New Zealand in India, 3 T20I Series, 2021

India vs New Zealand - 3rd T20I

Venue: Eden Gardens, Kolkata

Date & Time: 21 November 2021

New Zealand 111/10

RR: 6.4 | India beat New Zealand by 73 runs


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Martin Guptill c Suryakumar Yadav & b Yuzvendra Chahalc Suryakumar Yadav & b Yuzvendra Chahal513644
Daryl Mitchell c Harshal Patel & b Axar Patelc Harshal Patel & b Axar Patel5610
Mark Chapman stumped Rishabh Pant & b Axar Patelstumped Rishabh Pant & b Axar Patel0200
Glenn Phillips bowled Axar Patelbowled Axar Patel0400
Tim Seifert run out (Ishan Kishan / Rishabh Pant)run out (Ishan Kishan / Rishabh Pant)171810
James Neesham c Rishabh Pant & b Harshal Patelc Rishabh Pant & b Harshal Patel3700
Mitchell Santner run out (Ishan Kishan)run out (Ishan Kishan)2400
Adam Milne c Rohit Sharma & b Venkatesh Iyerc Rohit Sharma & b Venkatesh Iyer7601
Ish Sodhi c Suryakumar Yadav & b Harshal Patelc Suryakumar Yadav & b Harshal Patel91120
Lockie Ferguson c Deepak Chahar & b Deepak Chaharc Deepak Chahar & b Deepak Chahar14802
Trent Boult not out not out 2200
Extras 1 (b 0, lb 0, w 1, nb 0)
Total 111 (10 Wkts, 17.2 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
21-1 (Daryl Mitchell,2.1), 22-2 (Mark Chapman,3), 30-3 (Glenn Phillips,4.4), 69-4 (Martin Guptill,10.3), 76-5 (Tim Seifert,11.4), 76-6 (James Neesham,12.3), 84-7 (Mitchell Santner,13.1), 93-8 (Adam Milne,15.1), 95-9 (Ish Sodhi,16.1), 111-10 (Lockie Ferguson,17.2),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Bhuvneshwar Kumar2 0 12 0 6.00
Deepak Chahar2.2 0 26 1 11.82
Axar Patel3 0 9 3 3.00
Yuzvendra Chahal4 0 26 1 6.50
Venkatesh Iyer3 0 12 1 4.00
Harshal Patel3 0 26 2 8.67

So that is it from the T20I series. Rohit Sharma poses with the trophy as he collects and strides towards his team for the celebrations. Now we focus on the two Test matches. The first match will start on Thursday 25th November at 0930 am Local (0400 am GMT). Do join us for the same. Till then, Goodbye and Cheers.

Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Series, he says that it was important to start well and give his team a good start. Tells that it was nice coming onto the bat but the middle phase did not go as planned. Tells the positives were, Harshal Patel is bowling brilliantly, with his execution and skills. Kl Rahul's forms and spinners did the job in the entire series. Tells that the tail-enders are batting nicely and it becomes crucial. Adds that he has grown up playing in the cement pitch and that has helped him in approaching the pull shot.

Axar Patel is the Man of the Match, he says he tries to vary the pace and tries to read the batter's mind. Adds that this wicket helped bowlers much and he just tried to bowl in good length. Tells that it has been one of the best years for him and will look to continue forward. Says that after England's series, he tried to reflect and tried to work accordingly.

Mitchell Santner says that it was hard to predict the dew and if the wickets fell in the Powerplay, it was always going to be difficult. Tells that they were up against a good Indian side and the pressure they put on is always tough. Says that their schedule is tight and they have to work with that. Tells the positives were Martin Guptill and Chapman's batting. Ends by saying that the performance will be key for future World Cups held here.

Rahul Dravid, the Head coach of India has a quick chat, he says that it was a really good series. Adds that they will keep their feet on the ground and it was also not easy for the Kiwis to turn up after coming from the World Cup. Tells that it was good to see younger players come through. Says that they have options and will be realistic to give everyone a chance.

Harshal Patel joins now, he says that he has to be switched on every time and says his skillsets won't change overnight. He tries to maintain his skills and continues in international as well. Adds that he keeps backing himself and tries bowling different things in the nets. Kishan says that he is ready to keep whenever asked. Adds that the coach and captain told to enjoy and execute the plan.

Yuzvendra Chahal is up for a chat, he says that after two overs he saw that the ball was gripping and hence he changed his line Tells that he is bowling more googlies and tossed up balls and he is happy with today's performance. Venkatesh Iyer joins him, he says that it was a good series for him and long may it continue. Says that he has to be flexible to bat at any position. Tells that he adapts to whatever situation is required and will look to better that.

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Earlier in the day, after electing to bat, Rohit and Kishan got India off to a flier. They did lose their way in the middle overs but the lower order came to the fore and took them to a really good total which in the end proved to be enough by quite some margin.

For India, Axar Patel was brilliant. However, all the bowlers played their part with the ball. Except for Kumar all had a wicket at least. Overall, it was a complete performance from the hosts.

The problem for Kiwis was they were 3 down inside the Powerplay and from then on, it was always going to be an uphill task. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert then did form a partnership but once Guptill fell, it was a procession. Just the three batters scored in double figures and with that scorecard, chasing a big total is not possible.

An emphatic win then for India to inflict the clean sweep! We all thought it was an advantage to Kiwis when they got the chance of chasing but the wicket seemed to have gotten slower. The ball was gripping and sticking a lot more and in the end, the Kiwis have fallen well short.

Deepak Chahar to Lockie Ferguson, OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! A short ball, outside off. Lockie Ferguson looks to pull but gets a top edge, in the air and towards mid on where Deepak Chahar settles under it and takes a simple catch. INDIA WIN BY 73 RUNS AND CLINCH THE SERIES BY 3-0.
Deepak Chahar to Trent Boult, Length ball, on the pads, Boult nudges it to deep square leg for a single.
Harshal Patel to Trent Boult, Very full, on middle, drilled down to long on for one run.
Harshal Patel to Lockie Ferguson, Short and on middle, pulled away to square leg for a single.
Harshal Patel to Lockie Ferguson, WIDE! Down the leg side. Ferguson looks to heave it but misses.
Harshal Patel to Lockie Ferguson, SIX! Ferguson comes down the track, he gets to the pitch of the ball and smacks it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
Harshal Patel to Lockie Ferguson, Length and on middle, Ferguson looks to pull but misses.
Harshal Patel to Lockie Ferguson, SIX! That is huge! On middle, Ferguson smashes it over the long on fence. 100 up for the Kiwis.

Trent Boult is the last man in.

Harshal Patel to Ish Sodhi, OUT! TAKEN! Another one bites the dust! On middle, this is lofted down towards long on. The fielder runs to his left and takes an easy catch.
Venkatesh Iyer to Ish Sodhi, Just short! On middle, Sodhi looks to pull, it goes off the top edge, towards long on. The fielder runs in but it lands short. A single.
Venkatesh Iyer to Ish Sodhi, Full and outside off, Sodhi slashes but misses.
Venkatesh Iyer to Lockie Ferguson, Fuller and on off, this is hit down to long off for one.
Venkatesh Iyer to Lockie Ferguson, A slower short one on the body, Ferguson looks to pull but misses.
Venkatesh Iyer to Lockie Ferguson, Shorter and outside off, this one stays a touch low. Ferguson looks to pull but misses.

Lockie Ferguson is the new man in.

Venkatesh Iyer to Adam Milne, OUT! TAKEN! Iyer has his first! Not the best of balls, short and outside off, this is slapped hard but to covers where Rohit Sharma takes a simple catch.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ish Sodhi, Short and outside off. Sodhi shuffles and defends it out. 
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ish Sodhi, A googly now but this one stays low. Sodhi looks to heave but gets beaten as this one does not bounce much. 
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ish Sodhi, Short and outside off. Sodhi looks to cut but misses.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Adam Milne, On middle, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.
Yuzvendra Chahal to Adam Milne, Full and way outside off. Milne looks to defend but gets an outside edge. Falls just short of the first slip. 
Yuzvendra Chahal to Adam Milne, A flatter ball, angling on the pads. Milne misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, A short ball by Chahar. Sodhi swings and misses.
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, FOUR! Ishan Kishan with some mistakes now, rare one from him today. A length ball, outside off. Sodhi smashes it towards deep cover. Ishan Kishan runs across but over-rans it and the ball rolls behind him for a boundary. 
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, FOUR! A full ball, on off. Ish Sodhi lofts it over mid off for a boundary. 
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, A length ball, on off. Sodhi defends it towards mid off.
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, On middle, on a length. Blocked out.
Deepak Chahar to Mitchell Santner, OUT! Mitchell Santner is RUN OUT! Kishan with an absolutely wonderful piece of fielding. On the pads, this is flicked with soft hands to mid-wicket. Kishan charges from the deep, gathers and scores a direct hit to the keeper's end. The batters were looking for a couple but Santner did not see this coming.

Another run out appeal and this time the batter is surely short.

Harshal Patel to Adam Milne, SIX! THUMPED! A full ball, on middle. Milne hits it high in the air but well enough to clear the long on fence as well. 
Harshal Patel to Adam Milne, Short in length, on off. Milne taps it to point.
Harshal Patel to Mitchell Santner, Length and outside off. Santner slaps it to sweeper cover for a single.

Adam Milne walks out to bat!

Harshal Patel to James Neesham, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! Fine catch from Rishabh Pant and the last called batsman walks back. A length ball, on middle. James Neesham swings across the line and manages a top edge towards short third man. Rishabh Pant calls for it and runs across. The ball was swirling around and Pant did extremely well to judge it and pouch it. 
Harshal Patel to James Neesham, Length again, on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
Harshal Patel to James Neesham, On a length, on off. Neesham keeps it out. 
Venkatesh Iyer to Mitchell Santner, Now serves a full ball, outside off. Mitchell Santner fails to dig it out. 109 needed in 48 balls.