there it is! Fittingly, Ross the Boss finishes it off. Back of a length and angling in, hockey-swiped to long leg
11.30pm Happy Waitangi Day to all our NZ followers. Hope all of you enjoyed our coverage as much as we did bringing it to you. Until next time, this is Deivarayan Muthu signing off on the behalf of Shashank Kishore. Cheers
Latham: Great performance from the guys. Long time between drinks to get across the line. It was probably a few more than we would have liked. For us, it's about having partnerships and we managed to build them really well. It was obviously nice to make the contribution and the way Ross played was fantastic. He has done it time and again for us.
Kohli: It was an outstanding performance by NZ. They batted outstandingly well. We thought 348 was good enough. Ross is the experienced batsman they have, but Tom's innings was the one that took away the momentum. Credit to Taylor and Tom. Look, we didn't grab onto one chance, but we were decent. Something we need to keep improving. We can't focus on too much things. Today, the opposition played better than us and they deserved to win. I think the debutants gave us a good start and hopefully they continue. Iyer was outstanding getting his first ODI hundred under pressure, KL again. These are positives for us.
Taylor, Man of the Match: It has been an interesting summer, so as to speak, good to get across the line. To restrict them under 350, gave us a chance. We were fortunate with the right-left combination and we targeted the short boundary. Tom released the pressure of me. I told my boys Hamilton is like sleeping is my bed. Southee said you can take the bed with you. You try not to have a hangover, but nice to be there at the end to finish it off.
11.13pm Riding on Taylor's unbeaten 109 off 84, New Zealand have gunned down 348. After suffering all those Super Over heartbreaks, they've snapped their losing streak. The smiles are back on the faces of the NZ players. Taylor led the way and stand-in captain Tom Latham collared India's spinners in the middle overs with his variety of sweeps. Latham holed out for 69 off 48 and then there was a late wobble, but Taylor and birthday boy Santner hung onto seal the win. This means Iyer's century goes in vain. Do stick with us for the presentation.
Jacob George: "When you have someone like Navdeep Saini in your squad, sidelining him for someone of the sorts of Shardul Thakur does not make sense at all. Moreover, Chahal would have been a better option than Kuldeep as that gives more variation to the spinning department. Kedar was not used even for an over when runs were flowing. Team selection put India down, though they batted beautifuuly... "
Shami. NZ need just 1 for
Super Over for victory
bouncer, angling in at off, Taylor ducks into it, cops a blow on the blow and hares across to the other end. The scores are tied at Hamilton
banged in short and outside off, flat-batted over the bowler's head for just a single
punched straight of mid-off. On a length and outside off, slower one again, he stays leg-side of the ball and strikes it on the up for four
slower offcutter, Santner swings and misses, runs past the outside edge
Happy birthday, Mitch. Slower ball, short and sits up outside off. He rocks back and smacks a pull over midwicket for six
knuckle ball it is, short and wide outside off, tapped to point. And they risk a single. A direct hit from Jadeja could have dismissed Taylor at the non-striker's end. Panic in the NZ camp
Thakur. Third man and fine leg up. Watch out for that knuckle ball, Ross
another slower ball, offcutter, Santner plays inside the line again, not too far away from off stump. NZ have seen off Bumrah. Can they breathe easy yet?
back of a length on middle, fended off to short midwicket
back of a length, Santner plays for the angle but this offcutter swerves past the outside edge
on a length and wide of off, slashed past the right of Kuldeep at deep third man
Abdul Rehman: "NZ lost 3 T20 Matches which they were winning in last T20 series, I hope this match is not going in that way."
banged in short and outside off, Santner miscues a hook to deep square. They settle with just the single
on a length and outside off, patted to the covers
banged in short and angling sharply down leg from round the wicket, wide
Can birthday boy Santner hang on with Taylor and finish it off for NZ?
banged in short and outside off, Taylor controls a hook to deep midwicket. De Grandhomme, Taylor chance a second, Kohli believes he has him. Indeed, he's gone. De Grandhomme doesn't bring out the dive, Kohli gathers the ball at the non-striker's end and takes the bails off. Are we onto something here?
full-toss on off stump, flicked out to the left of deep midwicket
back of a length and outside off, punched through the line to Kohli at short cover
inswinging yorker, jammed past leg stump for one
De Grandhomme joins Taylor, with NZ needing 20 off 28 balls
too full on the pads, Neesham picks it up and lifts it straight into the lap of long-on. Jadhav settles under it. It was right in Neesham's swinging arc, but he couldn't get enough bat on ball
banged in short on middle, Taylor top-edges a hook to long leg. Okay, it stuck him flush on the helmet and rolled away. No bat involved. Ouch. Taylor opts to go on