New Zealand vs India, 5th T20I

India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020 | 5th T20I | Sunday 2nd February | 07:00
 Match Ended
New Zealand
156/9 (20.0) RR:7.8
163/3 (20.0) RR:8.15
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Right. The series ends 5-0 in favour of India. Do not go by that scoreline. India were definitely the better side but New Zealand have not been mauled. They found ways to hurt themselves from winning positions and hence, the scoreline reads so. Perhaps experience could help them, which might be visible come the ODIs. But again, India have been dominant in that format too. So how will that series go? Join us on Wednesday, 5th February, 2020 at 3 pm local (0200 GMT) for the first ODI from Hamilton. ADIOS! TAKE CARE!

Virat Kohli gets across for a chat as well. Stresses that he is proud of the guys handling the pressure effectively, giving him a lot of satisfaction as a senior member as they have shown that they can take the team and momentum forward in the years to come. Hopes to lay down a collective vision in front of the young team and then hope that the young people understand that and replicate it in their lives. Is happy with the day-to-day routines accepted by the blokes and acknowledges that the team will not win everyday but close moments like the ones in this series will help the young team evolve. On his chat with Kane Williamson outside the boundary midway during the game, Kohli says that both of them have a similar mindset and lay down identical visions for the team. Stresses that in spite of the series scoreline, there is not much difference between the two sides and he believes that Williamson can take his team to a very bright future. Wishes the young Kiwi side all the best for an excellent future.

Victorious stand-in Indian skipper, KL Rahul, says that every win keeps building confidence. On Rohit's injury update, Rahul is not too sure but is hopeful of his skipper's fitness in the next couple of days. On winning the series 3-0 in the third game, Rahul says that the team was willing to try out a few different things and yet, managing to win. On trying new things before the ODI series, Rahul says that the next two days will be more of a relaxing period and enjoy the climate in New Zealand. Then, he says that once the ODI series begins, the focus will be back on.

New Zealand skipper for the day, TIM SOUTHEE, manages a smile. Feels unfortunate to be on the wrong side of the result again but credits his side to give India a run for their money. Stresses that there is not a massive gap between the two units, in spite of the series scoreline and it is all about doing those little things better. Details they need to find out ways to win key moments. On the upcoming ODIs, Southee feels that it will be different personnel coming in and it will be a nice change. Adds that it is a format where they have done well, so hopes to continue that form.

KL RAHUL HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE SERIES. Says that he is very happy with his form and also the team's series result, winning 5-0. Stresses that the team was always positive and confident entering this series and it was all about executing those skills learnt from the series against West Indies and Bangladesh back home. On his role in the World Cup squad, Rahul smiles and says that he is not looking that far and is just aiming to contribute and play well for his country.

JASPRIT BUMRAH HAS BEEN NAMED THE MAN OF THE MATCH. Says that he is feeling very good after the win. Admits that the match got close at one point but says that the team believed in itself that with a couple of good overs and wickets, they could win. Since it is his first time here, Bumrah says that it took him a while to adjust to the conditions and the boundaries but adds that he eventually managed to adjust himself. Is happy with the experience of playing in windy conditions in New Zealand.

Earlier in the evening, India huffed and puffed their way to 163. They got off to a flier in the Powerplay but then got pegged back to some excellent bowling on a sluggish track. Rohit Sharma played a bizarre innings where he never looked settled but a freakish injury saw him retire hurt on 60, which dented at least 20-30 runs off the team's total. Hamish Bennett continued his resurgence, taking 1/21 in his 4 overs. Please stay tuned for the presentation...

Never count a champion out. Did people say that Jasprit Bumrah has lost his knack of picking up wickets? Think again. 4-1-12-3. Of course, the Kiwis were in a personal hole dug by themselves but what we did not see in the last 4 games, we got to see in this one. Yorkers finding their mark, ball zipping off the deck and making the batsmen hop around - not to bouncers or short stuff - but to length balls as batsmen were clueless as to which way will the ball move. Welcome back, Jasprit Bumrah. The other bowlers did their bit and luckily for India, the Shivam Dube over which went for 34 in the 10th, did not cost them the match. Jokes apart, it is high time the visitors started searching for another seaming all-rounder in Dube's place, if Hardik is not around for a while.

Got to feel for Tim Seifert. He was a part of all the three games where the Kiwis had a chance to win, only to see his side blow those chances up. Here, he and Taylor led a superb recovery, forging a 99-run stand for the fourth wicket, from 17/3, but still, their other mates found a way to lose. So poor-looking is the batting scorecard that the third highest scorer of the innings is Ish Sodhi with 16! They need a counsellor desperately.

Another sad ending for the Kiwis. Just look at the last three games - they could have won the series 3-2! But unfortunately for them, they could not capitalize on winning moments. Not sure how you can lose from such positions - 3 needed from 5 balls, 9 needed from 9 and 48 from 44 - all these in 3 separate games. But they did and hence, find themselves in such a situation. Their first ever whitewash at home.

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