It was an excellent match, here are the highlights. Rohit Sharma, New Indian skipper first made a statement scoring 56 off 31 balls in India’s 184 for 7. Rohit made brilliant captaincy calls which witnessed New Zealand’s surrender for a paltry 111 runs in 17.2 overs. It was a second back-to-back bilateral T20I series win with a clean sweep for India after beating the New Ze Caps 5-0. It took a brilliant one-handed reflex catch from Ish Sodhi to dismiss Rohit.
Sodhi tried to bowl wide off Rohit’s reach but gave enough air which enticed him to give the charge without getting to the pitch of the delivery. Venkatesh Iyer has shown potential and needs to be persisted with. He bowled steadily and needed more game time to become a middle-order enforcer having been a top-order player. Patel is a welcome addition with his sincere efforts but the middle order still remains a bit iffy. Middle-order didn’t perform up to expectations in any of the games.
The New Zealand team looked bone-tired after a grueling T20 World Cup campaign.
Ruturaj Gaikwad and Avesh Khan went untested but the skipper will surely use all his options going forward. Axar Patel bowled accurately and also got one to turn as his three wickets in Powerplay literally ended New Zealand’s resistance. The New Zealand team looked bone-tired after a grueling T20 World Cup campaign and the result won’t be a fair reflection of the team’s capabilities as they went through the motions for the better part of the three games.
For India, who aims to reset the button, the series win will certainly give them a few pointers going forward. For Rohit and head coach Rahul Dravid, this series was about checking what kind of ammunition they have going forward. Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer and Venkatesh all started but couldn’t convert it into a big score. Rohit pulled Boult behind square for his first six and hit Adam Milne over long-on for the second maximum. The third off Lockie Ferguson was another pull behind the square into the stand below the giant electronic scoreboard