New Delhi. Captain Rohit Sharma (Rohit Sharma) A scintillating half-century and Axar Patel (Axar Patel) India beat New Zealand by 73 runs in the third T20I with the help of balls to clean sweep the three-match series. Rohit won the toss in the third consecutive match but this time he decided to bat first. India scored 184 for seven and then New Zealand (India vs New Zealand) was bundled out for 111 runs in 17.2 overs. India won the first match in Jaipur by five wickets and the second match in Ranchi by seven wickets.
Rohit Sharma Scored 56 off 31 balls with five fours and three sixes and added 69 runs in the powerplay with Ishan Kishan (29 off 21 balls) but Mitchell Santner (3 for 27) brought New Zealand back after that. In such a situation, the 36-run partnership of Shreyas Iyer (25 runs from 20 balls) and Venkatesh Iyer (20 runs from 15 balls) and Harshal Patel (18 runs off 11 balls) and Deepak Chahar (21 not out off eight balls) contributed to the team reaching a strong score. Indian tail batsmen scored 50 runs in the last five overs.
Chasing the target in front of Axar (3 for 9 runs in 3 overs) New Zealand batsman Looked side by side. Martin Guptill After getting life initially, scored 51 runs in 36 balls with the help of four fours and four sixes, but it did not affect the result. Only three New Zealand batsmen reached double digits. Harshal Patel (2 for 26 in three overs) again showed his wicket-taking skills. Deepak Chahar (1 for 26) dropped a waving catch of Guptill off his own ball in the second over but Rohit then handed the ball to Axar, who bowled well. Apart from the second opener Daryl Mitchell (five), he sent Mark Chapman (nil) and Glenn Phillips (nil) to the pavilion in the powerplay itself.
Guptill’s Chahar, Yuzvendra Chahal (one for 26) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar for sixes, New Zealand reached 37 for three in the first six overs. Rohit made changes in the bowling but Chahal was not able to show the fire on his return. After hitting him for a six, Guptill completed his half-century in 33 balls with a four on Axar. However, in the next over, Chahal got him caught by Suryakumar Yadav at the boundary line. Tim Seifert (17) was run out while Rishabh Pant took a brilliant catch of Jimmy Neesham (3), leaving India’s victory a formality. Venkatesh Iyer (1 for 12) took the first wicket of his career as Adam Milne (7) while Chahar ended the Kiwi innings with a catch of Lockie Ferguson (14) off his ball.
Earlier, Rohit had shown his intentions by hitting two fours in the first over of Trent Boult (1 for 31) on a pitch favorable for batting at his favorite ground. In the next over of his Mumbai Indians teammate, he sent the ball for six runs and then hit two sixes on Lockie Ferguson (1 for 45) to take the number of sixes in his T20 International career to 150. In the playing XI in place of KL Rahul, Ishan meanwhile kept Adam Milne (1 for 47) on target as India reached a strong score in the powerplay, but after that the spinners took the ball and turned the tide of the Indian innings.
Santner took the wickets of Ishan, new batsman Suryakumar Yadav (zero) and Rishabh Pant (four) while handling the ball, taking the score to 83 for three. The pressure was clearly visible. Rohit completed his 26th half-century in T20 Internationals by hitting a four on the third man in the third over of Santner. He scored more than 50 runs in this format for the 30th time thus breaking the record held by Virat Kohli (29). Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (1 for 31), however, took a brilliant one-handed catch of him off his own ball soon after.
The responsibility of getting India out of this situation was on Shreyar Iyer. Venkatesh hit a long six in the midwicket area on Sodhi, but Boult caught him at long on after trapping him in the net of the slow ball. Shreyas made the same mistake in the next over of Milne. Lower down the order, Harshal Patel hit Ferguson for a six before being hit-wicket, while Chahar hit a 95-metre six in addition to two fours in the final over.