The Rohit Sharma led team India tasted victory in the final game of the three-match T20I series against New Zealand on Sunday by a dominating 73-run. Captain Sharma won the toss in a row and chose to bat first.
There were a few hiccups in the middle but the Indian batters had a great start and a solid end to put up 184/7 on their scoreboard. New Zealand's batting faltered quickly which led to the team losing all 10 wickets for 111 runs.
Sharma scored a valuable knock of 56 (31), which contributed to his opening partnership with Ishan Kishan. His knock came at a strike rate of 180.65, and he reached his half-century in 27 deliveries. With this, he became the only player to have 30 50+ scores in T20Is, surpassing Virat Kohli.
Once bowler Michael Santner slowed India down, the last batters struggled to maintain the team's good run rate. However, Harshal Patel (18 off 11) and Deepak Chahar (21* off 8) added some quick runs, in the end, to take India to a strong total.
On New Zealand's end, Martin Guptill scored his second half-century of the series. His score of 51 (36) was the only threat India was facing while defending their total run. In fact, other than Tim Seifert (17 off 18) and Lockie Ferguson (14 off 8), none of the other New Zealanders touched double digits with their bats.
With a great win, India will look to replicate the same performance in the Test series that will start on November 25.