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

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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.

Stay tuned for the Presentation.

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.

17.2
0
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.
17.1
1
Deepak Chahar to Trent Boult, Length ball, on the pads, Boult nudges it to deep square leg for a single.
16.6
1
Harshal Patel to Trent Boult, Very full, on middle, drilled down to long on for one run.
16.5
1
Harshal Patel to Lockie Ferguson, Short and on middle, pulled away to square leg for a single.
16.5
0
Harshal Patel to Lockie Ferguson, WIDE! Down the leg side. Ferguson looks to heave it but misses.
16.4
6
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.
16.3
0
Harshal Patel to Lockie Ferguson, Length and on middle, Ferguson looks to pull but misses.
16.2
6
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.

16.1
0
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.
15.6
1
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.
15.5
0
Venkatesh Iyer to Ish Sodhi, Full and outside off, Sodhi slashes but misses.
15.4
1
Venkatesh Iyer to Lockie Ferguson, Fuller and on off, this is hit down to long off for one.
15.3
0
Venkatesh Iyer to Lockie Ferguson, A slower short one on the body, Ferguson looks to pull but misses.
15.2
0
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.

15.1
0
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.
14.6
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ish Sodhi, Short and outside off. Sodhi shuffles and defends it out.
14.5
0
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.
14.4
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Ish Sodhi, Short and outside off. Sodhi looks to cut but misses.
14.3
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Adam Milne, On middle, tucked to mid-wicket for a single.
14.2
0
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.
14.1
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Adam Milne, A flatter ball, angling on the pads. Milne misses his flick and gets hit on the pads.
13.6
0
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, A short ball by Chahar. Sodhi swings and misses.
13.5
4
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.
13.4
4
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, FOUR! A full ball, on off. Ish Sodhi lofts it over mid off for a boundary.
13.3
0
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, A length ball, on off. Sodhi defends it towards mid off.
13.2
0
Deepak Chahar to Ish Sodhi, On middle, on a length. Blocked out.
13.1
1
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.

12.6
6
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.
12.5
0
Harshal Patel to Adam Milne, Short in length, on off. Milne taps it to point.
12.4
1
Harshal Patel to Mitchell Santner, Length and outside off. Santner slaps it to sweeper cover for a single.

Adam Milne walks out to bat!

12.3
0
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.
12.2
0
Harshal Patel to James Neesham, Length again, on middle, pushed back to the bowler.
12.1
0
Harshal Patel to James Neesham, On a length, on off. Neesham keeps it out.
11.6
0
Venkatesh Iyer to Mitchell Santner, Now serves a full ball, outside off. Mitchell Santner fails to dig it out. 109 needed in 48 balls.
11.5
0
Venkatesh Iyer to Mitchell Santner, Greets Santner with a short ball, outside off. Left alone.
11.4
1
Venkatesh Iyer to James Neesham, OUT! Tim Seifert is RUN OUT! Length and on off. Neesham tucks it to square leg. The batters take a single but Seifert wanted another run. Neesham is not interested and till Seifert reaches back to his crease, Pant removes the bails as Seifert was halfway down. Excellent fielding from Kishan in the deep.

A run out appeal and it is referred. The batter seems short.

11.3
2
Venkatesh Iyer to James Neesham, On the pads, this is flicked wide of deep mid-wicket for a couple of runs.
11.2
1
Venkatesh Iyer to Tim Seifert, Length and on middle. Tim Seifert pulls it to deep square leg for a single.
11.1
2
Venkatesh Iyer to Tim Seifert, Full toss, on off. Tim Seifert skips down and pushes it down to covers. Two taken.
10.6
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to James Neesham, Flatter and on off. Blocked out. 115 needed in 54 balls.
10.5
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to James Neesham, James Neesham tries to improvise straightaway! A googly. James Neesham tries to reverse sweeps but drags it to the first slip. Good for him as it goes off the inner half of the bat.
10.4
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim Seifert, A full toss, on middle, swept to deep square leg for a single.

James Neesham walks out to bat now!

10.3
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, OUT! TAKEN! An important wicket for India, this wicket will give them much relief! A full ball, on middle. Martin Guptill gets on his knee and looks to slog-sweep it. It takes the top edge and goes high and towards long on where Suryakumar Yadav holds onto it. A good innings from Martin Guptill comes to an end.
10.2
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, Full and on off, pushed to covers.
10.1
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim Seifert, On middle, Tim works it through mid-wicket for one.
9.6
0
Axar Patel to Martin Guptill, BEATEN! A really good ball to end! This lands on off and then spins away. Guptill looks to push but is beaten.
9.5
4
Axar Patel to Martin Guptill, FOUR! Lovely placement and all of a sudden, the runs have started to flow! Shorter and outside off, Guptill guides it through point. Boundary. Fifty for Guptill. He holds the key for the Kiwis.
9.4
0
Axar Patel to Martin Guptill, On off, Guptill pushes it to covers.
9.3
0
Axar Patel to Martin Guptill, Flatter and on off, Guptill pushes it to covers.
9.2
1
Axar Patel to Tim Seifert, Angled into the pads, Tim nudges it on the leg side and gets to the other end.
9.1
2
Axar Patel to Tim Seifert, Two more! On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket for two.
8.6
4
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, FOUR! That is thumped! On middle, Guptill smashes it through mid-wicket. This one races away to the fence. A huge over comes to an end. They need a few more of these.
8.5
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, Shorter and on middle, this is pushed back to the bowler.
8.4
6
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, SIX! Into the crowd! This is a big over so far and well could be the momentum changing one. The slog sweep is out, it is heaved over the mid-wicket fence.
8.3
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim Seifert, On middle, this is worked through mid-wicket.
8.2
4
Yuzvendra Chahal to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Nice and fine! 50 up for New Zealand. They need a lot more. Down the leg side. Tim Seifert works it fine and this one races away to the fence.
8.1
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, The googly, it is worked through mid-wicket for one.

Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.

7.6
1
Harshal Patel to Martin Guptill, Angled into the pads, Guptill works it through mid-wicket and takes one more. Excellent start by Patel.
7.5
1
Harshal Patel to Tim Seifert, Angled into the pads, Tim works it through mid-wicket for one.
7.4
0
Harshal Patel to Tim Seifert, Really well bowled! A slower one, shortens the length. Tim Seifert looks to flick but misses.
7.3
0
Harshal Patel to Tim Seifert, On middle, it is pushed to mid off.
7.2
1
Harshal Patel to Martin Guptill, Yet another slower one, on middle, turns in. Guptill looks to flick, he gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls on the off side for one.
7.1
1
Harshal Patel to Tim Seifert, Good length and on off, Tim Seifert looks to drive, it goes off the inner half through square leg for one.

Harshal Patel to bowl now.

6.6
0
Venkatesh Iyer to Martin Guptill, A dot to end! Outside off, Guptill plays it off the back foot but finds point.
6.5
1
Venkatesh Iyer to Tim Seifert, On off, this is pushed through covers for one.
6.4
1
Venkatesh Iyer to Martin Guptill, Another one outside off, Guptill plays it through covers for another single. Singles won't do it.
6.3
1
Venkatesh Iyer to Tim Seifert, Another one on middle, Tim Seifert flicks it through mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
6.2
1
Venkatesh Iyer to Martin Guptill, Angled into the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
6.1
0
Venkatesh Iyer to Martin Guptill, That is crunched! Outside off, it is slapped but to covers.

Venkatesh Iyer is into the attack. 

5.6
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Tim Seifert, Good length and on off, it is pushed to cover. So despite the biggie, only 7 from the over. End of a very good Powerplay for India. New Zealand are 37 for 3.
5.5
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Tim Seifert, A slower one on middle, Tim Seifert plays it back to the bowler.
5.4
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Martin Guptill, Shorter and on middle, Guptill pulls it through mid-wicket for one.
5.3
6
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Martin Guptill, SIX! What a shot that is! Slapped over the fence! Guptill makes room and this is banged in short. It is slapped over covers for a biggie.
5.2
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Martin Guptill, Slightly fuller and on off, this is pushed to mid off.
5.1
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Martin Guptill, A slower one and on off, Guptill defends it.
4.6
0
Axar Patel to Tim Seifert, An appeal but not given. A tossed up ball, on off. Tim Seifert looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
4.5
0
Axar Patel to Tim Seifert, This one spins away sharply. Short and outside off. Tim Seifert looks to defend but misses.
4.4
0
Axar Patel to Glenn Phillips, OUT! TIMBER! Axar Patel gets the third one. An arm ball again from Patel, full and angling around off. Glenn Phillips steps across and tries to be innovative as he tries to reverse sweep it. Misses it completely and the ball rattles the stumps. A good day for a left-arm spin bowler.
4.3
0
Axar Patel to Glenn Phillips, Flatter and on off. Kept out.
4.2
0
Axar Patel to Glenn Phillips, An arm ball, on middle. Glenn Phillips blocks it back to the bowler.
4.1
1
Axar Patel to Martin Guptill, Full and on off, pushed through covers for a single.
3.6
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Glenn Phillips, Now a googly, full and on middle. Glenn Phillips reads it and blocks it towards mid-wicket. 156 needed in 96 balls.
3.5
1
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, This one spins away, full and outside off. Martin Guptill pushes it on the off side for a single.
3.4
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, A loopy ball, on off, defended out.
3.3
6
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, SIX! Martin Guptill breaks the shackles. picks the line early and gets into the position. Martin Guptill powers it all the way over long on for a maximum.
3.2
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, Full and down the leg side. Martin Guptill sweeps it to square leg where the fielder makes an excellent stop. Certainly saves a boundary.
3.1
0
Yuzvendra Chahal to Martin Guptill, Very full and on off. Martin Guptill hits it back to Chahal.

Glenn Phillips is the new man in. Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl now. 

2.6
0
Axar Patel to Mark Chapman, OUT! STUMPED! Two in the over for Axar Patel! Patel gives some flight to this one, full and outside off, it lands and spins back in. Mark Chapman comes down the track and tries to drive but misses. Rishabh Pant, behind the sticks, does the rest and Mark Chapman walks back for a duck.
2.5
0
Axar Patel to Mark Chapman, Flatter now, on middle. Chapman nudges it to mid-wicket.
2.4
1
Axar Patel to Martin Guptill, Full again, on middle. Martin Guptill tucks it to mid-wicket for a single.
2.3
0
Axar Patel to Martin Guptill, Full and on off, pushed to cover.
2.2
0
Axar Patel to Martin Guptill, Around off, Martin Guptill mistimes his push back to the bowler.

Mark Chapman walks out. 

2.1
0
Axar Patel to Daryl Mitchell, OUT! TAKEN! Just like New Zealand, the spinner does the trick for India! A full ball, outside off. Daryl Mitchell looks to go inside-out but instead, toe ends it high in the air towards point. Harshal Patel there, tracks back and takes a good catch.
1.6
0
Deepak Chahar to Martin Guptill, DROPPED! Three fielders converged but Chahar called for it and made a mess off it. A short ball targeted on middle. Martin Guptill looks to pull but gets a leading edge, high in the air and just near the non-striker's end. Deepak Chahar calls, runs across and drops it.
1.5
4
Deepak Chahar to Martin Guptill, FOUR! Good shot! A length ball, on middle. Martin Guptill stands tall and hammers it straight down the ground for a boundary. Expensive start from Deepak Chahar.
1.4
6
Deepak Chahar to Martin Guptill, SIX! Off the middle! A full ball, on middle. Martin Guptill makes room, clears the front foot and powers it over long on for a biggie.
1.3
1
Deepak Chahar to Daryl Mitchell, A length ball, on middle. Daryl Mitchell punches it to mid on for a quick single.
1.2
4
Deepak Chahar to Daryl Mitchell, FOUR! Up and over! The fast outfield makes the ball roll away! A full ball, outside off. Daryl Mitchell lofts it without much timing but clears the infield and fetches a boundary.
1.1
1
Deepak Chahar to Martin Guptill, This one shapes away, on a length, outside off. Guptill nudges it to mid-wicket for a single.
0.6
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Daryl Mitchell, Good start for India, just 5 off it. A length ball, slower and outside off. Daryl Mitchell taps it off the inner half back to the bowler.
0.5
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Daryl Mitchell, A length ball, on off. Daryl Mitchell defends it towards point.
0.4
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Daryl Mitchell, A length ball, on off. Daryl Mitchell hops and blocks it on the off side.
0.3
1
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Martin Guptill, Quick single! On middle, on a length. Guptill tucks it to mid on for a single.
0.2
4
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Martin Guptill, FOUR! New Zealand and Martin Guptill are underway! A length ball, outside off, hint of away swing. Martin Guptill gets low and hits it over covers for a boundary.
0.1
0
Bhuvneshwar Kumar to Martin Guptill, Starts with a length ball, on middle. Martin Guptill gets inside the line of the ball and defends it.