It was a clinical bowling performance by Indian bowlers that has helped the men in Blue to clinch the series in Thiruvananthapuram after rain shortened the game to a 8 overs affair. India have won the decider by 6 runs and won the series.
India 67 for 5 (Pandey 17, Southee 2-13) beat New Zealand 61 for 6 (de Grandhomme 17*, Bumrah 2-9) by 6 runs.
It has been raining in Kerala for the past three days and the ground hadn’t seen sunlight for some days. The conditions were abysmal, but the ground staffs and others worked extremely hard to have a game at least. And there hard work was retained as it was decided a 8 over match will take place.
NZ won the toss and chose to bowl. Southee gave them early breakthrough as both the openers sent to pavilion in consecutive deliveries. Kohli scored a quick fire 13 but was hold out to Boult at deep mid wicket in the bowling of Ish Sodhi. Manish Pandey was the highest scorer with the bat for India as he played some exquisite shots. India could only garner 67 runs but it was a pitch that had life in it.
Kiwis started it good fashion but lost Guptill in the first over. Munro also followed him next over as Rohit Sharma took a splendid catch going backwards fro mid on region. Chahal tighten the screws as the visitors couldn’t get boundaries and the mid overs were choked by the Indian bowlers. Glenn Phillips and Colin de Grandhomme tried but the former was picked up by Kuldeep Yadav. Jasprit Bumrah bowled a decent 7th over to leave 19 runs for Hardik Pandya to defend in the last over. Though Grandhomme hit a six, but it wasn’t enough for the Kiwis as they fell 6 runs short of the Indian total.
Man of the Match:
MOTM was given to Jasprit Bumrah for his outstanding figure with ball, 2-0-9-2.
Man of the Series:
The Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah also is the Player of the Series.