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IND Vs NZ, 3rd T20I: India Clean Sweep T20 Series With 73-Run Win Over New Zealand In Final Match

Axar Patel won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant performance with the bowl picking up 3 wickets giving away just 9 runs in 3 overs.

Now both teams will square off in a two-match Test series, beginning Thursday in Kanpur. (Photo: ANI)

New Delhi: India defeated New Zealand by 73 runs in the third and final T20I here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. With this win, India won the three-match series 3-0. Rohit Sharma’s 56-run knock followed by Axar Patel’s three-wicket haul helped India complete a clean sweep against the Kiwis.

Axar Patel won the Man of the Match award for his brilliant performance with the bowl picking up 3 wickets giving away just 9 runs in 3 overs. Indian skipper Rohit Sharma won the Man of the series award.

Now both teams will square off in a two-match Test series, beginning Thursday in Kanpur.

Chasing 185, New Zealand got off to a horrid start as Axar Patel took the first three wickets inside five overs. Daryl Mitchell (5), Mark Chapman (0) and Glenn Phillips (0) all failed to leave a mark with the bat and the visitors were reduced to 30/3. Martin Guptill and Tim Seifert then got together at the crease and the duo retrieved the innings for the visitors.

Guptill brought up his half-century in the 10th over of the innings and the Kiwis needed 117 runs to win from 60 balls. However, the right-hander Guptill (51) perished off the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal and New Zealand was reduced to 69/4 in the 11th over. New Zealand kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, and in the end, the visitors stumbled to a 73-run loss.

Earlier in the match Rohit Sharma’s imperious form was on full display as he laid the platform for an above par score of 184/7.

In his bid to test the team’s character by batting first, the skipper led the way with a 56 off 31 balls with five fours and three sixes but despite a blazing start, the Indians stuttered in the middle overs before Harshal Patel (18 off 11 balls) and Deepak Chahar (21 not out off 8 balls) used their long handles which fetched 50 runs in last five overs.

Ishan Kishan (29 off 21 balls), Shreyas Iyer (25 off 20 balls) and Venkatesh Iyer (20 off 15 balls) all got starts but couldn’t convert it into a big score.

Having got two flashy back-to-back boundaries off the very first over by Trent Boult, there was no looking back for Rohit.

There was no preferential treatment as all the fast bowlers were treated with equal disdain as he and Kishan made full use of the of the Powerplay overs, which yielded 69 runs.

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Rohit pulled Boult behind square for his first six and hit Adam Milne (0/47 in 4 overs) over long-on for the second maximum and the third off Lockie Ferguson was another pull behind the square into the stand below the giant electronic scoreboard.

Post Powerplay, stand-in captain Mitchell Santner (4-0-27-3) was able to pull things back as Kishan edged an arm ball into the keeper’s gloves while Suryakumar Yadav (0) played a loose shot to a tossed up delivery giving an easy catch to the cover, much to the irritation of his skipper.

Rohit’s frustration was compounded when Rishabh Pant went for an ugly hoick to give Santner his third wicket in his second over.

But Rohit didn’t allow the fall of wicket to bog him down as he got his fifty with a deliberate cut through the vacant third-man area off his opposite number.

His sequence of scores in last six T20 Internationals is 74, 30, 56, 48, 55 and 56 and captaincy hasn’t changed his style of play one bit.

Shreyas also gained in confidence as he got a boundary to take the score past 100-run mark. Deepak Chahar played a cameo towards the end of the innings scoring 21 runs off 8 balls

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.

(With PTI, ANI Inputs)

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