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01-Feb-2023 17:00:00 GMT
Ind vs NZ - 3rd T20, Ahmedabad

Stunning Gill ton sets up demolition of New Zealand

India 234 for 4 (Gill 126*, Tripathi 44, Pandya 30) beat New Zealand 66 (Mitchell 35, Pandya 4-16, Malik 2-9, Mavi 2-12, Arshdeep 2-16) by 168 runs

Ahmedabad: India defeated New Zealand by 168 runs in the third T20 match and won the series 2-1. In the last match of the series in Ahmedabad, India scored 234 runs losing 4 wickets in 20 overs thanks to the first century in this format of Shubman Gill (126 not out).

In reply, the Kiwi team got all out for 66 runs in 12.1 overs. Hardik Pandya took maximum four wickets. Pandya took the wickets of Blair Tickner one run, Loki Ferguson zero, Glenn Phillips 2 runs and Finn Allen 3 runs.

This is India's biggest win and New Zealand's biggest defeat in terms of runs in T20 cricket.

India's previous record was a 143-run win. India defeated Ireland by 143 runs in 2018. At the same time, the New Zealand team had earlier lost against Pakistan in 2010 by 103 runs.

India set a record for the second biggest win by a Test team in T20 Internationals. In the first place is the Sri Lankan team. Sri Lanka beat Kenya by 172 runs in 2007. If the records of non-Test playing teams are also included, then the record of the biggest win in T20 International is in the name of Czech Republic. The Czech team defeated Turkey by 257 runs in 2019.

Shubman Gill broke New Zealand's back by playing a not out inning of 126 runs. On the basis of his innings, India scored 234 runs in 20 overs. In front of this huge target, New Zealand could only score 66 runs.

India's captain Hardik Pandya performed brilliantly with both the ball and the bat. He scored 30 runs in the first 17 balls. Had a partnership of more than 100 runs with Gill. Then took 4 wickets for just 16 runs in bowling. It was he who took the wicket of Finn Allen in the first over.

Arshdeep Singh took 2 wickets in the second over of his spell to put New Zealand on the back foot. He took wickets on the first and last ball of the second over of the innings. After his over, New Zealand's score was 3 for 5.

Gill, who flopped in the first two matches of the series, scored an innings of 126 off 63 balls in this innings. He scored 12 fours and 7 sixes. Rahul Tripathi scored 44, Captain Hardik Pandya scored 30 and Suryakumar Yadav scored 24 runs.

Gill has become the batsman who played the biggest innings for India in T20 International. He broke the record of Virat Kohli. Virat had scored an inning of 122 runs against Afghanistan last year.

Gill shared a 103-run partnership off 40 balls for the fourth wicket with Hardik Pandya.

Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Blair Tickner and Ish Saadi got one wicket each.

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