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India vs New Zealand, 5th T20I Cricket Match: India Cruise to 5-0 Series Win

India vs New Zealand, Live cricket score and latest update, live commentary of 5th T20I match being played at Mount Maunganui. | February 02, 2020, 16:12 IST
India vs New Zealand, 5th T20I Cricket Match: India Cruise to 5-0 Series Win
INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND, Live Updates:A couple of sixes in the final over from Ish Sodhi but it's a little too late to have any effect on the result of the game. India win by 7 runs and take the series 5-0.

PREVIEW: This could have very well been a decider. But New Zealand's remarkable inability to close out matches, that led to two consecutive Super Overs, means the fifth T20I on Sunday (February 2) in Tauranga will be another dead-rubber. India go into the final game of the five-match series with a chance of sweeping New Zealand. They came from behind twice in two consecutive matches, and will now be confident that they can win from any position. Indeed, that's what they managed in the last two matches.
Feb 02, 2020 16:12 (IST)
Missing due to injury, but paying close attention.
Feb 02, 2020 16:11 (IST)

This is the first time a team has won a five-match T20I series by a margin of 5-0. This is also the first time India have won a T20I series in New Zealand after failing to do so in two attempts previously. 

Feb 02, 2020 16:09 (IST)

A couple of sixes in the final over from Ish Sodhi but it's a little too late to have any effect on the result of the game. India win by 7 runs and take the series 5-0. 

Feb 02, 2020 16:09 (IST)

A couple of sixes in the final over from Ish Sodhi but it's a little too late to have any effect on the result of the game. India win by 7 runs and take the series 5-0. 

Feb 02, 2020 16:03 (IST)

Bumrah has bowled out and finished with figures of 3/12. New Zealand need 21 of the last over to win this game. India one wicket away from a 5-0 clean sweep. 

Feb 02, 2020 16:00 (IST)

OUT: Once again it's Bumrah at the death. Another pinpoint yorker dislodges Tim Southee. India one wicket from the 5-0 scoreline. 

Feb 02, 2020 15:58 (IST)

Seven runs from that Saini over with Tim Southee finding the fence of the final delivery. It's been a while since New Zealand found the fence. 

Feb 02, 2020 15:54 (IST)

OUT: Saini has struck and this is a huge wicket for India. Ross Taylor chases a wide one outside off stump and KL Rahul happily catches the edge. That is possibly the final nail in the coffin for NZ. India need two more wickets now. 

Feb 02, 2020 15:50 (IST)

OUT: Kuggeleijn looks to hook Thakur away for a six first ball but Washington Sundar in the deep takes a good catch. India three wickets away from a historic clean sweep. NZ are 7 down. 

Feb 02, 2020 15:47 (IST)

OUT: Sharduk Thakur has struck too as Santner looks to go downtown. He hasn't connected cleanly and Manish Pandey catches it inches away from the fence. NZ are six down. India can smell victory. 

Feb 02, 2020 15:42 (IST)

Couple of wayward deliveries from Chahal in the over but that has not hurt India too much. He's conceded seven runs and New Zealand are 129/5 after 16 overs and need to score at just short of 9 an over.

Feb 02, 2020 15:36 (IST)

India's bowlers tightening the screws here on New Zealand. A frustrated Ross Taylor is unable to get Washington Sundar away on more than one occasion and they settle for three singles. NZ are 122/5 after 15 overs.

Feb 02, 2020 15:32 (IST)

OUT: Jasprit Bumrah doing what he does best - the perfect yorker to end his third over of the game. He's castled Daryl Mitchell and New Zealand are 119/5 after 14 overs. Big couple of overs for India have swung the game in their favour. 

Feb 02, 2020 15:27 (IST)

Absolutely brilliant over for India here. Saini bowled with fire and tied up the New Zealand batsmen. Just the three singles and the wicket of Seifert which has brought them right back into the game. NZ are 116/4 after 13 overs.

Feb 02, 2020 15:25 (IST)

OUT: Just after he notched up his half century, Seifert is cramped up by Navdeep Saini and he gives Sanju Samson an easy catch at short mid wicket. India get their fourth wicket. 

Feb 02, 2020 15:21 (IST)

Burmah brought back into the attack after that by KL Rahul and he conceded a boundary in a six run over. Wickets is what India need more at this moment. NZ are 133/3 after 12 overs. 

Feb 02, 2020 15:17 (IST)
Takes just one over
Feb 02, 2020 15:09 (IST)

SIX, SIX: This match is still not over. Shivam DUbe comes into the attack and Seifert greets him with a big six. Make that two in a row. New Zealand are truly back in the match. It's an excellent over for the Kiwis as 34 runs come off the over. It's 98/3 in 10 overs.

Feb 02, 2020 15:00 (IST)

FOUR: Taylor has been trying his best to make a match out of the situation, but so far has been unsuccessful. But in the meanwhile he does get a four. New Zealand are 56/3.. 

Feb 02, 2020 14:50 (IST)

FOUR:  Taylor and Seifert look to be stringing a little partnership here. Saini is hit for a boundary. After 6 overs the score has moved to 41/3. 

Feb 02, 2020 14:44 (IST)

A good fifth over for New Zealand which also leads to two boundaries off the bowling of Shardul Thakur. At the end of five overs, New Zealand are now on 32/3.

Feb 02, 2020 14:38 (IST)

OUT! Brilliant work from KL Rahul who plays an instrumental part in running out Tom Bruce. Running in from the non-striker's end, Bruce almost makes his ground but Rahul gathers the ball from the deep and in one swift movement flies into the stumps. Bruce has gone for a duck and New Zealand are in all sorts of trouble at 18/3.

Feb 02, 2020 14:33 (IST)

OUT! Washington Sundar dismisses Colin Munro, who departs for 15 runs off 6 balls hitting two fours in his innings. He did not read a straighter delivery from Sundar, and it goes on to crash into his stumps. At the end of three overs now, New Zealand are 17/2.

Feb 02, 2020 14:28 (IST)

The latest update from the centre is that KL Rahul is the stand-in captain on the field currently, as Kohli and Kane Williamson have a chat on the boundary whilst sitting against the hoardings. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma is being assess for his injury at the moment, and will not take to the field today in the second innings.

Feb 02, 2020 14:26 (IST)

OUT! Martin Guptill is dismissed for just two runs, LBW off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah. The ball moves back in sharply to hit Guptill on the pads, and the umpire has no hesitation in raising his finger. New Zealand are 7/1.

Feb 02, 2020 14:22 (IST)

New Zealand have started thier innings here and the score stands at 7/0 after three overs. Washington Sundar is hit for a four off the last ball of that over, and an over which was only going for three runs has suddenly gone for seven.

Feb 02, 2020 14:08 (IST)

And India have ended their innings on 163/3, setting New Zealand a target of 164 to win. They have been unlucky in a few games this series, and to avoid that 5-0 whitewash score, they will simply have to reach the target on this occasion. We'll bring you all the action from the second innings right as it starts.

Feb 02, 2020 14:05 (IST)

SIX! Pandey has been in spectacular form, and he hits Tim Southee for a huge six over long-on with just the second delivery that he faces. He then follows it up with a four through the point region, and the pressure is squarely on Southee now. India have crossed 150 here.

Feb 02, 2020 14:02 (IST)

OUT! Shivam Dube goes after scoring five runs off five balls, in an attempt to heave the ball over the square-leg region for six. Instead, he's caught by Tom Bruce off the bowling of Scott Kuggeleijn. The score reads 148/3 after nineteen overs.

Feb 02, 2020 13:51 (IST)

SIX! Rohit Sharma launches into Ish Sodhi and sends him for a maximum over the square-leg region. In the process of hitting that shot, he's also pulled up and there seems to be some issue with his groin. The picture isn't clear at the moment, but Shivam Dube is coming in to replace Rohit, who can't continue anymore. He is retired hurt for 60, and India are 140/2 after 17 overs.  

India vs New Zealand, 5th T20I Cricket Match: India Cruise to 5-0 Series Win
India celebrate after winning super over. (Twitter/ ICC)

While Mohammed Shami stole the show in the third T20I with a brilliant last over - defending the nine runs that the Kiwis needed with Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor at the crease - it was Shardul Thakur who stole the show in Friday's encounter, defending just seven runs and picking two wickets. New Zealand, on the other hand, will be doubting themselves. They've choked even without pressure and find thesmselves playing for pride. They have to arrest the slide before losing becomes a habit. Their stand-in captain Tim Southee is under pressure too, after failing to defend scores in two consecutive Super Overs.

The game is yet another chance for India to finetune their combination with an eye on the T20 World Cup. They made three changes in the previous match, resting Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami to bring in Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini. There could be more changes in store this game too, especially given Rishabh Pant is yet to play in the series. Pant was picked ahead of Samson in the squad, and it will be harsh if he ends the series without a game. It will also be a chance for him to regain his spot in the middle order.

Apart from Pant, Kuldeep Yadav is the only player in the squad to not play a game yet this series. He too could come in, perhaps for Yuzvendra Chahal. New Zealand have been good in patches but need to finish matches. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have been in decent hitting form but haven't carried on. The way Munro was dismissed - run out in a lazy manner - in the previous match cost New Zealand big. Ross Taylor has failed to finish in two consecutive games. It's these tree who have to step up, especially if Williamson fails to recover from the shoulder injury that kept him out of the previous game. The bowling lacks experience, but the experienced Southee is not in form either. They did a good job in the previous match to restrict India to 165, although they should have done much better given India were 88 for 6. Irrespective of the combination the teams go with, given the way India have fought from tough situations in the last two matches, they'll be favourites for sweeping the series.

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