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PIX: Gill slams ton as India maul NZ to claim series

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Last updated on: February 01, 2023 22:51 IST
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Images from the third and final T20 International between India and New Zealand at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

IMAGE: Shubman Gill celebrates his century during the third and final T20I against New Zealand in Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Photograph: BCCI

Shubman Gill smashed a whirlwind unbeaten maiden century in the shortest format as India thrashed New Zealand by 168 runs, their biggest ever win in terms of runs, in the third and final T20 International to pocket the hard-fought series 2-1 in Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

India's second highest margin of victory was 143-run win over Ireland in Dublin in 2018.

Gill continued his fine form and showcased his array of shots, hitting the New Zealand bowlers to all parts of the Narendra Modi Stadium to score 126 not out off just 63 balls balls with the help of 12 fours and seven sixes.

Riding on Gill's brilliance, India posted 234 for 4 after electing to bat.

New Zealand

IMAGE: Hardik Pandya led the bowling department with figures of 4/16. Photograph: BCCI

New Zealand never got going in the huge chase as Indian bowlers performed in unison to bowl out the visitors for a mere 66 in 12.1 overs, the third lowest score for the Kiwis in this format.

Skipper Hardik Pandya led the bowling department with figures of 4/16, while Umran Malik (2/9), Shivam Mavi (2/12) and Arshdeep Singh (2/16) scalped two wickets each.

New Zealand lost Finn Allen in the fifth ball of the opening over bowled by Pandya, caught by Suryakumar Yadav.

Left-arm pacer Arshdeep struck with his first delivery, as Devon Conway lobbed a fuller delivery to Pandya at mid-off.

Arshdeep Singh

IMAGE: Arshdeep Singh celebrates Devon Conway’s wicket. Photograph: BCCI

New Zealand continued to lose wickets as Mark Champman got a faint inside edge which went straight to Ishan Kishan off Arshdeep's last delivery of the over.

Wickets kept on tumbling like of pack of cards for New Zealand with Glenn Phillips becoming the next victim, caught by Suryakumar at slips off Pandya.

Down at 13 for 4 after three overs, it was all but over for New Zealand.

The situation became even worst for New Zealand when Michael Bracewell was cleaned up up by a fast delivery from Umran Malik.

New Zealand skipper Mitchell Santner (13) and Daryl Mitchell (35) then added 32 runs for the sixth wicket before Shivam Mavi dismissed the former, caught by Suryakumar at deep midwicket fence as the left-hander tried to heave a short ball.

Shivam Mavi

IMAGE: Shivam Mavi celebrates Ish Sodhi’s wicket. Photograph: BCCI

Mavi struck again a ball later, removing Ish Sodhi (0) caught by Tripathi at backward point as New Zealand slumped to 53 for seven in nine overs.

Thereafter, it was just a formality for India and the hosts romped home in style.

IMAGE: Opener Shubman Gill on the attack. Photograph: BCCI

Earlier, the start was far from rosy for India after electing to bat as Mitchell Santner made a master-stroke decision by handing Michael Bracewell the second over and the off-spinner reposed his captain's faith by removing an out-of-form Ishan Kishan, who was adjudged LBW with the second ball of the over.

In-form Gill struck two boundaries off Lockie Ferguson in the next over. The young opener was at his ominous best, be it pick up hits, drives or pulls to continue his onslaught.

He hit Blair Tickner for three fours in the fifth over as India raced to 44/1.

Young Rahul Tripathi (44 off 22), who has immense potential but yet to fire in the series, struck Ferguson for a boundary and a six in consecutive balls to keep up the tempo.

Tripathi pulled Santner over short fine leg before coming down and lofting the left-arm spinner for a straight six.

IMAGE: Rahul Tripathi plays the scoop shot. Photograph: BCCI

Tripathi showed his attacking class and dispatched Ish Sodhi over extra cover for his third six of the innings but perished in the next ball in search of one too many, holing out at deep square leg to Ferguson.

Gill reached his maiden T20I fifty off 35 balls with a single off Santner.

While Gill held one end, Suryakumar Yadav (24 off 13) showed glimpses of his class but fell in the 13th over, brilliantly caught by Bracewell at mid-off as the batter mistimed his shot.

There was no stopping Gill in the last few overs. He was unbeaten on 67 from 44 balls after 15 ovrs, before he smashed left-arm pacer Ben Lister for back to back sixes in the next over and followed it up with a couple of sixes and a four off Blair Tickner.

IMAGE: New Zealand's players celebrate after Michael Bracewell dismissed Ishan Kishan. Photograph: BCCI

Gill brought up his century with a stylish four over the off-side off Lockie Ferguson in the 18th over, becoming only the fifth Indian with centuries in all three formats in international cricket.

He celebrated by smacking the next ball from Ferguson over midwicket for another huge six and Hardik Pandya's top edge off the same bowler also went the distance for another maximum.

Gill kept up his attack, smashing Lister for two fours and a six in the penultimate over but medium pacer Daryl Mitchell, the surprise choice to bowl the last over, bowled a fantastic 20th over conceding just six runs while also taking the wicket of Pandya (30 from 17 balls).

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