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IND vs NZ, 3rd T20I: Live Blog, Minute-to-Minute Updates, Tweets, Videos and More

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Player of the Series: Hardik Pandya

Player of the Match: Shubman Gill

10:10 PM IST: A thoroughly dominant performance from India as they win this game by a massive 168 runs to win the series 2-1. There was only one team that turned up in Ahmedabad today and that was India. The Kiwis have been blown away, to say the least.  

Chasing a massive target of 235 for the win, the Kiwis were never really in the contest as they lost wickets at regular intervals. They lost 5 wickets in the powerplay and were 8 down by the time 10 overs were completed. The skipper Mitchell Santner got into double figures as he scored 13 runs and Daryl Mitchell top-scored with 35 off 25 balls as the visitors were bundled out for 66 in 12.1 overs. This is New Zealand's third-lowest total in T20IS. 3 extras were given by the fielding side. 

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All the Indian bowlers bowled well today. Skipper Hardik Pandya was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 4/16 in 4 overs. A couple of wickets apiece for Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, and Shivam Mavi. It was the pacers that stole the show as Kuldeep bowled just one over and Washington did not bowl any over. He was not required to if one is brutally honest.

Winning the toss and opting to bat first, India lost Ishan Kishan early for 1. Rahul Tripathi came all guns blazing for his 44 runs off 22 balls. But after he left, it was the Shubman Gill show. He started slowly and gathered momentum to get himself a brilliant hundred. This is his maiden T20I hundred. He carried his bat as he stayed unbeaten on 126* off 63 balls. Surya Kumar Yadav chipped in with a crucial 24 off 13 balls. The skipper Hardik Pandya played a cameo of 30 runs off 17 balls as India reached 234/4 in 20 overs with 7 extras given by the fielding side.

It was a hard day for the New Zealand bowlers and some bizarre tactical calls by the Kiwis. Michael Bracewell bowled just one over and picked up a wicket. Daryl Mitchell bowled a brilliant last over and got a wicket, but did not bowl anywhere else. Blair Tickner and Ish Sodhi got a wicket each. But they were taken to the cleaners much like all the bowlers on show.  

So, India wins by 168 runs to win the series 2-1 to win another bilateral series in India. Stick around for the post-match presentation ceremony that comes your way soon. 

Some fun reactions from the fans 😅

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This is how the Under-19 Women's World Cup victory was celebrated at Ahmedabad!! 🔥

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10:08 PM IST | Probuddha: That is it!!!! That's where things end for the day. A humungous win for India. They have won the match by 168 runs and it is the biggest ever win for a full-member against a full-member nation of ICC. India win the match and with that the series by a margin of 2-1. 

10: 07 PM IST | Probuddha: WICKETTTTTT!!!!! Hardik Pandya picks up his fourth wicket. The ninth one falls for New Zealand. Now we all will be waiting for the inevitable to happen as quickly as possible.

Shakir: This is a bashing!! Complete domination from India and New Zealand were never in this match. Apart from the first T20I match, New Zealand failed to challenge India in this tour

Meanwhile, going back to the heroics of Hanuma Vihari.


9:52 PM IST | Probuddha: GONE!!!!!! Eight down and it has been a rampage from the Indian bowling. Was New Zeland even playing in this match??!!!!!

9:48 PM IST | Probuddha: ONE MORE BITES THE DUST!!!! This as a contest is over. And Shakir now it seems it will be a even more humiliating defeat than you expected. Ish Sodhi also goes back. 

Arjun: Wow. Wow. Wow. That was a cracking catch from Suryakumar. Takes a superb catch inches aways from the fence, and SKY pulls a marvellous one. He not just just pulled the back from going past the boundary curtain but gobbled a smearing catch, after maintaining his balance there. NZ - 53/5, Santner departs. Shivam Mavi gets his first wicket in the first over itself.

Probuddha: No Shakir, I see the Kiwis going a bit closer. It will be around 60-70 runs win for India. 

Shakir: I have one question for you Probs? What will be the win margin? I think it is going to be 120-130 runs!

9:38 PM IST | Probuddha: Daryl Mitchell brings some life into the match. Hits a mammoth six of Kuldeep Yadav.

Meanwhile, this happened in SA vs ENG match.

Kuldeep Yadav into the attack now.

This match is seemingly not going anywhere. The Kiwis are just looking to bat the overs out probably.


9:22 PM IST | Probuddha: REVIEW TAKEN!!!!! The umpire has given it a caught behind. The replays show that there was no edge in it and Mitchell Santner survives.

The skipper Mitchell Santner out there in the crease.

Shakir: Umran has bamboozled Bracewell, raw pace on display. This is indeed turning out to be humiliating for New Zealand!!

9:21 PM IST | Probuddha: WICKETTTT!!!!!!!! AND THE LAST HOPE FOR NEW ZEALAND IS GONE. Back of a length ball on the stumps and Barcewell looks to slog it but completely misses the ball. The stumps have been disturbed and the Kiwis lose half their side for just 21 runs. 

Umran Malik into the attack and eyes on the speed gun immediately!!!!!

9:18 PM IST | Probuddha: FOUR!!!!!! Mitchell plays a good hook shot there for four runs. So the Kiwis are still fighting for it. 

Probuddha: Review taken by Hardik Pandya. So, is New Zealand going to be half-down now!!??That was way down the leg stump. 


Manish: The match actually starts from here. Bracwell hits a fine six and I believe New Zealand's fight start from here. 

9:09 PM IST | Probuddha: WICKETTTTT!!!!!!! ONE MOREE!!!!! or Wait !!!!! Is that a replay of the second wicket. No no that is the fourth wicket. Same ball, same shot and similar catch. It looked like a replica of the second wicket. So it is 7/4 for New Zealand in a chase of 236 runs.

Probuddha: Yes Shakir, certainly I would say this is how redemption looks like. 

Shakir: New Zealand are now 5/3. Wait, I have seen this before...Yes, now they know how it feel!!

9:04 PM IST | Probuddha: WICKETTTTTT!!!!!! Third one down. This time it is Chapman. It is really become too one-sided. The Kiwis need to buckle up.

Probuddha: Shakir, I think Shubman Gill alone scored those runs for Zeeshan.

Shakir: Before the start of the match Zeeshan Naiyer said India will not score more than 125. Now, we can't find him...Guys, please let us know if you find him!!

Manish: This is getting too one-sided. Come on Kiwis!!!! Show some fight please.

Shakir: Finn Allen is a very important wicket, he is someone who can score quickly and now Conway departs. This can get humiliating for the Kiwis!!

9:00 PM IST | Probuddha: WICKET!!!!!! ONE MORE DOWN!!!!!!!! This time Conway plays it in the air and straight to the hands of the man at mid-off. India is completely in the driving's seat 

Most runs from Boundaries in a T20I Inning (Indians)
108 - Rohit vs SL
92 - Surya vs ENG
90 - Gill vs NZ
86 - Surya vs NZ
84 - Kohli vs AFG
82 - Surya vs SL

8:57 PM IST| Probuddha: WICKET!!!!!!! Finn Allenn goes. Hardik Pandya strikes and this is not what the Kiwis would have hoped for at all. 

Manish: This is a boring start. Single-doubles will not be good enough for them.

Probuddha: Yes, Shakir that is a great take. Especially as long as Bracewell and Allen are out there nothing can be predicted. 

Shakir: If cricket teaches you anything, it's that you can never count the Kiwis out of a contest. Yes, this is a stiff target but the Blackcaps do have the power in their setup to chase this!!

The Indian team in a huddle. But before that let us look at some records that Shubman have breached today.

Shubman Gill
First 35 balls - 50 runs
Next 28 balls - 76 runs

Youngest to Score Century in all formats
22yr 127d - Ahmed Shahzad
23yr 146d - Shubman Gill*
23yr 241d - Suresh Raina
24yr 131d - KL Rahul

The second innings is about to start. The Kiwis are out there to face an uphill task here. Let us see what happens here. 

Probuddha: After that breath taking innings I would like to say Superman, Shubman.


8:41 PM IST | Arijit: Are we in for a run-feast? Time will tell us. But for now, it was the Shubman Gill Show at his IPL home ground, the Motera Stadium, Ahmedabad. Sixes were raining cats and dogs and the Indian side tore apart the Black Caps bowlers in the series decider.

India managed to post a total of 234 runs with the loss of four wickets with Shubman Gill (126* of 63 balls) stockpiling a century. Now, he has the highest individual score in T20Is by an Indian.

Earlier, Indian skipper Hardik Pandya won the toss and opted to field first. Debutant Ben Lister started proceedings with the ball in hand. They used three different bowlers in the first half with Michael Bracewell and Lockie Ferguson following. Bracewell struck in his first over straightaway as Ishan Kishan failed to get bat first on an off-spinner that didn’t turn much. 

Soon, Rahul Tripathi came out with an aggressive intent and made sure that a couple of boundaries are smashed around the park. Shubman Gill played some fascinating shots and elegance was personified. He went on to cross the 50-runs mark in no time while Tripathi played the role of an aggressor. He tonked sixes and fours for fun and fell short of a half-century by 6 runs.

Suryakumar Yadav ensured that there is no disturbance in the run-scoring rate. He came in and played some outrageous shots but eventually failed to convert.

Hardik Pandya arrived at the scene and soon took the role of an anchor. Gill switched gears in no time and harrumphed sixes all around the ground. Be it the pacers or be it the spinners, Gill tore apart each one of them. He raced to his maiden T20I century and brought up some fireworks.

Hardik went dismissed at the fag end of the innings and soon an economical over followed in the last over. Daryl Mitchell who bowled his first over at the ultimate end gave away only 6 runs.

The Kiwis need 235 runs to win and stay tuned as the chase begins shortly.

A glimpse of how Shubman Gill brought down hell on the Kiwi bowlers.

Shakir: Well, we definitely need a breather after this breath-taking innings. Mitchell did finish well for the Kiwis but boy ohh boy!! What an innings from Shubman Gill. He has truly entered beast mode and is making every opportunity count. This lad is made for Greatness!!

8:39 PM IST | Probuddha: So that is the end of an action packed first innings in the third and final T20I of the series. India have posted 234/4 in their 20 overs and the Kiwis have a mountain to climb.

126 (63)* by Shubman Gill, this is the highest individual score by an Indian batter in T20Is. he surpassed Virat Kohli's 122 against Afghanistan. 

8:37 PM IST | Probuddha: Review has been taken by New Zealand. Short ball and Gill looks to cut the ball. The bowling team feels there is an outside edge and have taken the review. But the replays show that there was no bat in it.


Highest Scores by India in T20Is:
260/5 vs SL
245/3 vs WI
240/3 vs WI

Pandya gets dismissed at the starting of the last over.

8:31 PM IST | Probuddha: MAN!!!!!!! Another SIX!!!!!!!! There is no respite for any bowler here from Shubman Gill. As they say - " Gill is seeing it like a football now". 

Did you Know: Gill is the 5th Indian batter to score a century in all three formats after Raina, Rohit, KL & Virat!! And he is the Youngest to do so...

Wonderful Effort!!!! Michael Bracewell saves a boundary there with a flying effort in the deep. 

8: 26 PM IST | Probuddha: The Indian batters are now hitting six for fun. The ball just needs to touch the bat and it will sail away for SIX runs.

Probuddha: Yes Yes, he got very little time to react. I think he was thinking about Gill's normal batting pace. Our friend Arnav failed to intercept the Superhuman Mode Shubman is on today. 

Shakir: Our friend Arnav told us that he will start writing Gill's century article when he reaches 90....he is batting on 80 as of now. There's time!! Well Mr. Arnav, 6 balls is what it took to get him there and now he is still completing it!!

HUNDRED!!!!!!! Maiden T20I Hundred for Gill. Wonderful inside out shot over the extra cover region to bring up the century. He has been in a destructive form tonight. 


WOW!!!!! Straight over the bowler's head for four runs. Brilliant, brilliant batting by Hardik here.

That is Gill for you today!!!!!!

8:19 PM IST | Probuddha: OH DROPEEDDD!!!!!! Gill gets a life. It was a tough chance but he could have been dismissed there. And there you go adding salt to injury. He hits a SIX of the very next ball and is now on 96, four more runs to go. He has damaged the shape of the ball there and the umpires are changing the ball. 

8:16 PM IST | Probuddha: GILL is in SUPERMAN MODE!!!! A straight six followed up by a delicate four. I don't think there is anyone other than Gill himself, who can stop him here. 

Shakir: Gill closing in on a maiden T20I century. Can he get there? Looking the way he is tonking the ball, the answer is a hundred times YES!!

8:12 PM IST | Probuddha: WHAT A SHOT!!!!!!! Good length ball and Gill plants his front foot and lofts the ball over the mid-wicket fence for six runs. And as we say one more!!!!! SIX MORE!!!!! Two consecutive big hits by Gill. This is some hitting by number '77'.

A 220 is what the Indians should target from here on at the least.


Shakir: Hardik is looking to entertain his 'home' crowd. Certainly Probuddha, they are firing on both cylinders...but Surya firing is NEXT LEVEL!!

That was some hit by Surya and is a sight to enjoy even after he has been dismissed. 

Probuddha: India have the firepower to still take it well past 200. And Shakir I don't think this will effect the scoring rate too much. See as we speak there is a SIX by Gill. 

Shakir: What do you think Probs? What is India going to score here? With Surya gone that surely is going to have a difference of 15-20 runs

8:00 PM IST | Probuddha: Hardik starts off with a boundary. So, its Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandya out there for India. They know this venue quite nicely. Can the TITANS take India to a formidable total? Let's see.

The Skipper Hardik Pandya walks out into the crease.

7:58 PM IST | Probuddha:  I might as well stop praising the batter from here on. Just as I was saying Suryakumar falls trying to clear the mid-wicket fence. One more WICKET falls. 

7:57 PM IST | Probuddha: TRADEMARK SURYAKUMAR YADAV!!!!! Back of a length ball and he lifts it over the fine leg boundary for SIX runs. 

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7:54 PM IST | Probuddha: FIFTY!!! That is a half-century for Shubman Gill. Delivers under pressure and we can say that on a personal level. He had to deliver today and from here on should make it big. 

7:50 PM IST | Probuddha: THAT IS HUGE!!!!!! Full pitched delivery put away for a biggg six by SKY. 

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7:44 PM IST | Probuddha: ONE MORE FOUR!!! and with the beautiful four Hundred comes for India in just 9.3 overs.

Shakir: 200 on the cards. With the power that is left in the Indian tank I believe we should get to 200 from here!!

7:41 PM IST | Probuddha: And Surya starts!!!! Where Tripathi left off. Good length ball and SKY stays leg side of the ball cutting it for four runs. 

Indian Fans to NZ: Second Wicket le lia!??
NZ Team: YES...
Indian Fans: Nahi lena tha....(as SKY walks out)

7:38 PM IST | Probuddha: WICKET!!!!!!! As i was saying once again another batter has been cursed. Tripathi falls playing a shot too much probably. But he has given the impetus the 'Men in Blue' needed at the start. 

7:37 PM IST | Probuddha: This is 🔥. Rahul Tripathi is destroying every bowler. 

7:35 PM IST | Probuddha: WOW!!!!!!! FOUR MORE!!!!!! Tripathi has switched on the BEAST MODE here. This is the 'intent' that India need. 


Probuddha: That is great take Shakir 😃

Shakir: That was a shot an half from Rahul (naam to suna hi hoga ;D)!!

7:30 PM IST | Probuddha: Helmet off!!! And full swagger by Rahul Tripathi. Wonder shot by Rahul Tripathi. This time inside out over covers for four runs. 

ICYMI: Before the start of the game, Indian maestro Sachin Tendulkar greeted and congratulated the U-19 Women's team today. Moreover, 5 Crore Rupees were awarded to the entire side!

7:25 PM IST | Probuddha: OHHHH!!!! Four and then a SIXXX!!!!! First he backed away and cut the ball for a boundary. It was like he was playing with the mentality of the bowler. In the very next ball he moved the other way and lofted the ball over the fine leg fence of a SIX!!!! Wonderful batting.

7:23 PM | Arnav: Another Four in the over! 14 of the Blair Tickner over and Gill the reason behind it!

7:21 PM | Arnav: Gill flicks it through for two consecutive fours. The 'Home Boy' is on a rampage here!

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7:16 PM | Shakir: Tripathi gets a close save....He pulls it but couldn't time it and it lands just out of reach of Finn Allen. Tripathi is looking to show intent but hasn't been able to time the ball.

Arnav: I would certainly say Tripathi as moves around a bit more than his companion!

Shakir: So Arnav, I have a fun question for you. Who is more fidgety - Rahul Tripathi or DK!?

7:13 PM IST | Arnav: Gill looks in full touch, drives it through the cover area for another FOUR!!

Shakir: I have been all psyched about Rahul Tripathi. He played a really good innings against the Lankans but hasn't been able to deliver yet in this series. He is looking good today and if I am sure of one thing that is he will keep the intent up till he is on the crease!!

7:11 PM IST | Probuddha: FOUR!!!!! AGAIN!!!!! This time Tripathi's scoop is out and he is able to reach the fine leg fence.

7:09 PM IST | Probuddha: FOUR!!! WONDERFUL SHOT BY GILL!!!! He is looking in some serious form today. 

Shakir: And Ishan has failed once again. You gotta say Probs, I got this for the Kiwis. But tbh he just played that one down the wrong line!!

Rahul Tripathi is the next man in for India.

7:06 PM IST | Probuddha: WICKET!!!!! and review has been taken. Just as we were speaking about Kishan's performance in the T20Is. Huge Appeal against him and fingers raised. Though he took the review, the on-field decision stands. So Ishan's bad run continues. You cursed his stay their, Shakir!!!!!

Shakir: And some spin right away. This has been the plan by the Kiwis but this surface looks really flat here. The first two balls from Bracewell skids right through!!

7:04 PM IST | Probuddha: FOUR!!!!! Wonderful shot by Shubman Gill. So we can say India is up and running. And coming back to your question, yes Shakir, Ishan Kishan needs to deliver today on a compulsory basis. He needs to repay the faith the management is showing in him.

Shakir: Ishan Kishan has been failing a bit too often in the T20I setup and needs to do well here in the all important match. His selection is under massive scrutiny.

Probuddha: Yes the spinners have had a very poor record previously on this wicket. Chahal's inclusion could have backfired, especially as India is bowling in the second innings. 

Shakir: Hello Guys and welcome to our Live Blog. India have brought in Umran Malik in place of Yuzi Chahal and still no Prithvi Shaw. What do you think Probs!? You did predict the team selection correctly but is it the right team selection?

7:00 PM IST| Probuddha: The match is on the way. Benjamin Lister the debutant will be beginnning the proceedings for New Zealand. We are all ready to go. Ishan Kishan is taking the strike for India.

Lets us have a look at the Head-to-head stats of the two teams ahead of the match.

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The average winning first innings score at the ground is 200. So, India will have to pull up their socks and set a big target in order to ensure the trophy win. 

Numbers at the ground (T20I Matches)
Total Matches: 6
Matches won batting first: 3
Matches won batting second: 3
Average first innings score: 174
Average runs per over: 8.83

The young opener is making the rounds in the social media. 

The wait continues for Prithvi Shaw as he fails to make it to the playing XI of the decider.


Stay tuned for the final playing XIs of the teams. 

New Zealand team update: Debutant Ben Lister comes in for Jacob Duffy.

India team update: Umran Malik has made his way into the team in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.

Toss Update: India win the toss and decide to bat first. Hardik Pandya is of the opinion that they want to put up a total ob the board and put pressure on the visitors in the decider. 

The toss is a couple of minutes away.

6:25 PM IST | Probuddha: As far as the news from the centre is concerned this wicket looks like the best to bat on in this series. The spinners might not be have a good time in this match, it might be a day for the batters. A run fest on!!!??? Let's see.

After losing the ODIs three-nil, the Kiwis started off the T20Is with a clinical win at Ranchi. But the Men in Blue came back stronger at Lucknow, winning the second match on the last game on a rank-turner. This fixture can expect a lot of drama, as Ahmedabad will be a run fest. 

Hello and welcome to the Live Blog of the third and final T20I between India and New Zealand, which will be played at India's biggest stadium - Narendra Modi Stadium. With the series being levelled at one each, the series could go any which way. I am Arjun Bhalla, and I will be soon joined by Probuddha Bhattacharjee, Shakir Jamil and et al.