it's all over. Gill finishes it with a silken shot. Down the wicket, and lofts this over mid-on
6.50pm That brings to an end today's proceedings. Thanks for joining us. See you again soon.
6.40pm Last to be interviewed is Mohammed Shami, the Player of the Match. He says, and I paraphrase: "I always start trying to bowl good rhythm and line and length. The seam release is all about reptitions. As they say, if you love something enough, it become yours. I get irritated if the seam is not perfect. I love it when you can see the seam in the air. So I just keep trying to do that."
"Rohit Sharma to speak now. And I paraphrase: "I thought these last five games, the bowlers have really stepped up. Whatever we have asked of them, they have delivered. Especially doing this in India. You can expect these performances away from India, but they have real skills. When we trained here yesterday in the night, it moved around, there was good carry. Which is why we wanted that challenge: 250 would have been quite challenging. Shami and Siraj did want to go on for longer spells, but I told them a big Test series coming up. I had to step in and say boss there are other bowlers as well. I am happy with my batting. I have kept my approach quite similar. I try to take the bowlers on. It is important to do that: to try to out the pressure back. I know a big score hasn't come, but I am happy with how I am going. I know a big score is around the corner.".
Tom Latham is the first one to speak first. And I paraphrase: "Batting up top wasn't our finest day. India bowled right areas for a long time and pretty much gave us nothing. Not idea but full credit to India. The surface did a little bit, a bit of tennis-ball bounce, some came through, some didn't. Unfortunately we were unable to build a partnership. Every time you want to put in a great performance but unfortunately we were unable to adapt quickly enough."
6.30 As we await the presentation, I think this is India's biggest win against New Zealand in terms of number of balls remaining.
6.27pm "This was a good opportunity for me to spend some time in the middle, and happy that I have come back not out," Gill says. "We were expecting there would be more for their fast bowlers, but after the five bowlers it was good to bat on. It did grip a little for Santner and Bracewell."
6.23pm With that, another series win wrapped up by India. Set up some excellent seam bowling from Shami and Siraj, and then a good back-up act by Pandya when New Zealand looked to rebuild. A target of 108 was never going to test India, and they have got home with nearly 30 overs remaining
stretches forward to defend this to point
hard reverse-sweep. Well over point. That's one way when the ball is turning. Now within a shot
too full, nearly a yorker, dug out back to him
nice drop and turn for Bracewell. Goes past his outside edge
down the wicket to push this down to long-on for one
nice turn for Bracewell, defended to leg
fires this in straight. Pushed back to him
nice drop on this, turns back in, defended with hard hands
down the wicket again, but Santner shortens the length this time. Defended
mid-off is up and Kishan can't help himself. Out of his crease early, and lofts this over mid-off for four
goes full, but gives him some width. Driven straight to extra cover
In comes Ishan Kishan with 11 runs required. Leg gully in place
lovely bowling by Santner. He has done Kohli in twice. Superb dip on the ball as Kohli looks to play on the front foot. He is nowhere near the pitch of the ball, which means his back foot is also dragged. The ball turns, goes past the edge, and he is stumped
beaten on the reverse-sweep, mainly by the bounce than anything else. Hit on the body
slog-sweep from well outside off, beats deep midwicket to his right. He has hit this in air, but he knows he is not going to get six. He has just placed this superbly
out of the crease this time, Bracewell slows this up and pulls the length back. Defended
looks to charge down, Bracewell goes flat, he stays back and defends
short of a length, looks to run it square on the off side, but can't beat point
not that he needs a second invitation. Proper long hop to start off with, and he pulls him over midwicket for four
Bracewell to bowl now. Gill might just go after him
Sree: "Now that the series is in India's hands, I think Kohli should skip the final ODI and play the next Ranji match of Delhi. He is still lagging behind in tests, and some red ball exposure before the Australia series might do him good."
yorker on the leg stump, dug out into the leg side for one
Shami comes off the sidelines to put on a show
India's awesome powerplay, and one of New Zealand's worst
Shami spearheads massive win as India wrap up series
Santner flexes his muscles as New Zealand strengthen their spin stocks
|Shubman Gill||not out||40||53|
|Ishan Kishan||not out||8||9|
|Total||111(2 wkts; 20.1 ovs)|