Bumrah induced Kiwi batting collapse helps India whitewash New Zealand
Apart from Rohit Sharma, who reached his 21st T20I half-century, Jasprit Bumrah picked up three wickets while giving away just 12 runs to help India register their first-ever T20I series win in New Zealand.
India 163-3 (20 Overs; Rohit (c) 60 (41), Rahul (wk ) 45 (33); Kuggeleijn 2/25, Bennett 1/21)
New Zealand 156-9 (20 Overs; Ross Taylor 53 (47), Seifert (wk) 50 (30); Bumrah 3/12, Navdeep Saini 2/23)
Result - India won by 7 runs
India made an admirable move as Virat Kohli decided to rest and vice-captain Rohit Sharma came back to lead the side. He also changed his batting order to accommodate youngster Sanju Samson in the team and allow him to bat at his preferred batting position at the top of the order.
The move did not pay off for India as Samson was dismissed in the second over. However, an 80 + partnership between Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma put India in a brilliant position at 96/1 in the 12th over.
Following the quick dismissals of KL Rahul and Shivam Dube and Rohit Sharma getting retired hurt after reaching is 21st T20I half-century, India lost their way.
Both Kiwi spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner bowled well in tandem and Hamish Bennett did a fine job as well to restrict India to 163-3.
New Zealand were looking set for a win at one point with a 99-run partnership between Tim Seifert and Ross Taylor, both of whom scored half-centuries. The two took Shivam Dube for 34 in the the 10th over - the most expensive over ever bowled by an Indian in a T20I.
But, just like in the last two T20Is, the team suffered a batting collapse and fell 7 runs short of the target. Jasprit Bumrah was the star for India and picked up three wickets while giving away just 12 runs. Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur also bowled well with two wickets each.
This is India's first-ever T20I series win in New Zealand, and that too a white wash.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tim Seifert, Ross Taylor, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
India - Lokesh Rahul, Sanju Samson, Rohit Sharma, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah
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