As it happened: India beats New Zealand to secure 5-0 whitewash

Read all the updates of Sportstar's blog of the fifth T20I between India and New Zealand at the Bay Oval Stadium, Mount Maunganui.

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Bumrah has been the wrecker-in-chief for India with three wickets.   -  AFP

Read all the updates of Sportstar's blog of the fifth T20I between India and New Zealand at the Bay Oval Stadium, Mount Maunganui.

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New Zealand innings

NZ 156/9 in 20 overs: Hold on there... Sodhi smacks Thakur for a huge six by clearing his front leg! 15 to win from 3 balls. Oh hang on there... Another short ball and Sodhi nails it again this time over deep square leg for a six! 9 to win from 2 balls. He bowls it full and wide, and Sohdi misses with his big heave. India breathes easy. India wins by 7 wins for a 5-0 clean sweep!

Thakur to bowl the final over.

NZ: 143/9 in 19 overs: WICKET! A third for Bumrah! Exceptional as he finds the base of the leg stump with an inch-perfect yorker! After an off day in the 3rd T20I, he is back to his best again in these last two matches. He finishes with figures of 4-1-12-3

24 needed from 12 balls. Bumrah to bowl his final over.

NZ 140/8 in 18 overs: WICKET! Saini comes on and bowls it wide asking Taylor to chase. Taylor obliges and manages to get a thick edge behind to Rahul. That should be the end of NZ's hopes and a neutral's hopes of a Super Over. Southee and Sodhi at the crease now. Southee shows some fight with a four to end the over.

NZ 133/7 in 17 overs: WICKET! Thakur bowls a slower delivery and Santner skies it high into the skies of Mount Maunganui before it lands into the safe hands of Manish Pandey at long-on boundary. What are you doing NZ? Kuggeleijn is the new batsman and he is no muck with the bat. WICKET! He pulls his first ball straight into the hands of the deep square leg fielder. NZ is seven down.

After no scores of fifty in the format in the last 6 years, Taylor now has two fifties in this series alone.

NZ 129/ 5 in 16 overs: Taylor brings up his fifty. Can he take the Kiwis over the line on the third time of asking? Chahal and Sundar do well to give away just 10 from the last 2 overs.

Bumrah's figures read: 3-1-9-2

NZ 119/5 in 14 overs: WICKET! India is certainly not out of it! Bumrah rips out the stumps of Mitchell with an inswinging yorker! He could get a bottom edge to the ball which ends up on to the stumps. Santner is the new man in.

NZ 116/4 in 13 overs: Seifert brings up his fifty from just 29 balls. Back-to-back fifty for him. WICKET! Saini digs it short into the body and Seifert check his pull into Samson at short mid-wicket. Will we have another twist in this series?

NZ 113/3 in 12 overs: Rahul brings on Bumrah to check the run-rate. Seifert manages to pull a skidding delivery for a four. Six from the over.

Dube's 34-runs over is the second most expensive in T20I cricket, just behind Stuart Broad way back in 2007 by you-know-who...

NZ 107/3 in 11 overs: Seifert brings up 100 for NZ with an inside-out six off Chahal! Surely NZ can't lose this game? 57 required from 54 balls

The required rate has come down from 9.4 to 6.6 in one over.

NZ 98/3 in 10 overs: Shivam Dube into the attack and Seifert welcomes him with a massive hit over deep mid-wicket for a six! Another short ball into the body and Seifert helps it high behind aquare for another six as the ball goes through Sundar's hands. Shifts to offside and scoops it behind for a four. The partnership is now 60+. Taylor, too, gets stuck into him with a four off a no ball! The free hit is mowed over deep mid-wicket for a six! And he finishes it with another six! 34 runs from the over!

NZ 64/3 in 9 overs: A boundary from Seifert, who sweeps it behind square and NZ takes 9 runs from that over.

NZ 55/3 in 8 overs: Sweet strike from Taylor! Thakur with a half-tracker and Taylor pummels it over mid-wicket region for a four. He follows it up with a crunching hit over the same region where Sanju Samson catches it over the boundary on the dive before flicking it back behind him into play. That was destined for a six but Samson has saved four runs in stunning fashion.

NZ 44/3 in 7 overs: Tidy start from Chahal, giving away just 3 runs.

NZ 41/3 in 6 overs: A couple of fours and a single off the last powerplay over. Navdeep Saini feeds Ross Taylor's strength by straying onto middle and leg, but even so, Taylor's placement was key to hitting the two fours, one in front of square and one behind square. Leg-break bowler Yuzvendra Chahal introduced into the attack.

NZ 32/3 in 5 overs: Shardul Thakur's first over costs 10 runs. He was a touch unlucky with the second four of the over, with Tim Seifert miscuing his attempted pull and the edge carrying fine for four. Jasprit Bumrah, fielding at mid-on, is constantly in the ear of the fellow fast bowlers, perhaps telling them what they need to bowl to which batsman. Navdeep Saini continues from the other end. 

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NZ 22/3 in 4 overs: WICKET! Brilliant from India and poor stuff from NZ. Seifert hits it to the cover fielder and wants a quick single but Bruce is hesitant before he eventually runs to the striker's end. Samson does well to hold onto the ball and throws it on the bounce to incoming Rahul, who collects it and dislodges the bails on the dive. Ross Taylor is in at No. 5.

NZ 17/2 in 3 overs: WICKET! Munro sweeps and lofts a six and a four off Sundar, who bowls from around the stumps. Sundar goes over the wicket, bowls it quick and on leg and the ball goes on to crash into the stumps. Tom Bruce is in at No. 4.

Hawkeye confirms that the ball is going over and missing the stumps.

NZ 7/1 in 2 overs: WICKET! It's the man with the golden-arm! Bumrah gets one to come back into Guptill and strikes his front leg. The umpire immediately raises his finger. That looked to be going up or down leg, but Munro doesn't seemed convinced to make his partner into going up for the review. A wicket maiden from Bumrah. Seifert is the new batsman.

BCCI update on Rohit: He is being assessed at the moment and won't take the field today.

NZ 7/0 in 1 over: A good first over before Guptill cuts one behind point for a four.

Guptill takes strike alongside the in-form Munro. Washington Sundar to bowl the first over. Hesson had said that the ball will likely turn more in the second half of the game.

Rohit isn't taking the field. Rahul will be the stand-in captain.

India innings

Southee expensive again as he goes for 52 from his 4. India derailed by Rohit's injury as the last 20 balls bring only 25 runs. Can NZ get over the line today or will we have a third successive super over...?

IND 163/3 in 20 overs: In the arc and Manish Pandey nails it over long-on for a six! 150 up for India! He bowls it wide and Pandey crunches it over point for a four. Iyer could only manage a couple and a single off the last 2 balls as India finishes on 163.

Williamson seen having a chat with the Indian subs.

Southee on for final over of the innings.

IND 148/3 in 19 overs: Kuggeleign back for his final over. Dube doesn't move his leg and tries to whack it but fails to get the right connection. He is nearly caught and bowled but Kuggeleign can't manage to get the ball to stick in his hand. Dube slogs one over the cover for a four before he holes it high into the deep mid-wicket. He departs for 5 off 6 deliveries.

IND 143/2 in 18 overs: Iyer is struggling to get bat on ball against Bennett today. Just three runs from the over.

IND 140/2 in 17 overs: We are back after a short break and Rohit slog sweeps the bowler over deep mid-wicket for a six! Rohit looks in serious trouble here after attempting a reverse sweep. He is done here and walks off the field. Shivam Dube is the new batsman.

Rohit and Iyer nearly collide into each other going for a quick single which sees the former holding his calf muscle after changing direction in his stride.

Two good overs and India again looks good for a 180+ total.

IND 131/2 in 16 overs: Southee welcomed back into the attack with a four as Rohit smacks him over the mid-on fielder. That brings up his fifty! Bowls it short to Iyer and he hooks it over Sodhi's hand for a six!

IND 117/2 in 15 overs: CHANCE! Iyer comes down the track to Santner and lifts it in the air where Bruce sticks out an arm on the dive and fails to hold on to it. He comes down the track again and goes inside out; gets a better connection as the ball sails over the boundary for a six!

NZ has pulled things back well in the last three overs conceding just 12 from last three overs and by picking up the wicket of Rahul. They have also managed to keep Rohit off strike for majority of the 18 balls.

IND 106/2 in 14 overs: Excellent over from Bennett. He builds pressure on Iyer by keeping the deliveries short and into his chest region not allowing the batsman to free his arms.

IND 104/2 in 13 overs: So close that. Miscommunication between Iyer and Rohit with the call between the wicket which sees the former in trouble, but he manages to get himself in before Seifert whips off the bails. Tidy over from Santner.

IND 101/2 in 12 overs: WICKET! And the bowling change does the trick. He digs it in short into the body and Rahul closes the face of the bat early and gets a leading edge which is snaffled up by Santner at extra cover. He departs for 45. Shreyas Iyer in at No. 4. And he is off the mark by whipping the ball off his legs for a four.

Bennett back into the attack.

IND: 94/1 in 11 overs: Sodhi gives the ball some air and Rohit dances down the track and lofts it over long-off for a huge six! He is into his 40s now in no time. Who will get to their fifty first?

IND: 84/1 in 10 overs: Poor from Santner as he bowls it short allowing Rohit to climb all over it. He smacks it over wide long-on for a six! Rahul follows that with a delicate touch to quide the ball behind the short third man for a four. 15 from the over.

IND 69/1 in 9 overs: Sodhi bowls it short but it's spinning away and Rohit throws his arms at it; ball takes a thick edge and flies behind point for a four.

IND 62/1 in 8 overs: Seven runs from Santner's first without much risk between Rahul and Rohit.

IND 55/1 in 7 overs: Much needed reprieve for the Kiwis. A good start from Sodhi as he conceded just 2 off the over.

Spin introduced in the form of Ish Sodhi.

IND 53/1 in 6 overs: Kuggeleign on for his third over. He bowls it short and Rahul crunches it over the mid-wicket boundary for his second six! 50 up for India. Another productive powerplay for the visitor this series.

IND 44/1 in 5 overs: Rohit struggling to find the gaps but he is helped by NZ's field placement. Bennett bowls a short ball off-cutter, and Rohit it over the short fine leg behind for a boundary.

IND 34/1 in 4 overs: A good over from Kuggeleign but it is ruined by a wide down the leg side which speeds away for a boundary.

IND 25/1 in 3 overs: Stunning from Rahul! Southee bowls wide and Rahul creams it over the over boundary for a huge six! Back of the length good delivery but Rahul just punches it between point and cover for a four. Follows it up with a pull behind square for another four. 14 from the over.

IND 10/1 in 2 overs: WICKET! Samson hits Scott Kuggeleijn straight into the hands of extra cover! Another opportunity squandered for Samson... He is dismissed for 2. Rohit in at No. 3.

IND 8/0 in 1 over: Rahul crashes the second ball through the point region for a boundary. No six to get off the mark from Samson this time.

Sanju Samson and KL Rahul are out in the middle. Southee with the new ball.

Rohit Sharma wins the toss and India will bat first. It's a straight swap for India: Rohit in for Kohli and will bat at No. 3. Sanju Samson will continue to open.

Virat Kohli will be rested for the game. Rohit Sharma is coming out for the toss. No Williamson either for New Zealand.

Pitch report

"Even covering with the grass on the pitch," says Mike Hesson. "It will be a good batting pitch. Pretty big ground. Wind factor will be crucial and the side that can defend the shorter boundary will be effective. The ball does skid on and it will spin later on."

Match preview

India will eye a rare 5-0 whitewash against New Zealand in the final T20 International in Mount Maunganui on Sunday.

New Zealand has never lost all games in a bilateral T20I series (three or more matches) at home. While this puts India in a unique position going ahead, it will still stay fifth in the ICC T20I rankings behind Pakistan, Australia, England and South Africa. Read the full preview here.

India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, K. L. Rahul (wk), Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Kuggeleijn, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Hamish Bennett, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner.

Match starts at: 12.30pm IST.

Where to watch?

The New Zealand vs India 5th T20I match will be aired live on Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi commentary. The online streaming of the match will be available on Hotstar.

 

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