India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020
Venue: Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui
Date & Time: 02 February 2020
RR: 7.8 | India beat New Zealand by 7 runs
Right. The series ends 5-0 in favour of India. Do not go by that scoreline. India were definitely the better side but New Zealand have not been mauled. They found ways to hurt themselves from winning positions and hence, the scoreline reads so. Perhaps experience could help them, which might be visible come the ODIs. But again, India have been dominant in that format too. So how will that series go? Join us on Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 at 3 pm local (0200 GMT) for the first ODI from Hamilton. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!
Virat Kohli gets across for a chat as well. Stresses that he is proud of the guys handling the pressure effectively, giving him a lot of satisfaction as a senior member as they have shown that they can take the team and momentum forward in the years to come. Hopes to lay down a collective vision in front of the young team and then hope that the young people understand that and replicate it in their lives. Is happy with the day-to-day routines accepted by the blokes and acknowledges that the team will not win everyday but close moments like the ones in this series will help the young team evolve. On his chat with Kane Williamson outside the boundary midway during the game, Kohli says that both of them have a similar mindset and lay down identical visions for the team. Stresses that in spite of the series scoreline, there is not much difference between the two sides and he believes that Williamson can take his team to a very bright future. Wishes the young Kiwi side all the best for an excellent future.
Victorious stand-in Indian skipper, KL Rahul, says that every win keeps building confidence. On Rohit's injury update, Rahul is not too sure but is hopeful of his skipper's fitness in the next couple of days. On winning the series 3-0 in the third game, Rahul says that the team was willing to try out a few different things and yet, managing to win. On trying new things before the ODI series, Rahul says that the next two days will be more of a relaxing period and enjoy the climate in New Zealand. Then, he says that once the ODI series begins, the focus will be back on.
New Zealand skipper for the day, TIM SOUTHEE, manages a smile. Feels unfortunate to be on the wrong side of the result again but credits his side to give India a run for their money. Stresses that there is not a massive gap between the two units, in spite of the series scoreline and it is all about doing those little things better. Details they need to find out ways to win key moments. On the upcoming ODIs, Southee feels that it will be different personnel coming in and it will be a nice change. Adds that it is a format where they have done well, so hopes to continue that form.
KL RAHUL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES. Says that he is very happy with his form and also the team's series result, winning 5-0. Stresses that the team was always positive and confident entering this series and it was all about executing those skills learnt from the series against West Indies and Bangladesh back home. On his role in the World Cup squad, Rahul smiles and says that he is not looking that far and is just aiming to contribute and play well for his country.
JASPRIT BUMRAH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is feeling very good after the win. Admits that the match got close at one point but says that the team believed in itself that with a couple of good overs and wickets, they could win. Since it is his first time here, Bumrah says that it took him a while to adjust to the conditions and the boundaries but adds that he eventually managed to adjust himself. Is happy with the experience of playing in windy conditions in New Zealand.
Earlier in the evening, India huffed and puffed their way to 163. They got off to a flier in the Powerplay but then got pegged back to some excellent bowling on a sluggish track. Rohit Sharma played a bizarre innings where he never looked settled but a freakish injury saw him retire hurt on 60, which dented at least 20-30 runs off the team's total. Hamish Bennett continued his resurgence, taking 1/21 in his 4 overs. Please stay tuned for the presentation...
Never count a champion out. Did people say that Jasprit Bumrah has lost his knack of picking up wickets? Think again. 4-1-12-3. Of course, the Kiwis were in a personal hole dug by themselves but what we did not see in the last 4 games, we got to see in this one. Yorkers finding their mark, ball zipping off the deck and making the batsmen hop around - not to bouncers or short stuff - but to length balls as batsmen were clueless as to which way will the ball move. Welcome back, Jasprit Bumrah. The other bowlers did their bit and luckily for India, the Shivam Dube over which went for 34 in the 10th, did not cost them the match. Jokes apart, it is high time the visitors started searching for another seaming all-rounder in Dube's place, if Hardik is not around for a while.
Got to feel for Tim Seifert. He was a part of all the three games where the Kiwis had a chance to win, only to see his side blow those chances up. Here, he and Taylor led a superb recovery, forging a 99-run stand for the fourth wicket, from 17/3, but still, their other mates found a way to lose. So poor-looking is the batting scorecard that the third highest scorer of the innings is Ish Sodhi with 16! They need a counsellor desperately.
Another sad ending for the Kiwis. Just look at the last three games - they could have won the series 3-2! But unfortunately for them, they could not capitalize on winning moments. Not sure how you can lose from such positions - 3 needed from 5 balls, 9 needed from 9 and 48 from 44 - all these in 3 separate games. But they did and hence, find themselves in such a situation. Their first ever whitewash at home.
Shardul Thakur to bowl the final over of the innings. 3-0-25-2 from him so far.
Hamish Bennett is the last man in.
Jasprit Bumrah to bowl the penultimate over of the game. Might as well be the last.
Ish Sodhi is the new man in.
Navdeep Saini to bowl the 17th and his final over of the game.
Tim Southee, the skipper walks out to bat. His side have once again thrown the game away. Can he help Taylor provide a turnaround?
The new man in is Scott Kuggeleijn. He can hit the long ball, can he do that and help his side home?
Shardul Thakur returns. 2-0-21-0 are his numbers so far.
Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl out. 3-0-21-0 from him so far.
Washington Sundar is brought back into the attack.
Mitchell Santner is the new man in.
Daryl Mitchell walks in next.
Navdeep Saini returns. 2-0-13-0 from him so far.
Jasprit Bumrah is back on. His only over was a wicket maiden. Can he strike one more time to break this stand and pull India back in this game?
FREE HIT TIME!!!
Shivam Dube is introduced into the attack.
Is Seifert short? That could be a massive blow! Replay time. Just in, with the dive.
Shardul Thakur is back on! 1-0-10-0 from him so far.
Yuzvendra Chahal comes to bowl now.
Change in bowling! Shardul Thakur is on now.
Ross Taylor is the new man in. He is playing his 100th T20I match. Can he deliver for his side here?
Run out appeal taken upstairs. This can be a disaster for the Kiwis. What a mix-up. Indians are looking confident. Replay time! Tom Bruce is well short.
Navdeep Saini comes into the attack now.
New Zealand in trouble and Tom Bruce walks out to bat. Can he be the man to take them out of it?
With a wicket in the second over, the Kiwis need a big effort from their remaining players. And, without Williamson, the task becomes even more tougher for the hosts.
Jasprit Bumrah to bowl from the other end.
We are back for the run chase. Colin Munro and Martin Guptill, the two Kiwi openers walk out to the middle. Washington Sundar will start the proceedings for the Indians. Here we go...