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India Vs New Zealand Live Score (T20)

Date: Wednesday, 01 November 2017 Venue: Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi Match Status: Match Ended

India beat New Zealand by 53 runs

  • Now, the target set in front of the Black Caps isn't an easy one by any means. But, as mentioned before, the dew will play a big part in the chase. A blazing start and they can find themselves in with a chance. India will have to be wary of that fact and try to keep things tight in the Powerplay. Join us in a short while for the second half of this game.
  • New Zealand have only themselves to blame. Admittedly, the dew did make an impact but some of those catches should have been taken. It cost them dearly as Dhawan and Rohit went firing away. Ish Sodhi pulled things back in the 16th over with two wickets, but it still wasn't enough as the Indian middle order putting the finishing touches in style.
  • A powerful end to the innings from India. Their openers, each being given a life, set the tone for the game. Both got to their fifties and their 158-run stand laid it all for the batsmen to come. The ploy to send Hardik Pandya up the order might have failed, but then Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, especially the former, provided a late impetus to the Indian batting. 42 runs came in the last three over which saw the Men in Blue post a total past the 200-mark.
  • 19.6 That's a chance missed! Full ball outside off, Virat Kohli looks to finish the innings off with a bang. Doesn't get the desired distance on it and it's falling deep in the cover region. Two fielders there, one from deep cover and the other from wide long off, rush in towards the ball, there's total confusion and nobody ends up taking it. The batsmen take a single and with that, INDIA FINISH ON 202/3!
  • 19.5 Arrowed full outside off, Kohli is out of his crease and he smacks it down to long off for two.
  • 19.4 Short into the body, pulled away over square leg for a single.
  • 19.3 SIX! Now MS Dhoni is into the action, wastes no time to get going. Typical of him, he stays back to this length ball and muscles it into the mid-wicket stands for a biggie.
  • 19.2 Lofts it over mid-wicket again but this time for just a single.
  • 19.1 SIX! Oh Virat Kohli, you little beauty! My word... What a hit! Short of a length on off and Kohli charges towards it like a raging bull. He goes across the line and heaves it high and handsome over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum.
  • MS Dhoni is the next man in.
  • 18.6 OUT! Rohit Sharma is dismissed! But after a lot of drama. Full ball speared across, Rohit looks to squeeze it square on the off side and there's a noise as the ball passes the bat. Big appeal from the keeper and the bowler as they think there's an edge. The umpire isn't sure, so he checks it upstairs. And replays show that the noise was of the bat hitting the ground. Seemed like Rohit would survive, but then New Zealand are adamant they have their man so they review. And this time Snicko is brought into play. It shows that Sharma has edged it and he's gone. 185/3
  • Hold on! Now, Kane Williamson has decided to review the decision. Interesting...
  • Rohit Sharma might have possibly edged one behind as New Zealand appeal hard. The umpires confer and take it upstairs. The soft signal is out.
  • 18.5 FOUR! Off cutter outside off, Sharma doesn't pick it up but still goes through with the big shot. Gets it off the edge and it goes over backward point for a boundary.
  • 18.4 Moving away from the batsman, outside off, Sharma looks to get bat on ball but fails.
  • 18.3 Low full toss fired across, Kohli gets bat on it and hits to the man at cover for a brisk run.
  • 18.2 SIX! What. A. Hit. Shortish ball around off, Virat Kohli stands tall and brings out the pull shot. Hits it very well this time as it skies over the mid-wicket rope for a biggie.
  • 18.1 Dot ball, a rare dot ball. Length ball outside off, it's punched hard but to extra cover.
  • Trent Boult back on.
  • 17.6 In the air... but it's dropped! Seems Guptill has misjudged that. In his defense, it dipped on him quite late. Length ball around off, Kohli lifts it across the line over mid-wicket. Martin runs in from the deep, doesn't judge it well and it bursts through his fingers as he dives forward. Single taken. 14 off the over. 174/2
  • 17.5 The batsman works it down the leg side. One run added to the total.
  • 17.4 Picks it off his pads and flicks it through backward square leg for a single.
  • 17.3 SIX! BOOM! Take that, Colin! Virat Kohli taking no time to settle in. Fuller ball on off, the Indian skipper stands firm and clobbers it over the long on boundary for a biggie.
  • 17.2 Fired outside off, Sharma fails to connect with the cut and it goes off the keeper's gloves as well. A bye taken as the ball goes to short third man.
  • 17.1 FOUR! Another top edge and another boundary. Tossed up on middle, Sharma gets low to sweep but gets a top edge which flies behind on the leg side. Over short fine leg's head and away to the fence.
  • 16.6 Short and wide outside off, cut square of the wicket for a run. This could be a game-changing over for New Zealand, two runs and two wickets have come in it. 160/2
  • 16.5 Kohli is off the mark as he works it behind square on the leg side for a single.
  • Skipper Virat Kohli arrives.
  • 16.4 OUT! The dangerous Pandya is gone! Ish Sodhi with his second of the over, a terrific delivery. Lands it on middle and gets a lot of away turn and bounce, Pandya hangs his bat to defend but the ball takes a feather behind. Latham takes it in the second attempt and appeals. The umpire raises his finger and the Indian all-rounder is sent back cheaply.
  • 16.3 Quicker one around off, Pandya gets a bottom edge as he looks to put bat on ball.
  • Hardik Pandya walks in at No.3. He's a hitter, everybody knows that, hence the promotion. He has the license to go berserk.
  • 16.2 OUT! A wicket finally falls and it's Ish Sodhi who's provided the breakthrough. Lovely googly around off, Dhawan is down the track to hit it but it spins away from him and Latham behind the stumps takes the bails off with ease. Dhawan departs, but not before he's played a scintillating knock.
  • 16.1 The batsman has been hit on the pads as he tried to sweep that one.
  • 15.6 Flicked with the angle through mid-wicket for a brace. 18 off the over, this Indian pair has picked it up in the death overs. 158/0
  • 15.5 Short of a good length around off, Dhawan pulls it through mid-wicket and both batsmen take off. There is a shy at the bowler's end but the back-up isn't good, so the batsmen eventually complete the run.
  • 15.4 FOUR! Boult has been all over the place today, hasn't been let off the hook too. Low full toss around off, Dhawan smacks it straight back past the bowler and gets another boundary to his name.
  • 15.3 FOUR! Off cutter on middle and off, Dhawan moves inside the line and slogs it over the square leg region. Nobody out there and it's gone all the way for a boundary.
  • 15.2 Rohit has played the square drive. One run added to the total.
  • 15.1 SIX! TOP EDGED AND SIX! Think the message from the dugout is clear, either go after it or get out. Length ball on middle and leg, Sharma looks to play the scoop shot and gets a thick top edge. It's enough as it takes it all the way over the fine leg boundary for a maximum.
  • Trent Boult to bowl now.
  • 14.6 Dot ball to end the over, but still a great one for India. 15 runs from it. Straighter one outside off, Dhawan looks to play the reverse sweep but misses. 140/0
  • 14.5 Darted full on the stumps, off the inner half Sharma drags it through square leg for one. This is now the highest opening stand for India in T20Is.
  • 14.4 FOUR! Another one! This is turning out to be an expensive over for the Kiwis. Rohit leans into the full ball nicely and drives it sweetly through the covers for a boundary.
  • 14.3 FOUR! Much more in control this time. Short and flat and Rohit latches onto this with a fearsome pull. Bangs it through mid-wicket and picks up a boundary.
  • 14.2 SIX! Slider around leg, and this is a big hit. Rohit Sharma makes room for himself and with all his might, sends it over long on for half a dozen. Pure power, that. 12th T20I fifty for Rohit Sharma!
  • 14.1 Bit slower through the air on middle and off, Sharma comes down the track and blocks it out.
  • Another break in this game. The players are taking some refreshments as the groundstaff is out working on the dew again. A lot of it out there, only going to get worse as the game progresses. Also, Mitchell Santner is back into the attack.
  • 13.6 SIX! That's right out of the screws! What a hit, stupendous shot! Length delivery going across Shikhar Dhawan, he swings his bat across the line and right from the meat of the bat, launches it into the mid-wicket stands for a maximum. 125/0
  • 13.5 Length ball angling in, Sharma mistimes the pull and finds long on with it. Another single.
  • 13.4 These two rotating strike well here. Dhawan backs away and steers the length ball just wide of the backward point before crossing over.
  • 13.3 Right in blockhole from Southee, Sharma digs it back out through the right of the bowler. One more taken.
  • 13.2 Full ball speared outside off, it's slapped hard straight back down the ground. A run is taken as long off cuts it off.
  • 13.1 Fuller length delivery well outside off, Rohit reaches out to it and gets a bottom edge towards backward point. Quick single taken.
  • Tim Southee is back.
  • 12.6 Tossed up leg spinner outside off, driven through to sweeper cover for a run to end the over. 14 runs from this over, India motoring along well here. 114/0
  • 12.5 The batsman has punched the ball off the back foot square on the off side. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs.
  • 12.4 Moves out of the crease to this and places it between point and cover. Fetches himself a single with that.
  • 12.3 Drags the length back on this occasion, Dhawan stands tall and blocks.
  • 12.2 FOUR! Floated up around off, Dhawan kneels down and drags the slog sweep over mid-wicket. Clears the infield and beats the man in the deep to pick up another boundary. With this, Dhawan has now made his highest score in T20 Internationals.
  • 12.1 SIX! Saw it pitched marginally short, so Dhawan made good use of the depth of the crease to his advantage. Rocked back in jiffy and deposited it over the mid-wicket fence with a pull.
  • Ish Sodhi to bowl again.
  • 11.6 The 100 is up for India. A good start for them. It's come with a drive to long off for one run. 100/0
  • 11.5 Works it away through mid-wicket and gets off strike.
  • 11.4 Skips down the track to get close to the pitch and knocks it to long off for a single.
  • 11.3 Played to the point region by the batsman. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 11.2 Streaky way to bring it up but he's done it anyway. 3rd T20I fifty for Shikhar Dhawan! Shorter around off, skidding across, Dhawan looks to put bat on ball and gets an inside edge which whiskers past the leg stump towards short fine leg. A quick single is taken to get to the milestone.
  • 11.1 Dropped shorter around off, pulled down to long on to bring Dhawan on strike.
  • Mitchell Santner returns.
  • 10.6 Another short ball which is pulled through the mid-wicket region for one. 94/0
  • 10.5 FOUR! BANG! That's right in his arc and Sharma dispatches it. Full on the stumps, it's hammered straight back over the bowler's head for a rocketing boundary.
  • 10.4 Short of a good length, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
  • 10.3 Waits for the ball to come to him, opens the face and dabs it to third man. Single added to the scoreboard.
  • 10.2 SIX! He's hit that with a lot of power, has enough to clear the fence. Length ball on off, Sharma just muscles this down the ground. It's high in the air and has the distance on it this time. Easily sails into the stands for a biggie. With this, Rohit Sharma now has the most number of sixes in T20s for India.
  • 10.1 Comes from around the wicket and fires it full on the stumps, Dhawan off the inner half mistimes it towards mid on for a brisk single.
  • Colin Munro on to have a go.
  • 9.6 Gets close to the pitch and mistimes the drive to long off for one. 80/0
  • 9.5 Stays back to this flatter ball and punches it to long on. Single to the batsman.
  • 9.4 Fuller in length, Shikhar plants his front foot forward and eases it through the cover region for one more.
  • 9.3 The batsman opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 9.2 Makes use of his feet, gets to the pitch of the ball and works it to mid-wicket for a single.
  • 9.1 Looped up ball outside off, knocked into the covers and a run is taken.
  • 8.6 FOUR! That's timed to perfection once more, Dhawan has been doing that all evening so far. Full and fired outside off, Dhawan drives it through the covers and beats the man in the deep. 18 runs off the over, a big one for India. 74/0
  • 8.6 No ball! Another no ball, it's slipped out again. High full outside off, Sharma gets an edge which goes past the keeper and a run is taken. The umpire has a word with Williamson, tells him probably this is the last warning. Colin won't be taken off though, despite it being the second of the over, as it wasn't dangerous to the batsman in any way.
  • 8.5 Short ball around off, Sharma stands his ground and slaps it towards wide long off. Southee there is just inside the rope, he doesn't catch it for some reason. Or did it just slip out of his hands? Either way, it doesn't matter, two runs are taken.
  • 8.5 No ball! That's a beamer! Not intentional though, it just slipped out of his hands. The dew is heavy out there. Goes right over the batsman and the keeper behind, all the way to the boundary line. Five runs in total, a Free Hit on the way now...
  • 8.4 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single.
  • 8.3 Short of a length on the stumps, pulled away through backward square leg. The fielder out in the deep takes some time to go to his right and get to the ball, and the second run is there for the taking, but the batsmen decide to settle for just the one. Not sure why.
  • 8.2 Comes to the batsman faster, skids off the deck once more, driven down to long off for a single.
  • 8.1 From around the wicket, de Grandhomme bowls it full on middle and off. Shikhar Dhawan moves across his sticks and paddles it fine down the leg side aerially. Picks up a couple of runs for doing so.
  • 7.6 Tossed up delivery outside off, pushed into the covers. 56/0
  • 7.5 Googly around off, spins away but Dhawan picks it up quickly. Rocks back and places it behind square on the off side for one more.
  • 7.4 Connects the sweep this time as he places it through square leg, to the man in the deep for a single.
  • 7.3 Much better. Slows it up as he flights it on middle, it turns a long way away and goes under Rohit's bat as he looks to sweep.
  • 7.2 Pushes it quicker through the air again, on a shorter length once more, Sharma is back as he punches it to the right of the bowler.
  • 7.1 Flat, short and on middle, Dhawan adjusts well inside the crease before he pulls it hard to deep square leg. One run to the total.
  • Ish Sodhi introduced into the bowling attack.
  • So much dew that the groundsmen are out with the big rope and the Super Sopper doing its thing as well.
  • 6.6 Straight in line again, tucked away to backward square leg for a run. 53/0
  • 6.5 Skidding again off the surface, catches Dhawan high on the thigh pads as he cannot put any bat on ball.
  • 6.4 FOUR! Dhawan marches on! Fuller length ball on middle, he gets low and sweeps it through backward square leg for a boundary.
  • 6.3 Dropped! Rohit Sharma is the one who gets a life this time 'round. Fuller ball around off, Rohit looks to clear long off but doesn't get the desired distance. Right to Southee who settles under it, but it slips right through his hands. Possibly the dew playing its part already, but now both openers survive a scare. Single taken.
  • 6.2 Was there an edge? No, there isn't. Back of length ball outside off and it kicks off the deck, Rohit looks to cut but just misses.
  • 6.1 Length ball around off, cut away late down to third man for a single.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is on to bowl.
  • 5.6 FOUR! Takes the aerial route and gets the desired result. Sharma goes inside out to this fuller ball and lofts it over the covers to end the over with a boundary. 46/0 in the Powerplay, a decent one for the hosts. 46/0
  • 5.5 Lands it on a driving length, Sharma is down to sweep this time but he doesn't connect.
  • 5.4 Shorter ball from the spinner, pulled away on the leg side for a run.
  • 5.3 A mistimed hit from Dhawan. He watches the ball pitched fuller so he positions himself for the sweep early. Off the inner half towards backward square leg, where Southee gets something on it with a dive. Takes the pace off it and this allows Sodhi to chase after it and keep it just inside the rope. Two runs saved.
  • 5.2 This one doesn't turn as much, so Sharma clips it away in front of square leg and crosses over.
  • 5.1 Ooohhh! Signs of life from the wicket! Santner drops it on middle and off, back of a driving length and it turns and grips. Beats the outside edge of Rohit's hanging bat and goes into the keeper's gloves.
  • Mitchell Santner is back into the attack.
  • 4.6 Good length delivery aiming the top of off stump, steered straight to point and that'll be the end of the over. 38/0
  • 4.5 Just behind a length, Sharma with a slightly opened face taps it down in front of point and takes one.
  • 4.4 Tight line, doesn't offer much to the batsman to work with. It's a length ball on off and Rohit can only punch it back to the bowler.
  • 4.3 Short of a length offering some room to Dhawan outside off, he cuts it square of the wicket and takes one.
  • 4.2 FOUR! That's a lazy effort from Ish Sodhi! Dhawan just places this behind point and it's rocketing off the surface. The leggie at third man runs to his left, slides and gets his hand to it as well, but it still somehow goes under it and touches the rope. Southee is seen shaking his head, rightly disappointed with the effort.
  • 4.2 Down the leg side, Dhawan with a attempted half-pull which misses. Wide called by the umpire.
  • 4.1 Outside off on a length, comfortably guided to third man for a single.
  • 3.6 Stays back to this shorter ball and keeps it out off the back foot. 30/0
  • 3.5 FOUR! Shot! Boult has been a little expensive so far. It's outside off with some width on offer, Dhawan cuts it nicely past Martin Guptill, whose dive is rendered useless. It goes all the way to the boundary line.
  • 3.4 Back of a length on the stumps, doesn't rise as much as it goes under Dhawan's pull shot and hits him around the hips.
  • 3.3 FOUR! Dhawan puts away another bad delivery. It's angling down leg on a shorter length, the left-hander pulls it away and across the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 3.2 Short ball on middle, Rohit plays his favourite pull shot but doesn't time it well. Still manages to clear the mid-wicket fielder and takes a run.
  • 3.1 Good length ball around the off stump line, tapped in front of cover.
  • 2.6 Dhawan, seeing the ball a little short, gives the charge and attempts to smash it through the covers. But Santner moves to his left and puts in a solid dive to stop it. 21/0
  • 2.5 Slightly fullish in length and outside off, driven towards mid off for no run.
  • 2.4 Shaping back in from a length, on middle stump, tucked away through the leg side for a single.
  • 2.3 SIX! Top edge but it's gone all the way! The boundaries here are small so expect a lot of 'em to fly all the way, even if no proper connection is made. Short and well outside off, Rohit Sharma throws his hands at the width and gets a big top edge. Flies towards third man and just about goes over a leaping Trent Boult. Nice effort, timed the jump well too. Went just over him.
  • 2.2 Straighter in line, on middle and leg, worked away off the pads behind square on the leg side for a run.
  • 2.1 Short of a good length on middle, Shikhar looks to pull it away but gets an inside edge onto his thigh pad.
  • Tim Southee into the attack now.
  • 1.6 Back of a length outside off, run down to third man for a single. 13/0
  • 1.5 Dropped! You've got to take those at this level, should have been taken. Shikhar Dhawan is a dangerous customer and he can make you pay. Short and wide outside off, the southpaw flays it and hits it straight to Santner at cover-point. He tries taking it over his head but can't keep a hold of it. It goes behind and two runs are taken. Virat Kohli was dropped in the ODI series and he made them pay. Will we see the opener do the same here today?
  • 1.4 Better from Boult. Keeps it outside off and on a length, Shikhar offers a firm punch to covers but can't beat the man there, who dives there to stop it.
  • 1.3 FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! Just what India needed after a tight first over. Fraction straight in line, that's all Dhawan needs as he flicks it away sweetly through backward square leg for another boundary.
  • 1.2 FOUR! Errs in line and it's put away without any problem. Angling down the leg side, Dhawan just has to get something on it and he puts his gloves into work. It goes off them and away to the fine leg fence for a boundary.
  • 1.1 Ripper first up! Good length delivery in the off stump channel, moves away late and it draws Dhawan forward to play at it. It goes past the outside edge and thuds into the keeper's gloves.
  • Trent Boult will bowl from the other end.
  • 0.6 Short and flat on middle stump, firmly punched back to the bowler. A good first over from Santner, just two runs off it. 2/0
  • 0.5 Skidding off the surface and it comes to Dhawan quicker than he anticipates, kneels down to sweep but it goes off his pads behind on the leg side. A leg bye is taken.
  • 0.4 Continues from around the wicket to Dhawan, a touch short in length on middle and leg, Dhawan swivels and pulls it to backward square leg.
  • 0.3 First runs of the day for Sharma and India. He stands tall and works it past the mid-wicket fielder for a single.
  • 0.2 Sliding in with some extra bounce off the deck, takes Rohit a little by surprise and he gets hit on the thigh pad.
  • 0.1 From around the wicket, it's floated up on middle, Rohit Sharma is forward as he pushes it to the covers.
  • It's time to play the game! Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are the Indian openers. New Zealand are beginning with the spin of Mitchell Santner. Rohit to take strike. A slip in place. Third man and fine leg inside the ring. Long off in place. All set, here we go...
  • Both teams along with the officials have made their way out in the middle for the respective National Anthems.
  • India skipper, Virat Kohli would have bowled first as well because of the dew. Feels the outfield is quick and the ball will come onto the bat. Regarding the dew factor, the Indian skipper believes that it will be there from ball one and hence no extra advantage for any team. On this being Ashish Nehra's last match, Kohli replies that he has been a great servant of the game and is a true gentleman who is keen to help the youngsters around. Informs that Shreyas Iyer is making his debut today. On their team combination, Kohli answers that they are going in with two spinners and three fast bowlers with Hardik Pandya and Axar Patel providing the all-round options. Also adds that they are taking a chance by playing one batsman less and one bowler more.
  • New Zealand skipper, Kane Williamson decides to bowl first considering there will be plenty of dew around. Adds that rankings don't matter much when you are facing a team like India. He is disappointed to lose the ODI series and is hopeful that they will do better in this game. On their team combination, Kane replies that they have two frontline seamers and a couple of spinners in their ranks.
  • Toss - Up goes the coin, Kane Williamson calls it correctly and NEW ZEALAND WILL FIELD!
  • Pitch Report - Murali Kartik doing the pitch report along with Simon Doull says there are all the makings of a cracker here. States the boundaries are quite small on both sides of the ground. Mentions there's a fair sprinkling of grass, but also feels the surface is a bit cold, tacky, and his nail is going in. Questions if the new ball bowlers and spinners get some purchase. Simon adds he's intrigued to know the combinations, whether the teams will go with two spinners or one. Reiterates that the deck has everything for an absolute whammy.
  • Looking at the game, ironically, as things stand, New Zealand would be tipped favourites. Yes, India possess the momentum from the ODI series victory, but the Black Caps have dominated the Men in Blue in this format and played an actual T20I game in Delhi, although they lost. A new format brings about a fresh start and a new challenge, and you can be sure the two teams in question would be up for it. Should be a great game. The toss and other formalities will be coming up in a short while...
  • Hello and welcome, ladies and gents, as the Feroz Shah Kotla hosts its second ever T20I match in its history. There are several things to focus on, but everything else will take a backseat as the local lad Ashish Nehra bids farewell to the cricketing world after tonight. His story is one of inspiration. He defied all odds, and his love for the game kept him adamant to not give in to his deteriorating body. Made his comeback into the team purely based on his performances and now, has been rewarded with the opportunity to take his final bow in front of his home crowd. It'll be an emotional affair for sure.
  • That's it from us for this game. An emotional and a bittersweet day for Indian fans comes to an end. Their side won, but one of their stars bows out from the game. India lead the series 1-0, and this victory has helped Pakistan climb up to the no.1 spot in the T20I rankings. New Zealand will want to put this night behind them quickly and focus their attention to Rajkot, where the second T20I will take place on the 4th of November at 1900 local (1330 GMT). Till then, goodbye and cheers!
  • Man of the Match, Shikhar Dhawan says he was happy with the way he batted as it was needed. Feels he hasn't performed too well in this format despite having the capability so is happy to do well. Adds that no matter what others feel, he has always been able to play all kinds of shots. Finishes his interview saying he loves all the formats and they are all equally important to him, so he works hard to perform well in all of them.
  • Virat Kohli says it was a clinical performance from the whole team. Adds the wicket was a little damp, but his openers set the tone for the rest of the batsmen to capitalize on. Mentions his bowlers did well and the catch from Hardik Pandya was one of the best he's ever seen. Also lauds the intensity shown by his team. On Shikhar Dhawan, he states that he wanted to do well in the shortest format as he's done in the ODIs, and credits his adaptability as well. Says that he unleashed all the shots he had at his disposal today and was superb. Reckons in T20I cricket, you need to pick wickets to win games. When asked about his team combination, he stresses the importance of backing your team and showing faith in them. Also says, as a captain you need that edge and it's good to have that. When asked to say a few words about Ashish Nehra, the Indian skipper recalls that after the 2003 World Cup he was just a 13-year old struggling to get into the state team and now he is his captain. Highlights it's a wonderful achievement to do what he has. Credits him as he's a hard worker and a true professional and deserves everything coming his way. Ends by wishing him well for his future.
  • Kane Williamson says it was a disappointing performance in all areas, especially the fielding and doesn't want to use the dew factor as an excuse. Reckons when you're chasing a total which is above par then you have to take your chances and it sometimes doesn't come off. Feels his spinners bowled well, but because of India's aggressive approach he couldn't use them as he exactly wanted to. Ends by congratulating Ashish Nehra for a fantastic career and wishes him well for the next stage of his life.
  • Ashish Nehra says that he will miss all this and one thing which will be relaxed now is his body. Feels that it cannot get bigger than this. Nehra assumes he must have bowled the most number of last overs and is glad that today it was an easy one, with plenty needed. Goes on to say that cricket has changed a lot from the time he made his debut. Adds that the rules have changed, scoring rate has gone up and believes that Indian cricket is in good hands. Says that he doesn't want to compare teams he has been a part of and feels it will be unfair. Mentions that his bowling performance against England in the 2003 World Cup will remain in his mind, also his last over in Karachi, and some will remember his last over against South Africa in the 2011 World Cup (which India lost, remember Robin Peterson?)
  • Coming back to this match, New Zealand got outplayed completely. Their bowling and fielding weren't up to the mark which resulted in India posting a massive total on the board. In reply, the visitors lost both their openers cheaply and then there wasn't much fight shown. Once again it was only Tom Latham who looked capable of countering the Indian bowlers as the rest struggled. The Indian spinners, Chahal and Axar, were exceptional under tough conditions and together they hunted down 4 wickets for just 46 runs in 8 overs.
  • Great scenes out there! It's all about Ashish Nehra at the moment. His teammates are shaking hands and hugging him. A great bowler has called it quits. He will be happy to leave on a winning note, a win over the Kiwis, India's first in this format. Nehra is now taking a lap of honour with the Indian players clapping behind. It's an emotional moment for the local man. The Delhi boys, Dhawan and Kohli now lift Nehra on their shoulders as the veteran waves at the crowd. Thank you, Nehra ji!
  • 19.6 ALL OVER! Nehra steams in one final time and bowls a low dipping full toss outside off, Sodhi swings and misses. Big smile on Nehra's face! He is being congratulated by the Kiwi batsmen out there and also his teammates. INDIA WIN BY 53 runs!
  • Last ball of Nehra's career, the crowd is behind him...
  • 19.5 Shortish and on off, Santner pulls it over mid on, not much timing and they take a single.
  • 19.4 Slower short ball on middle, Sodhi is very early into the pull shot and misses. It hits him on the body and they steal a leg bye.
  • 19.4 Wide! Nehra tries delivering the slower one but it's wide outside off, Sodhi once again misses and this time it's called a wide.
  • 19.3 FOUR! Nicely played by Sodhi. He just gets forward to a full ball and lifts it over mid off for a boundary.
  • 19.2 Short in length and outside off, Sodhi tries to pull but misses again.
  • 19.1 Full and wide outside off, Sodhi throws his bat at it but misses.
  • Huge roar! It's ASHISH NEHRA to bowl the final over of the innings and his career. Can he sign off with a wicket or two?
  • 18.6 SIX! Into the stand this time. A full toss by Bumrah and it has been sent packing over long on for a biggie. 16 from the over. 142/8
  • 18.5 FOUR! Shot! Full in length and on middle, Santner clears his front leg and rockets his heave over mid-wicket. It falls just before the rope as it screams past it.
  • 18.4 Fuller length ball on middle, Sodhi lofts it over the bowler's head for a couple. A poor throw from the deep towards Dhoni and it goes over his head. An overthrow taken.
  • 18.3 Short in length and outside off, Ish goes hard at it but fails to make any connection.
  • 18.2 Short ball on middle, pulled down to fine leg and this time it's only a single.
  • 18.1 Santner has played it towards mid-wicket. The batsmen have picked up a couple of runs. Excellent running between the wickets but had Bumrah collected the throw from the deep it could have been interesting.
  • Jasprit Bumrah to continue. No signs of Nehra...
  • 17.6 Played through mid-wicket by the batsman. They run through for a single. 126/8
  • 17.5 Hits the blockhole, Santner digs it out back to the bowler.
  • 17.4 The batsman tries hooking that one but misses it completely.
  • 17.3 SIX! Clears the rope this time. It's full and around leg, Santner whips it across the line and sends it towering over square leg for a biggie. Santner having some fun at Kumar's expense.
  • 17.2 FOUR! Short in length and around leg, Santner turns inside the crease and pulls it nicely behind square leg for a boundary.
  • 17.1 Slower delivery, outside off, Santner swings and misses.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar is back on.
  • 16.6 FOUR! Good delivery but it has gone for a boundary. Bumrah angles in a full length ball on off, shaping back in a shade, Sodhi tries to defend but it catches the outside edge and runs fine to third man for a boundary. Another 10-run over! 115/8
  • 16.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • Ish Sodhi walks in next.
  • 16.4 OUT! Edged and gone! Southee once again tries to attack Bumrah's delivery which is on a length outside off. He swings firmly but bottom edges it behind to Dhoni. He is not dropping those sitters. Southee is not going anywhere, MS then appeals by tossing the ball in the air and Bumrah joins him. Now the finger goes up...
  • 16.3 FOUR! Wow! Short in length outside off, Southee attacks it powerfully and sends it packing down the ground for a boundary at long on.
  • 16.2 Shortish and on middle, pulled down to fine leg for one.
  • 16.1 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 16.1 Wide called for height! Santner ducks underneath that bouncer.
  • 15.6 EDGY FOUR! Floated full ball outside off, Southee throws his heart and soul behind that shot and edges it over first slip for a boundary. 10 from the over, along with a wicket, Chahal finishes with figures of - 4-0-26-2! 105/7
  • 15.5 Driven towards the mid off region. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 15.4 Smiles all around! Skidding down the leg side, Southee fails to flick and it goes off his pads to short fine leg. Nehra moves swiftly across to his right, kicks up the ball and it unintentionally goes right into his hands. He then turns and fires in a throw to Dhoni. This athletic piece of fielding by the veteran brings smiles on Kohli's face who claps like a little kid.
  • Tim Southee in next.
  • 15.3 OUT! Stumped! Final nail in the coffin. A well-disguised googly by Chahal, around off and Latham dances down the track without picking the variation. He swings and ends up missing it completely. MS Dhoni doesn't need a second invitation. India on the brink of winning their first T20I game against the Kiwis!
  • 15.2 Quicker and flatter wide outside off, Latham tries to play the reverse sweep but misses.
  • 15.1 FOUR! A googly outside off, full and turning away, Latham goes hard at it and edges it past short third man for a boundary. He is fighting a lone battle.
  • 14.6 Width on offer outside off, Tom deflects it down to third man for one. 95/6
  • 14.5 A length ball around leg, Latham moves back and charges down, tries to play it across but it comes off his bottom edge.
  • Tim Southee walks in at number 8, replacing Nicholls.
  • 14.4 OUT! Bull's eye from Kohli and Nicholls is a goner! Nothing going right for New Zealand tonight. Nicholls pushes this towards mid off and takes off for what seems to be an easy single. But he took on one of the panthers in the Indian cricket team - Virat Kohli who chases the ball down like a panther tracks its prey. Picks the ball up in a flash and boom. Onto the stumps at the non-striker's end like an arrow leaves the bow. The LED bails illuminate and Nicholls continues running towards the dressing room.
  • 14.3 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 14.2 FOUR! Misfield in the deep by debutant Shreyas Iyer. Short in length and on middle, Henry pulls it across the line in front of square leg. Shreyas Iyer charges towards the ball from deep mid-wicket but it spins away from him at the last moment. He tries to recover but it's all too late. The ball has touched the fence and Iyer signals that to the umpire. Virat Kohli is all smiles, he knows that the young man will be having nerves and will be too eager at the moment.
  • 14.1 Sliding down the leg side, Nicholls attempts to flick but misses and it goes off his pads to Dhoni.
  • Another dew break. Meanwhile, Jasprit Bumrah is back on.
  • 13.6 Goes down on one knee and sweeps it fine down the leg side for a couple of runs. 90/5
  • 13.5 This time Nicholls connects with his sweep shot and sends it to deep square leg for one.
  • 13.4 Skidding the other way, Nicholls tries to sweep but misses.
  • 13.3 Full and on middle, Nicholls mistimes his slog to backward square leg.
  • 13.2 Skidding away from the batsman, Nicholls pushes inside the line and keeps it out off the outside half of the bat. It rolls towards short third man and they cross.
  • 13.1 Shortish and on off, Latham cuts it to covers. Shreyas scores a direct hit at the bowler's end and they cross for an overthrow.
  • Henry Nicholls walks in next. He played a handy cameo in the last ODI and is surely capable with the bat. But I'm afraid that he has too big a task ahead.
  • 12.6 OUT! Another one bites the dust! Patel tosses this one in the air and drops it slightly short on middle and off, de Grandhomme goes down on one knee and tries to smoke it over the leg side. But he ends up top edging it towards deep square leg. Dhawan does well to keep his eyes on the ball and catches it safely. It's not easy out there for the fielders. 4-0-20-2, exceptional bowling by Axar! 84/5
  • 12.5 The batsman plays a sweep shot. One run added to the total.
  • Colin de Grandhomme is the new batsman.
  • 12.4 OUT! Bruce finds Rohit with surgical precision! Axar Patel gets his first wicket in his last over. A flighted full ball on off, Bruce kneels to slog sweep it over the leg side but fails to clear the rope. It falls straight down Rohit Sharma's throat at deep mid-wicket. He makes no mistake and New Zealand continue to struggle.
  • 12.3 Tossed up ball outside off, Latham walks down the track and drags it over mid-wicket for a run.
  • 12.2 Patel bowls it with a round-arm action and bowls it a touch shortish on middle, Bruce moves back and chops it down towards short third man for a run.
  • 12.1 Shortish and on off, Latham advances down the track and strokes it to long off for a single.
  • 11.6 Shortish and on off, Latham pulls it down to long on for one. 9 from the over! 80/3
  • 11.5 Bruce brings out the sweep shot to a full ball and places it behind square leg for one.
  • 11.4 Flatter and on off, defended off the back foot.
  • 11.3 Tickles it off his pads to the leg side for one.
  • 11.2 SIX! Up and over! Chahal drags his length short and Latham goes deep inside the crease with his pull shot. Plays it with the spin and clears the mid-wicket fielder. A biggie for NZ!
  • 11.1 Short and outside off, punched off the back foot to extra cover.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal is back on.
  • 10.6 Gets on the front foot and pushes it through covers for a single. 71/3
  • 10.5 Walks down the track and chips it over the mid on region. They cross for a single and Patel fails to collect the throw properly. An overthrow results.
  • 10.4 Flighted and full outside off, driven through covers for one.
  • 10.3 Nopes! Bruce is safely in. A quicker one by Patel, Latham sweeps it to short fine leg and attempts for a single. His partner responds and rushes. Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the meanwhile charges towards the ball and has a shy at the striker's end. Dhoni is standing in front of the stumps and then realizes it's going straight to the sticks. Hence, he allows it through his legs to meet the wickets. They appeal, it's referred upstairs but the replays show that Bruce is safely in.
  • Dhoni special, but has that resulted in wicket? A throw from short fine leg comes and Dhoni allows it through his legs and it's a direct hit. Is Bruce out?
  • 10.2 Fires one in, short and on middle, Bruce goes deep inside the crease and cuts it towards point for a run.
  • 10.1 Flatter and quicker outside off, Bruce mistimes his square cut to the off side.
  • 9.6 That ball has taken the inside edge onto the pads. They pick up a single as the ball rolls towards backward square leg. 11 from the over along with the wicket of Kane Williamson. 65/3
  • 9.5 FOUR! Slapped away! Bruce is already making space by moving towards leg and Pandya delivers it short and wide outside off. Tom chases it and whacks it over point. Nearly goes all the way. Just one bounce into the fence.
  • 9.4 Driven towards the mid on region. They pick up a single.
  • 9.3 FOUR! That's a poor delivery and duly punished. Latham is particularly strong square of the wicket on both sides. He finds room outside off and has no qualms in sending it to the deep point fence.
  • 9.2 Shortish and outside off, Bruce plays it through the gap at covers for one.
  • Tom Bruce is the new batsman.
  • 9.1 OUT! Hardik Pandya is having a dream time in international circuit. Whatever he does is producing results. He has already taken a stunning catch in the field and now has hunted down the Kiwi mainstay. Harmless delivery, it's short and outside off, Williamson stands back to force it through the line but gets a thick outside edge behind. Dhoni is alert and does the rest. New Zealand's chase going nowhere at the moment.
  • Hardik Pandya into the attack.
  • 8.6 Pushed to the cover region by the batsman. They pick up a single. 54/2
  • 8.5 Flighted and on off, Williamson goes on the back foot and cuts it through cover. Chahal is a bit lazy and it allows the second run.
  • 8.4 Another reverse sweep from the bat of Latham and another run gathered by him as it rolls towards short third man.
  • 8.3 Shorter and around off, cut through point for one.
  • 8.2 Flighted and on middle, Latham plays the reverse sweep past short third man for a run. We have seen him employ those shots in the ODIs too.
  • 8.1 Flatter and quicker one, on the pads, Latham fails to keep it out.
  • 7.6 Plays it across the line on the leg side and keeps strike with himself. 48/2
  • 7.5 Williamson opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. One run added to the total.
  • 7.4 Dropped by Kohli! Poor Nehra, this is the second chance which has gone down off his bowling. A length ball on middle and off, Williamson tries to chip it down the ground but fails to get the desired elevation. Kohli at the edge of the mid off circle times his jump nicely but fails to hold on to the catch. It rolls behind and the Indian skipper chases it down. A couple taken.
  • 7.3 FOUR! Good attempt by Axar but all in vain. Short in length and around middle, Williamson gets on top of the bounce and pulls it powerfully behind square leg. Patel runs across to his right in the deep, puts in a dive as well but fails to keep it inside the rope.
  • 7.2 On a length and around the off stump line, Latham guides it to third man for one.
  • 7.1 A length ball on middle, Williamson covers the line and pushes it down to long on for one.
  • Bowling change. Ashish Nehra is brought back into the attack.
  • Dew break! As we saw in the first innings, the game has been stopped as the groundsmen are clearing the dew on the ground. Not sure how much those ropes help. It's not easy out there for the fielding team. India, however, have got a good start with the dry ball and would like to capitalize on it. New Zealand need partnerships but at a good rate too.
  • 6.6 Gently taps it down towards covers and takes a run. 5 from the over, another tidy over for India! 38/2
  • 6.5 Quicker one down the leg side, Latham fails to sweep and it goes off his pads to short fine leg. A leg bye taken.
  • 6.4 Forces it through the line, in the gap and to deep point for one.
  • 6.3 Spinning down towards the pads, Latham clips it a bit uppishly towards backward square leg for one.
  • 6.2 Flatter and shorter on off, punched from the back foot to sweeper cover for a run.
  • 6.1 Played to the point region by the batsman. No run.
  • Axar Patel to roll his arm now.
  • 5.6 Unplayable delivery by the 'King of Swing'...Bowls it on a length around off, nipping away off the seam, Latham tries to flick on the leg side but is beaten by the swing. Beauty to end the Powerplay overs, New Zealand are 33/2. At this stage, India were 46/0! 33/2
  • 5.5 On a good length and outside off, Williamson quietly runs it down to third man and rotates the strike. New Zealand need boundaries, singles won't do it for them.
  • 5.4 A length ball around leg, Latham walks across the stumps and flicks it off his pads over backward square leg. Doesn't carry to the fielder in the deep and they take a single.
  • 5.3 Williamson opens the face of the bat and helps it to third man. The batsmen have run through for a single.
  • 5.2 SIX! Cheeky by Williamson! You normally don't see him play those shots but it's the demand of this format. Kumar angles it into the batsman, Kane gets down and across before lifting it over short fine leg. The connection made is stupendous and it goes all the way.
  • 5.1 Slightly short in length and outside off, it's punched off the back foot by Williamson but straight to cover-point.
  • 4.6 Good length ball on off, defended from the crease to the off side. Top over by Bumrah! 24/2
  • 4.5 The batsman has defended it by getting right behind the line of the delivery.
  • 4.5 Slips a length ball down the leg side, probably expecting a magic delivery, but there isn't any movement and it skids past Latham's pad. Called a wide, a touch harsh though, as the southpaw was walking across the stumps as well.
  • 4.4 Beauty again! Bumrah is keeping the batsman on his toes. Another gem of a delivery, an outswinger landing on a length around off, Latham tries his best to put bat on ball but misses. Nearly an edge!
  • 4.3 EDGY FOUR! Bumrah is bowling beautifully. Delivers an outswinger to Latham, around off and the Kiwi wicketkeeper batsman is lured into the shot. He pokes at it and edges it past Dhawan at slip for a boundary.
  • 4.2 In the air...just short of the debutant, Shreyas Iyer. Back of a length delivery on off, stopping a bit onto the batsman, Latham rises on the back foot and has a push inside the line. Gets it away from the outside edge and luckily it falls short of the diving point fielder.
  • 4.1 Fullish and on middle, Williamson knocks it down through mid on for a run.
  • Jasprit Bumrah is into the attack now.
  • 3.6 Length ball angling away from the batsman, Latham drives it off his front foot to covers. Only 3 from the over and a wicket as well. 18/2
  • 3.5 Shows the full face of the bat and defends the ball off the back foot.
  • Tom Latham is the new batsman.
  • 3.4 OUT! That's a corker! Kumar has breached Munro's defense with a toe-crusher. It's an accurate delivery, right in the blockhole, Munro tries to dig it out but is late in bringing his bat down. It sneaks right through to light the stumps. Nothing much a batsman can do about that delivery. The replays show that there was some inside edge as well before it pegged the leg stump back.
  • 3.3 Uppish but safe! Kumar slants in a length ball on middle, Williamson tucks it in the air wide of mid-wicket for three runs.
  • 3.2 A touch short and outside off, Williamson slaps it through the line but finds the cover-point fielder.
  • 3.1 Defended off the front foot by the batsman presenting the full face of the bat.
  • Bhuvneshwar Kumar comes into the attack.
  • 2.6 Slower short ball on off, Munro walks across the stumps with the pull shot but misses. It comes off his thigh pad and rests near the surface. 15/1
  • 2.5 Pandya drops a relatively easier chance than the last one! Nehra serves a short ball wide outside off, Colin advances down the track and throws his bat at it. It flies square of the wicket on the off side, Pandya backtracks from cover but fails to hang on to the catch. A single taken.
  • 2.5 Wide! Short and around leg, drifting down, Munro tries to pull but misses. A touch harsh call as it was over the batsman's shoulder.
  • 2.4 Top fielding, Chahal! Nehra bowls an off-pace delivery, short and wide outside off, Munro slaps it over extra cover and Chahal gives the chase from the circle. He does well to pull it back just before the rope and saves two runs for his team.
  • 2.4 Nehra oversteps. Back of a length ball on off, Munro stays back and punches it to cover-point. Free Hit coming up...
  • 2.3 Angling away from the batsman again, this time Williamson runs it down to third man for a run.
  • 2.2 Nehra bowls it short and angles it across the batsman, Kane tries to pull but misses.
  • 2.1 Dropped by Dhoni? Nehra angles in a good length ball on middle and leg, Munro charges forward and across to heave it on the leg side but fails to make proper connection. It deflects off his thigh pad and Dhoni behind flies to his right. Fails to hold on and they cross. Given as a run, so maybe there was an inside edge or gloves. Replays aren't conclusive enough.
  • 1.6 Flighted and on off, defended to the off side from the front foot. 2 runs and a wicket from the over, excellent start by Chahal! 7/1
  • 1.5 The batsman has played that off the front foot and into the ground.
  • 1.4 Quicker delivery, probably a googly, Munro helps it to mid-wicket and crosses.
  • Kane Williamson is in at number 3.
  • 1.3 OUT! Stunner by Pandya! Take a bow, Superman! Chahal provides the first breakthrough but it's more due to this miraculous piece of catching. Tossed up ball on middle, Guptill tries hammering it down the ground but fails to middle it properly. It goes straight up in the air, Hardik Pandya sprints across to his right from long off and puts in an exceptional dive to catch the ball. The crowd goes bonkers. What a catch!
  • 1.2 Keeps it very full and on middle, Guptill is nearly yorked as he digs it out from the bottom hand of the bat.
  • 1.1 Flatter full ball on leg, Munro leans forward and flicks it gently through mid-wicket for a single. Eyes the second run but Pandya quickly gets to the ball from the deep.
  • Yuzvendra Chahal to bowl from the other end. A slip in place for Colin Munro.
  • 0.6 Slower short ball outside off, Guptill mistimes his punch from the back foot. Finds cover-point. 5/0
  • 0.5 The ball is way outside the off stump, easy leave for the batsman.
  • 0.4 FOUR! Shot! All power. Nehra keeps it short and outside off, Guptill flat-bats it down the ground, past mid off and it speeds away to the fence.
  • 0.3 Just short of Pandey (sub) at point. Almost identical to the last delivery, Guptill forces it through the line and it goes on one bounce to the fielder placed square of the wicket on the off side.
  • Fine leg comes in.
  • 0.2 Back of a length delivery angling away from the batsman, Guptill stays back and taps it down to point.
  • 0.2 Wide! This time it's short and a little too wide outside off, Guptill once again leaves it and this time it's wided by the umpire.
  • 0.1 Starts with a harmless delivery, on a length and in the corridor outside off, Guptill allows it through to Dhoni.
  • Back for the chase! The Kiwi openers, Martin Guptill and Colin Munro stride out. It's the man of the moment, Ashish Nehra to kickoff proceedings for India from the 'Ashish Nehra End'. A slip in place. Here we go...

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4969 124
2 South Africa 3767 111
3 England 4497 105
4 New Zealand 3489 100
5 Australia 3294 97
Rank Team Points Rating
1 South Africa 6386 120
2 India 6546 119
3 Australia 5948 114
4 England 6156 114
5 New Zealand 5432 111
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 2843 124
2 New Zealand 1925 120
3 West Indies 2395 120
4 England 2029 119
5 India 2965 119