de Grandhomme tries to go inside-out but can't make contact as the ball spins away
Chahal to de Grandhomme, no run, the slider, quick and flat outside off, goes past de Grandhomme's bat

Two sixes change this.

Saritha Sajeev: "I smell a tie." Ayya.

Chahal to Nicholls, 1 run, full delivery outside off, badly-timed to deep cover for a run

Not over, not by a mile. 32 off 18 is still game even. Bumrah has six balls. Chahal will bowl these six.

5 | 10 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 36/4 (32 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.20, RRR: 10.66)

  • Colin de Grandhomme8 (2b)
  • Henry Nicholls0 (0b)
  • Kuldeep Yadav1-0-10-1
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar2-0-18-1
Kuldeep Yadav to de Grandhomme, SIX runs, six, a flat six. The tossed up googly on middle and leg, de Grandhomme gets underneath the length, and lets his muscle do the rest, powers a six over wide long-on
Kuldeep Yadav to de Grandhomme, 2 runs, flayed away past point for a couple. Full and wide outside off, de Grandhomme goes after it but skews a couple
Kuldeep Yadav to Phillips, OUT, taken at deep midwicket. New Zealand fall to 28 for 4. Flight on middle and leg, the googly outside off. Phillips goes after the big heave, the slog sweep, but all he can do is toe-end the ball to Dhawan at deep midwicket, who gets underneath the ball and takes a reverse-cupped catch

GD Phillips c Dhawan b Kuldeep Yadav 11 (14m 9b 2x4 0x6) SR: 122.22

Kohli and pandya had switched positions after second ball. Pandya was at long on before that, says Vishal from the ground.

Kuldeep Yadav to Williamson, OUT, a direct hit from Pandya and Williamson is gone. Lots of flight, Williamson comes down, can't quite muscle a heave over the infield. Hits it to Pandya at midwicket, who picks up and hits the stumps down at the bowler's end. Williamson had given up.

KS Williamson run out (Pandya) 8 (11m 10b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

Aman Agarwal: "I feel that the team with better unorthodoxy will win. Right now India looks more conventional than New Zealand. Not bad but thats not a required skill in these conditions."

Kuldeep Yadav to Phillips, 1 run, loopy but straight, too full, so full Phillips can't get underneath, driven to long-on

A First


This is the first series win for India against New Zealand in T20Is. Before this, they hadn't won even a single match in five attempts.