The series decider of the three-match T20I series between the Hardik Pandya-led India National Cricket Team and the Mitchell Santner-led New Zealand National Cricket Team was held at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on February 1 (Wednesday).
After losing the first T20I of the series, India made a brilliant comeback, winning the low-scoring second T20I and then demolishing the visitors in the series decider by 168 runs to win the series 2-1.
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The coin landed in the favour of Hardik Pandya and the India National Cricket Team elected to bat first in the match. They made one change to the playing XI, bringing in express pacer Umran Malik for leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
New Zealand National Cricket Team also made a change to the playing XI as left-arm seamer Ben Lister was handed a debut cap and he replaced Jacob Duffy in the team.
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Debutant Ben Lister opened the attack for his side with the new ball against the Indian opening duo of Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill and ended the over by conceding 6 runs.
Michael Bracewell bowled an 8-run second over and on the second ball of the over, he trapped Ishan Kishan LBW. After the dismissal of Kishan, Rahul Tripathi joined Shubman Gill in the middle and both batters played an attacking brand of cricket.
At the end of the powerplay, India were at 58/1. Rahul Tripathi, who once again batted with outstanding intent, scored 44 runs off 22 balls, with 4 fours and 3 sixes. His selfless innings ended in the 9th over, which was bowled by Ish Sodhi.
India’s No.4 and World No.1 T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav also played a quickfire knock. He smashed 24 runs off 13 balls, with 1 four and 2 sixes. India’s Mr.360 was cleaned up by Blair Tickner in the 13th over.
Then, Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya batted exceptionally well and stitched together 103 runs in 40 balls. Hardik Pandya was dismissed by Daryl Mitchell after scoring 30 runs.
However, the 23-year-old stylish opener Gill, after completing his half-century off 35 balls, accelerated and went berserk against the Kiwi bowling attack.
He played an ultra-aggressive brand of cricket and completed his marvellous ton off 54 balls, with 10 fours and 5 sixes. Overall, he scored an unbelievable 126* runs off 63 balls, with 12 fours and 7 sixes. India posted a mammoth 234/4 on the board.
Defending the target, Indian bowlers ran through the New Zealand batting unit and reduced them to 21/5 in the 5th over itself.
Then, the bowlers kept doing a brilliant job and they managed to bundle out the BlackCaps for 66 in the 13th over. Hardik Pandya bagged a 4-wicket haul while Arshdeep Singh, Shivam Mavi and Umran Malik bagged two wickets each.
Here’s How Twitter Reacted To India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I:
Indian domination continues
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 1, 2023
Match summary #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/UfxtAnR2Ls
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) February 1, 2023
Now need a Test version against Australia. pic.twitter.com/Sn3JDsGfQF
— Silly Point (@FarziCricketer) February 1, 2023
History: Largest margin of win for India in T20I, beating Kiwis by 168 runs.
— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) February 1, 2023
Historic – India registers the biggest ever win against a Test playing nation in T20i cricket.
— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) February 1, 2023
New Zealand vs Team India in
World Cups Bilateral pic.twitter.com/JUtHWX5Mlb
— g0v!ñD $#@®mA (@rishu_1809) February 1, 2023
25th Consecutive Series Victory For #TeamIndia .
— Balu Muralidharan (@BaluMahe) February 1, 2023
I wish If Virat kohli was there when the Revenge was Served
#HardikPandya𓃵 #INDvsNZ #NZvsIND #NZvIND #ShubmanGill #shubhamangill #surya #ArshdeepSingh pic.twitter.com/V7rwrEm7Sz
— Sachin Viratian (@asmylemalhotra1) February 1, 2023
This year belongs to shubman gill and no one can stop him now.#INDvsNZ #ShubmanGill
— sanskar shukla (@Sanskar_shukla_) February 1, 2023
Or ye subhman gill ne NZ ko 60 runo se hara diya hai #ShubmanGill #INDvsNZ
— cricket ka keeda (@NareshVkohli) February 1, 2023
India becomes the first team in the history of T20I Cricket to win 50 T20Is at home.#Cricket #IndvsNZ #IndianCricketTeam #TeamIndia #cricketnews pic.twitter.com/ucZJKgFtRH
— Dil Hai Cricket – Subrata Biswas (@dilhaicricket) February 1, 2023
In today's #INDvsNZ match, #IND has again scored a big total and credit goes to #SubhmanGill. Today he made a new record by scoring the #1st_century of his #T20I carrier.
The record is he became the #3rd player in the #Team_India to score centuries in all 3 format. https://t.co/4VXv8Byi7M
— Prince Chaudhary (@Iam_Prince1501) February 1, 2023
After Shubman Gill Destruction of
Kiwi Bowling (5th Indian to score T-20I century #HardikPandya𓃵
Returned his Best Bowling figures
For Team India 4/16 & Nearly Beat New Zealand by an Innings margin
(by 168 runs)#INDvsNZ#shubhamangill#PrithviShaw#NZvIND#INDvsNZ3rdT20 pic.twitter.com/9jgRLmuYtA
— MTvalluvan (@MTvalluvan) February 1, 2023
India win the decider T20I match against New Zealand by 168 runs.#shubhamangill #SuryakumarYadav #HardikPandya𓃵 #T20I pic.twitter.com/WvRsfpDD70
— Rohit Kumar (@rohit22yard) February 1, 2023
Biggest win in T20I Internationals in terms of runs:- (Against test playing nation)
•India – 168* vs NZ.
•Pakistan – 143 vs WI.
•England – 137 vs WI. #INDvsNZ3rdT20 #IndvsNZ #IndvsNZ
— Kakabhukal (@kakabhukal) February 1, 2023
India's top scorer gill has scored 53% of the total runs of India.
daryl mitchell of NZ has also scored 53% of the total runs nz scored today. #INDvsNZ
— Santosh kumarYadav (@sky0771994gmail) February 1, 2023
Another T20 series has been won by India, what a great victory and what a tremendous performance by our Indian cricket team@BCCI@ShubmanGill@hardikpandya7#INDvsNZ
— Aman Kumar (@AmanKumCh) February 1, 2023
This is the first time ever that NZ has lost all 10 wickets to pace against any team in a T20I inning #INDvsNZ #NZvIND
— Sanket Tendulkar (@Sanket10dulkar) February 1, 2023
GILL BEATS NEWZEALAND BY 60 RUNS!! #INDvsNZ #NZvsIND #shubhamangill #T20I
— Curious Soul (@livelovelearn02) February 1, 2023
India have lost the first match of a bilateral T20I rubber (min 3 games) on ten occasions. They ended up winning seven of those series while two ended in stalemates (only defeat came in New Zealand in 2019).#INDvsNZ
— Deepu Narayanan (@deeputalks) February 1, 2023
Well played Team India.
Wonderful captaincy #hardikpandya #IndvsNZ
— DINESH DADHICH (@DineshD7737) February 1, 2023
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