- India beat New Zealand by 168 runs to win the T20 series 2-1.
- Shubman Gill produced his first T20 century for India.
- The hosts shut out the Kiwis in three one-day matches.
India won the series as Shubman Gill, the team’s opener, helped them overcome New Zealand by 168 runs in the pivotal T20 game on Wednesday.
At the biggest cricket venue in the world, Ahmedabad, India decided to bat first, and Gill produced his first T20 century for the squad, helping them to 234-4.
Indian bowlers skittled out the Kiwis for a meagre 66 in 12.1 overs to win the series 2-1. The hosts shut out the Kiwis in three one-day matches.
India’s victory was the biggest margin of runs in a T20 encounter between two Test-playing nations, and it was the biggest margin of victory ever.
India chose to bat first on a surface that was favorable for batting, and Gill maintained his outstanding run of form by smashing 12 fours and seven sixes in his 63-ball innings.
With a double hundred and a tonne during the ODI series, he had also destroyed the New Zealand bowling.
At the 132,000-seat Narendra Modi Stadium, Gill and captain Hardik Pandya combined for 103 runs for the fourth wicket. Pandya scored 30 runs and subsequently claimed four wickets with his pace bowling.
Ishan Kishan was caught lbw for one in the second over of the innings by off-spinner Michael Bracewell, who had an early impact.
The 23-year-old Gill responded with a barrage of boundaries, including three in a single over off Blair Tickner. Rahul Tripathi entered the fight when he turned 44.