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New Zealand vs India 2020 5th T20I

India 163/3 (20.0 ov)
New Zealand 156/9 (20.0 ov)
India won by 7 runs
Player of the match: Jasprit Bumrah
Batting
R
B
4s
6s
SR
16
10
0
2
160
1
2
0
0
50
Bowling
OV
M
R
W
ECO
4
1
12
3
3
4
0
38
2
9.5
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On that note, we bid goodbye and hope that everyone joins our live coverage for the upcoming ODI series and various other cricket matches. Stay tuned and adios people.
For New Zealand, the worries mount as they lost their second consecutive T20Is after going down to England by a 3-2 margin a couple of months ago. This series loss against India would hurt them even more as it could very well been at least a respectable 3-2 margin in India's favour if the batters took a bit more responsibility of finishing off games. While Kane Willamson and Colin Munro were big positives from this series, the form of Martin Guptill left a lot to be desired. The spin twins, Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi also couldn't create a massive impact in this series. While one is sure that the return of key bowlers like Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson could strengthen this team, a lot of fine-tuning would be required if the Kiwis are going to make any sort of impact in Australia later this year. 
On the whole, India were pleased as several players stood up on various occasions. While the duo of KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja strengthened the claim over their spots in the playing line-up, Jasprit Bumrah also slowly came back to his very best as the series progressed. Others like Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini also played their parts in a series which possibly didn't see India at their very best. This tour gave opportunities to an array of players even though Rishabh Pant and Kuldeep Yadav might be left to feel that they didn't get any sort of game-time. 

With India not getting to play any international matches in the T20 format until a three-match series in Sri Lanka in the back-end of June, performances in the IPL will hog all the limelight as India prepare for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Although Sodhi put him under pressure, Shardul Thakur held his nerve to defend the target. The blame must be attributed to New Zealand though as their main batters once again gave away their wickets after getting the team to a strong position. Especially, after Shivam Dube leaked 34 runs in the 10th over, New Zealand would have fancied themselves but it was Tim Seifert's rather soft dismissal three overs later paved the way for a collapse which was so reminiscent of the way hosts crumbled in the last two T20Is. Jasprit Bumrah, without a doubt, was at his very best to strangle the Kiwis but 21 runs for the loss of six wickets makes for really poor reading. 

This was in stark contrast to the way India batted in the first inning. Although New Zealand pegged back the run-rate in the final few overs, India continued to have wickets in hand till the very end. 
Yet another ball there to be hit but Sodhi can only manage to squirt an outside edge to third man. India seal a whitewash by a margin of 7 runs.
Over 20 | Summary: . 6 . 6 . 1 Bowler: S Thakur NZ: 156/9(RR 7.80)
19.6 Shardul Thakur to Ish Sodhi. Half volley, outside off stump Deep in crease driving, thick edge to third man for 1 run, fielded by Dube.
19.5 Shardul Thakur to Ish Sodhi. Length ball, outside off stump Deep in crease Slog, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Rahul.
In the slot, but Sodhi misses. 
Carbon copy of the previous six! 9 required off 2 balls!


Thakur doesn't learn his lesson and repeats the same mistake of bowling short to Sodhi who is hanging back on his back-foot. Six runs over over square leg.
19.4 SIX! Shardul Thakur to Ish Sodhi. Back of a length, outside off stump Deep in crease hooking, well timed in the air under control over deep backward square leg for 6 runs.
19.3 Shardul Thakur to Ish Sodhi. Slower ball yorker, outside off stump on the front foot driving, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Rahul.
Six runs! Four more balls to go!
He tried and failed in the first ball but this time Sodhi gets wonderful connection to smash his pull-shot way beyond the fence. Short delivery and Thakur had to pay heavily for it.
19.2 SIX! Shardul Thakur to Ish Sodhi. Back of a length, outside off stump on the back foot pulling, well timed in the air under control over deep mid wicket for 6 runs.
19.1 Shardul Thakur to Ish Sodhi. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot Slog, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Rahul.
Shardul Thakur will bowl the final over with New Zealand requiring 21 to seal a win.
One of the world's best bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah has delivered once again. What a spell of bowling this has been. He finishes with figures of 4-1-12-3
Over 19 | Summary: 1 W 1 . 1 . Bowler: J Bumrah NZ: 143/9(RR 7.53)
18.6 Jasprit Bumrah to Hamish Bennett. Length ball, outside off stump on the front foot defending, back to bowler for no runs, fielded by Bumrah.
18.5 Jasprit Bumrah to Ish Sodhi. Yorker, to leg no foot movement Steer, to backward point for 1 run, shy attempt by Iyer.
18.4 Jasprit Bumrah to Ish Sodhi. Back of a length, outside off stump backing away Late Cut, missed to wicketkeeper for no runs, fielded by Rahul.
18.3 Jasprit Bumrah to Hamish Bennett. Yorker, middle stump no foot movement dropped, to short extra cover for 1 run, fielded by Bumrah.
Hamish Bennett is the final New Zealand batsman to walk-in to the middle.
Too easy for Bumrah! Southee dismissed!
Like the last delivery of the previous over, Southee tried to move to the leg-side in order to lift the ball over the inner ring but Bumrah is too good for him as he delivers a cracking yorker on the leg-stump. New Zealand are nine down now.
18.2 OUT! Bowled. Jasprit Bumrah to Tim Southee. Yorker, to leg backing away driving, missed to.
18.1 Jasprit Bumrah to Ish Sodhi. Length ball, down leg side backing away working, bat-pad to silly point for 1 run, fielded by Sundar.
Twenty-four from the last two overs is achievable but with Bumrah set to bowl this, it looks really difficult for New Zealand.
Cracking shot to give New Zealand some hope!
The final delivery is just bowled a tad bit closer when compared the previous deliveries in the over and Tim Southee makes good use of the opportunity to smash the ball over the man at mid-off. The ball was in the slot and it had to be taken for runs.
Over 18 | Summary: W 1 . . 2 4 Bowler: N Saini NZ: 140/8(RR 7.78)
17.6 FOUR! Navdeep Saini to Tim Southee. Length ball, outside off stump Deep in crease driving, well timed in the air under control past long off for 4 runs. Southee is right back in the crease to create the length he wanted, and he belts it over the head of mid off.