India sweeps three-match T20I series against New Zealand

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Team India during the third T20I vs New Zealand in Eden Gardens (Image tweeted by @ICC)
Team India during the third T20I vs New Zealand in Eden Gardens (Image tweeted by @ICC)

Kolkata : Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is a happy man now as Team India managed to sweep the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. He won the toss and decided to bat first in the third T20I in Kolkata, putting a challenge for spinners to test their bowling with dew coated ball.

"Wanted to challenge ourselves in challenging conditions," the skipper explained his decision.

Batting first, India played well and scored 184 runs in the designated 20 overs. Rohit Sharma scored 56 runs in just 31 balls.

Bowlers played their part well too. Axar Patel was quick in taking the three wickets to make things easier for his side. His first spell of three wickets for two runs in two overs put India firmly on the path to registering a clean sweep.

Team India then went to bundle New Zealand out for 111 runs in 17.2 overs.

Experiments in playing XI of Team India

India had already bagged the three-match series so they had nothing to lose, taking benefit of the situation they tried some experiments in the playing XI.

India rested their key man KL Rahul ahead of the ICC World Test Championship matches against New Zealand. Replacing him, Ishan Kishan opened the innings alongside captain Rohit Sharma.

The two batters fired all cylinders to thrust India's Powerplay score to 69/0.

Team put up a thoroughly impressive all-round showing to beat New Zealand by 73 runs in the final T20I at Eden Gardens.