After the rain spoiled the gameplay, the hosts managed to secure a 6-run win over the Black Caps in the deciding game of the T-20 series. As the weather forecast report said, the mighty rain obstructed the game and the game was reduced to eight overs per side. Stroke-making was not easy under such conditions so the hosts could all manage was the total of 67/5 with the mixed effort of the middle order.
After both the opening batsmen had gone to pavilion, Kohli boosted up India’s scorecard by smashing a couple of classy shots. But he soon got caught at deep mid wicket position by Boult. He scored a total of 13 runs with an impressive strike rate of 216.67. The newcomer Shreyas failed to impress the audience as he only scored 6 runs in 6 balls. Pandey and Pandya hit some impressive shots and India managed to get a defendable target.
The pace pair of Southee and Boult again managed to trouble the Indian Batsmen and lead the Kiwi bowlers to restrict India to a chasable target. Southee crumbled Indian top order by taking wickets of Rohit and Dhawan in the consecutive balls of third over.
The fielding performance of New Zealand was awesome. New Zealand fielders took some impressive catches and helped bowlers to maintain their influence on India batsmen. But the batsmen could have done it better as they had the idea how the pitch was going to play out. The first two overs of New Zealand batting were quite tough and this built some pressure on the Kiwi batsmen and they failed to secure the series win on the hosts.
Indian bowlers bowled extremelly well and at last secured a comfortable win for India.Jasprit Bumrah was awarded the Man of the match and Man of the Series for his awesome bowling performance with figures 2/9 in the decider. Again, he proved that he is the best bowler in the shortest format of the game.He along with Bhuvi set up the first two exceptional overs to build a pressure on the Kiwis. Chahal also played a great part in India’s win over Kiwis with the economy of 4.0 but he could not find a wicket.
The credits should also be given to Indian fielders who cooperated with the bowlers to let the Kiwi wickets fall in the regular intervals of time. Pandya contributed in the game by his batting scoring 14 runs with a strike rate of 140.0 and his tremendous fielding with excellent run outs of Williamson and Bruce. From here, the Black Caps lose their confidence to win away.
MS Dhoni has now told his haters that he is still a fit and important player for India. His wicket-keeping has been awesome and played a crucial role in India’s win. He boosted up the confidence to the bowlers by his excellent work behind the wickets and had contributed in some of the crucial wickets falls of the opponent team.
At the end, the hosts managed to win another domestic series heading towards their winning way. The Black Caps were clinical in their performances but it was their misfortune as they could not overcome the mighty Indian side. They managed to give a tough challenge to the hosts.