India’s Rohit Sharma and Axar Patel starred in Kolkata Sunday because the hosts routed World Cup runners-up New Zealand by 73 runs to make a clean-sweep of the T20 sequence.
Spinner Patel triggered the New Zealand batting collapse within the third over with two wickets to push the steep 185 to win goal past their attain.
Opener Daryl Mitchell and Mark Chapman have been two of Patel’s three wickets within the spectacular 3-9 spell.
India, taking part in underneath their new coach Rahul Dravid and the brand new T20 captain Sharma, received the three match sequence in Ranchi on Friday.
Martin Guptill was the one Kiwi batsman to place up a struggle scoring 51 runs off 36 balls earlier than falling to leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal.
Chahal, making his nationwide comeback, had a forgettable begin.
After two costly overs, Chahal discovered his groove within the third with Guptill’s wicket to complete with respectable 1-26.
Each groups have rested a number of common gamers for the sequence that started solely three days after the Black Caps misplaced within the Dubai T20 World Cup ultimate.
Seamer Harshal Patel, who made it to the nationwide group after a breakthrough IPL (Indian Premier League) season, impressed with a 2-26 spell.
Earlier Patel additionally got here to India’s rescue with a late order cameo scoring 18 off 11 together with Chahar who smashed 21 off 8.
Sharma top-scored for India, smashing 56 off 31 because the hosts posted 184-7.
Rookie all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer, additionally an IPL breakout star, impressed with 1-12 in his first outing as a bowler for group India.
The stand-in skipper for New Zealand Mitchell Santner was his group’s most spectacular bowler with a 3-27 spell.
Sharma had introduced two modifications for the hosts with Ravichandran Ashwin and KL Rahul making means for Ishan Kishan and Yuzvendra Chahal.