India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I at Ahmedabad, IND v NZ, Feb 01 2023 - Ball by Ball Commentary

3rd T20I (N), Ahmedabad, February 01, 2023, New Zealand tour of India
(12.1/20 ov, T:235) 66

India won by 168 runs

Player Of The Match
126* (63)
Player Of The Series
66 runs • 5 wkts
Full commentary

So that's a wrap. Goodbye from Sid, Chandan and myself.

Pandya collects the trophy and hands it over to Prithvi Shaw. Smiles all around as the Indian team pose for the camera.

Hardik Pandya is the Player of the Series: To be honest, my Man of the Series goes to the whole support staff. I have always played the game like this, tried to read the situation and what's required at that moment, and not have pre-conceived ideas. A lot of time I back my guts. I have got a very simple rule about my life and captaincy: if I go down, I will go down on my decisions. So at the end of the day, I take calls on my own because I like to take the ownership. When I played the IPL final, I felt the second innings was more spicier. We want to normalise these pressure games, and hopefully we can do better at bigger stages.

Shubman Gill is the Player of the Match: It feels good when you practise and it pays off. Happy to get the big ones for the team. Everybody has a different technique to hit sixes. Hardik bhai told me to bat the way I do, and that there is no need to do anything extra. When you are representing your country, I don't think there's any kind of fatigue, and I am happy to play all three formats.

Mitchell Santner: It would have been nice to take the trophy but India played better. Gill has been in a pretty good nick. It's tough to win if you lose five in the powerplay. I guess during that time of the year [when the World Cup is planned] there could be a dew around, so the teams will be looking to bowl first. So it might be about restricting teams to 320.

Time for the presentation ceremony.

Juzer: "168 runs victory is huge, even for a test match!"

Sai: "Shubman Gill defeated New Zealand by 60 runs."

Rahul Tripathi: I would have been happier had I got some more runs. Rahul sir and everyone has been telling me to play in the same way I have been, and look to take advantage in the first six overs. It's a terrific atmosphere in the stadium, playing in front of such a crowd. And even more happy that we have won the series.

10.09pm So India win by 168 runs. Chandan tells me that it's the highest margin of victory between two Full Member teams. It was as complete a performance from India as it could get. After they opted to bat, Gill led the show with an unbeaten 126 off 63 balls - the highest individual score for India in T20Is. As a result, India posted a daunting 234 for 4. Then Hardik Pandya struck with the new ball and finished with the figures of 4 for 16 from his four overs. Arshdeep Singh, Shivam Mavi and Umran Malik too picked up two each. The catching was top notch as well.

Umran Malik to Mitchell, OUT

10 for 66 and all that. Another short ball, another wicket, and that's the match and series for India. Mitchell went for the pull but failed to middle it. Mavi came in from deep midwicket. For a moment, it looked like he had lost the sight of the ball, and had to dive forward to grab it

Daryl Mitchell c Shivam Mavi b Umran Malik 35 (25b 1x4 3x6 65m) SR: 140
end of over 121 run • 1 wicket
NZ: 66/9CRR: 5.50 RRR: 21.12 • Need 169 runs from 48b
Ben Lister0 (1b)
Daryl Mitchell35 (24b 1x4 3x6)
Hardik Pandya 4-0-16-4
Shivam Mavi 2-0-12-2

Karanjot Singh: "Blair Tickner is a Doppleganger of Mitchell Starc . Do you agree?" --- I am very bad at it, so I will let others decide

Hardik to Lister, no run

short of length around off. Goes back and defends it down

Ben Lister, the debutant

Hardik to Tickner, OUT

a dolly for Kishan. Short of length at the batter, Tickner was moving towards the leg side but is cramped as he attempts a pull. The ball hits him on the glove and lobs behind the stumps

Blair Tickner c †Ishan Kishan b Pandya 1 (5b 0x4 0x6 15m) SR: 20
Hardik to Tickner, no run

length ball but well outside off. Throws his bat at it but fails to connect

Hardik to Tickner, no run

a high full toss on the stumps. Tickner can only defend it towards short midwicket

Hardik to Tickner, no run

short of length at the stumps. Tickner gets in an awkward position plays something between a flick and defence

Hardik to Mitchell, 1 run

length ball in the line of the stumps. Tapped towards short midwicket for one

end of over 119 runs
NZ: 65/8CRR: 5.90 RRR: 18.88 • Need 170 runs from 54b
Daryl Mitchell34 (23b 1x4 3x6)
Blair Tickner1 (1b)
Shivam Mavi 2-0-12-2
Hardik Pandya 3-0-15-3
Shivam Mavi to Mitchell, 1 run

wide of the crease but a full toss outside off. Steered towards deep cover

Shivam Mavi to Mitchell, no run

short of length around off. Goes for the cut but mistimes it into the ground

Shivam Mavi to Mitchell, no run

aims for the yorker but just misses his length. Hits it back towards the bowler

Shivam Mavi to Mitchell, 2 runs

short of a length around off. Looks to pull it away but miscues it over the bowler's head. Falls dead straight and well short of the incoming long-on. A couple more to the total

Shivam Mavi to Mitchell, SIX runs

length ball in the line of the stumps. Mitchell just extends his arms to loft it over the bowler's head for a six

Shivam Mavi to Mitchell, no run

length ball outside off. Looks to smash it into the adjacent river but misses

end of over 103 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 56/8CRR: 5.60 RRR: 17.90 • Need 179 runs from 60b
Daryl Mitchell25 (17b 1x4 2x6)
Blair Tickner1 (1b)
Hardik Pandya 3-0-15-3
Shivam Mavi 1-0-3-2
Hardik to Mitchell, 1 run

banged in short. Pulled towards long leg

Hardik to Tickner, 1 run

length ball outside off, pushed towards deep cover-point

Blair Tickner now

Time for a drinks break

Hardik to Ferguson, OUT

full, just outside off. Ferguson looks to hoick it on the leg side but fails to middle it and end up hitting it towards mid-on. Umran jumps and takes it near head height

Lockie Ferguson c Umran Malik b Pandya 0 (4b 0x4 0x6 5m) SR: 0
Hardik to Ferguson, no run

full around off, stays back and throws his bat at it. Straight towards covers

Hardik to Ferguson, no run

length ball outside off. Goes for the cut and misses

Hardik to Mitchell, 1 run

short at the batter. Pulled towards deep square leg

Hardik Pandya brings himself back

end of over 93 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 53/7CRR: 5.88 RRR: 16.54 • Need 182 runs from 66b
Lockie Ferguson0 (1b)
Daryl Mitchell23 (15b 1x4 2x6)
Shivam Mavi 1-0-3-2
Kuldeep Yadav 1-0-12-0
Shivam Mavi to Ferguson, no run

short outside off. Ferguson goes for the upper cut but misses

Lockie Ferguson now

Win Probability
IND 100%
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Over 13 • NZ 66/10

Daryl Mitchell c Shivam Mavi b Umran Malik 35 (25b 1x4 3x6 65m) SR: 140
India won by 168 runs
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