IND 67/5 (8.0 Ovs), NZ 61/6 (8.0 Ovs)
India won by 6 runs (Match reduced to 8 overs per side due to rain). Payer of the match Jasprit Bumrah and also Player of the series Jasprit Bumrah,
India sealed their 8th consecutive bilateral series with a 6 run win over New Zealand in the 3rd and final T20I at the Greenfield Stadium at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday.
With the match being curtailed by rain, Kane Williamson won the toss at elected to bowl in an 8-over match for each side. Led by Southee and Sodhi, who claimed two wickets each, the visitors restricted the Men in Blue to 67-4 in the first innings.
However, despite piling on the pressure early on in the 2nd innings, the Black Caps lost their way, losing wickets at regular intervals as they failed to keep the required run rate in control.
Kohli’s men ran out comfortable winners in the end. In the first innings: Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi picked up two wickets each as they restricted India to 67-4 in the series decider at the Greenfield Stadium on Sunday.
Manish Pandey and Hardik Pandya were the top scorers in India's short batting spell. The hosts will now aim to pick up wickets as they eye another bilateral series.
While Hardik Pandya, the batsman, has not delivered since the last few matches of the India versus Australia series till the conclusion of the India versus New Zealand ODI and Twenty20 series, Pandya, the fielder, has hardly put a foot wrong.
While Indian bowlers, especially Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal, were the standout performers, India fielded brilliantly to disallow New Zealand an easy passage of play.
While Rohit Sharma took a screamer to send dangerous Colin Munro packing, Hardik Pandya chipped in with two brilliant run outs to keep New Zealand in check.