Team India has remained exceptional throughout the INDvsNZ five-match bilateral series as the super over in one of the five matches has costed New Zealand negatively like before. India have whitewashed New Zealand after sealing a five matches historic series win over them under the captaincy of KL Rahul.
This is the first time in the history of T20I cricket that the team have won a bilateral series by 5-0. In the fifth and the last match, that has made the series clinched, India have notched up a seven runs win over Kiwis at Bay Oval, Mount Maungani on Sunday.
After opting to bat first, the Indian roller cost went to 163 for 3 where Rohit Sharma, who replaced Virat Kohli in playing XI, ridden 60 of just 41 balls quacking the ground, a knock of 45 on 33 by the skipper and additionally, restricted the opponents with defeat by 7 runs. It is to be noted that after playing a brilliant knock, Sharma was retired hurt due to niggle in his calf.
Jasprit Bumrah, who could be regarded as the show stealer, has remained highly impressive with his bowling spell. He became the first bowler to bowl seven maiden overs in T20Is. Bumrah broke a world record in his impressive spell of 3 for 12 bowling four overs at the Bay Oval as India have registered a historic whitewash over New Zealand, becoming the first team to register a series sweep in a bilateral five-match T20I series.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 2, 2020
New Zealand went for a horrendous start as their openings started falling off in the initial stages. Kiwis were tottered at 3 for 17 in 3.2 overs. Tim Seifert (50) and Ross Taylor (53) then added 99 runs for the fourth wicket as New Zealand recovered to 116. After Seifert was dismissed, New Zealand collapsed and faced a defeat lacking only seven runs from the total.
However, India got off to a flier in power play but, then got pegged back to excellent bowling on sluggish track. Looking at the last three games, it was another sad ending for New Zealand or else it could had been 3-2 series. Unfortunately, thety could not capitalize on the winning moments. The experience in later games could help New Zealand to retain their skills so they can be dominant in the INDvsNZ ODI which will be played on 5th February at Hamilton.