India: 337/6 (50 overs) (Rohit 147, Kohli 113; Santner 2/58, Milne 2/64)
New Zealand: 331/6 (50 overs) (Munro 75, Latham 65; Bumrah 3/47, Chahal 2/47)
Result: India win by 6 runs & take the series 2-1
Man of the match: Rohit Sharma
Man of the series: Virat Kohli
In a pulsating last over where New Zealand needed 15, Indian pacer Jaspritt Bumrah held his nerve and only conceded 8 to win the match & the series for his side. With 12 needed off the last 2 balls, Kiwi batsmen could only manage 5 as Virat Kohli side sealed yet another series win on home soil. India successfully defended their mammoth total of 337 and won the series 2-1.
After winning the toss, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson opted to bowl thinking about the dew factor later on. When Tim Southee dismissed opener Shikhar Dhawan, Williamson might have thought he’d taken the right decision. But an astonishing partnership of no less than 230 by Rohit Sharma & Kohli, where both batsmen reached triple figures, almost threw the Kiwis out if the game. New Zealand did pull the Indians back a little at the end but the men in blue did exceed the 300 mark quite easily.
In reply, New Zealand also lost an opener in the shape of Martin Guptill early on. But hard hitter Colin Munro & Williamson put together a partnership of 109 runs to show the Kiwis some hope. Despite the skippers’ dismissal, Ross Taylor & Tom Latham kept on the run flow. All-rounder Henry Nicholls’ cameo gave some serious hope to New Zealand but it was the dismissal of Tom Latham that killed the game off for them. With 15 needed off the last, Collin De Randhomme & Mitchell Santner could only manage 8 as Bumrah once again pulled the rabbit out of the hat in the last over. Rohit Sharma was given the man if the match award for his blistering 147. For his consistent performances, Kohli was awarded man of the series. The 3-match T-20 series between these two will kick off from November 1st at Delhi.