Player of the Match
Player of the Match

11pm Rohit collects the trophy and hands it to the youngest member of the team - Shubman Gill. Vijay Shankar now gets his hands on the trophy. India's players celebrate their 4-1 victory. India have ticked most boxes, NZ not quite. Be back for the three-T20I series. Until next time, this is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Ankur Dhawan.

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10.30pm Rohit won the toss and opted to test his batting line-up first up on a pitch that had some moisture. The demons of Hamilton reappeared when India were pinned down to 18 for 4 by the moving ball. Vijay Shankar, who got a game in place of Kuldeep Yadav, impressed with an ice-cool 45 in a 98-run stand with Rayudu. Vijay fell to an awful mix-up and sacrificed his wicket, but Rayudu moved to 90. Pandya then provided the finishing kick with a slew of sixes, including three on the trot off Astle.

NZ lost Munro and Nicholls early in the chase. While Williamson and Latham added 67 for the fourth wicket, India's bowlers continued to chip away. The spinners Jadhav and Chahal also played their part in the victory. And who can forget Dhoni's magic behind the stumps. Do stick around for the presentation

Rayudu, Player of the Match: It was tough against a quality attack. I was thinking we should take the game to the 30th over without losing a wicket. Me Vijay and Kedar batted...People who bat at 4,5,6 get a chance only when it's tough. It's important to stay prepared. The game in Hamilton was one-off. Great effort by our bowlers to defend it

Shami, Player of the Series

Kane Williamson: First of all a different surface. They got to a par total, maybe a few more. We knew it would be tricky, but we did not take it further. We just lost wickets at the wrong time. They did it very well. Rayudu played well with 90 and did not score for a long time. Then they put the pressure back on us - it's a lesson for us. Their accuracy was great. Tommy Latham and me could have taken it further. Credit to India, they showed us a lesson and they deserve the series win. I suppose as batsmen we need to soak that pressure up and take those decisions. Thoughout the series, they got us under more pressure. We were able to revert the pressure but not long enough and often enough.

Rohit Sharma: After the Hamilton loss, the way we lost was big. We need to get together as a team. After we lost four wickets, all we needed was somebody to show application. The partnership between Rayudu and Vijay Shankar turned the game for us. The wicket got flat at the end, but at one point it looked an easy chase, but the bowling unit came together. Lot of people put their hands up and got us through. I knew there was some moisture on the pitch. If the series was alive, we would have chased. We wanted to test ourselves today. I couldn't ask for more. The partnership from Rayudu and Shankar was crucial. When you want to win games, you need a right balance, especially when Bumrah is not here. Coming here and beating NZ at home is never easy and they are a good travelling team as well. 4-1 is a great achievement

Kumar to Boult, OUT, Bhuvneshwar closes it out for India! Boult has been bounced out. Boult gives himself some room, lifter outside off, he reaches out, aims cover, but winds up carving it to Shami at deep third man

TA Boult c Mohammed Shami b Kumar 1 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33


44 | 13 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 217/9 (36 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.93, RRR: 6.00)

  • Matt Henry17 (9b)
  • Trent Boult1 (2b)
  • Hardik Pandya8-1-50-2
  • Yuzvendra Chahal10-0-41-3
Pandya to Henry, no run, slower dipper outside off, away from the reach of Henry
Pandya to Henry, SIX runs, 117ks slower ball outside off, Henry reads the change-up. He sets up and smites it over backward square leg for back-to-back sixes
Pandya to Henry, SIX runs, dug in short and outside off, utterly battered into the stands beyond midwicket. He gives himself room and swings for the hills
Pandya to Boult, 1 run, yorker tails in at leg stump, dug out to long-on running in
Pandya to Boult, no run, full and keeps low outside off, sneaks under the bat

No.11 Boult

Pandya to Santner, OUT, That's a gift from Santner. This was full and on the pads, Santner picks it off straight into the lap of Shami at short fine leg. Santner can't believe what he has done. Pandya, meanwhile, has a wry smile

MJ Santner c Mohammed Shami b Pandya 22 (62m 37b 0x4 0x6) SR: 59.45

Can Pandya close it out with the ball too?

43 | 3 Runs | NZ: 204/8 (49 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 4.74, RRR: 7.00)

  • Matt Henry5 (6b)
  • Mitchell Santner22 (36b)
  • Yuzvendra Chahal10-0-41-3
  • Mohammed Shami8-0-35-2
Chahal to Henry, no run, tossed outside off, Astle cracks it straight to extra-cover
Chahal to Henry, no run, wrong'un breaks back in, short on off, played back to Chahal
Chahal to Santner, 1 run, tossed outside off, Santner belts it down to long-off

Debayan: "@Vageesan Everytime I see the score-card I can't help but read it as Nathan Astle ahh the NZ team of 90s. This one's good no doubt. But that team of Mcmillan, Cairns, Harris, Vettori, Fleming, Young and Parore evoke some fine childhood memories"

Chahal to Santner, 2 runs, flipper on leg stump, faster and flatter, whipped away to deep midwicket
Chahal to Santner, no run, short and skids away outside off, another googly beats Santner
Chahal to Santner, no run, googly, turn and bounce outside off, beats the loose waft from Santner

42 | 7 Runs | NZ: 201/8 (52 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.78, RRR: 6.50)

  • Matt Henry5 (4b)
  • Mitchell Santner19 (32b)
  • Mohammed Shami8-0-35-2
  • Yuzvendra Chahal9-0-38-3
Mohammed Shami to Henry, FOUR runs, slower ball outside off, full and right in the slot. Henry waits for it to arrive, then clubs it straight down the ground for four
Mohammed Shami to Henry, no run, inswinging yorker, tails in at leg stump, jammed out

Shoaib Ahmed: "Such odd captaincy from Kane today. In the middle overs when they were milking CDG and Munro, didn't use the leg spinner. And only brought Astle on at the death!"

Mohammed Shami to Santner, 1 run, full-toss outside off, flapped away to cow corner

Simon: "CDG had the opportunity to stand up with the bat. May miss out on WC because he can't play quality spin."

Mohammed Shami to Santner, no run, wide full-toss as Santner backs away and carves it to point
Mohammed Shami to Henry, 1 run, short and outside off, Henry flat-bats it away to sweeper cover

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

1st18C MunroHM Nicholls
2nd19C MunroKS Williamson
3rd1LRPL TaylorKS Williamson
4th67KS WilliamsonTWM Latham
5th14JDS NeeshamTWM Latham
6th16C de GrandhommeJDS Neesham
7th41JDS NeeshamMJ Santner
8th18TD AstleMJ Santner
9th10MJ SantnerMJ Henry
10th13TA BoultMJ Henry