New Zealand, in their own conditions, were expected to give India a run for their money. However, it was their self-destruction which kept making an appearance to give visitors a memorable 5-0 series victory in the five-match T20I series.
In the final contest of the series, stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and batted first. The decision saw India mustering 163 runs – a total which by no means looked out of the reach of the Kiwis. Particularly, after the Shivam Dube’s over which went for 34 runs, New Zealand installed themselves in the driving seat.
However, they lost their 6 wickets for 25 runs to lose a game which was within their grasp. The chief architect of the destruction proved to be the paceman Jasprit Bumrah who delivered an iconic bowling show. In his quota of 4 overs, the 26-year old picked 3 key wickets, giving away only 12 runs to derail the chase of Blackcaps. Moreover, he bowled a maiden over which was his 7th in T20I cricket, making him the bowler with most maiden overs in this format of the game. Without any surprises, he went on to pick the player of the match award.