- India won by 6 runs
- Batting first they made 67
- The match was reduced to 8 overs
- India won the series 2-1
India took home the Paytm T20 Series 2-1 after they defeated New Zealand 2-1 in the third and final T20 of the series. Rain failed to play spoilsport in the deciding match of the series in Thiruvananthapuram as played finally got underway after almost 2 hours of delay. An eight over a side match saw many twists and turns before a fine bowling performance by India saw them defend 67 and go on to win the series after having won the first match too.
A superb effort by the ground staff saw the field being prepared just in time to get in a match much to the delight of the crowd. Winning the toss, New Zealand put India into bat first on a tricky wicket that was affected by rain. India was jolted early on in their quest to put on a huge total as they lost inform openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, cheaply. Quickfire innings by Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya saw India put on a respectable total of 67.
Coming out to bowl, the Indians knew they would have to be on their A-game if they had any chance of defending a total that was at least 10-15 runs short of what they would have wanted. And the Indian bowling unit was at their effervescent best as they bowled tight lengths to send 6 of the visitor’s batsmen back to the hut before the visitors had even put on 50. Last minute heroics by Grandhomme failed to see the Kiwis reach the finishing line as they fell short by 6 runs to lose their first ever T20 series against India.
Virat Kohli said that he was very happy to get a game eventually. Thanked the crowd for waiting so patiently. On the batting, he said that India always expected New Zealand to give a good fight and he was nervous once the first two wickets fell but then praised his bowlers for bowling well. On the tactic of bowling his best bowlers early, he said that it is not crucial to stop runs only towards the end.
Kane Williamson credited the groundstaff for getting some cricket in. Felt that it was very tough to decide what will be a good score on a new surface which was also tricky. Felt the home side played smart cricket and that is why one needs to be at his best to challenge the Indians.