Stunning Gill sets up record 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
A devastating performance with bat and ball saw India seal a sensational series comeback with a record 168-run victory in their third and final T20I with New Zealand.
Shubman Gill’s 126 not outpowered the hosts to a freewheeling 234-4 in Ahmedabad on Wednesday, before they tore through their visitors at the crease for an emphatic win.
It is the biggest margin of victory India has ever recorded in the format and marked something of an anticlimactic end to an otherwise close-fought series.
They are unlikely to care given the nature of their euphoric blowout, though the Black Caps will be concerned after failing to reach three figures in back-to-back games.
There were few signs at first glance Gill would turn in the sort of pyrotechnic performance that saw him star in the pair’s ODI series last month.
After losing opening partner Ishan Kishan for just one, however, the opener carried the bat in a gangbuster turn, with a dozen fours and seven sixes off 63 balls.
Able support from Rahul Tripathi (44) and Hardik Pandya (30) helped him motor India to their fifth-best score in T20I history, and their highest against New Zealand.
Hopes of mounting any serious pursuit felt slim for the Black Caps even before they crumpled, with Pandya (4-16) and Arshdeep Singh (2-16) combining for a brutal opening three overs to reduce them to 7-4.
Daryl Mitchell (35) stubbornly held his ground as a succession of partners came and went, helping to drag New Zealand from 21-5 to 53-6.
But further work from Shivam Mavi and Umran Malik curtailed any resistance as the tourists were bowled all out for 66.
Gill maintains 2023 hot streak
After matching the world record for the most runs in a three-game ODI series last month against New Zealand, the batter turned on the power again when it mattered.
A quiet few matches, with scores of just seven and 11, are faded memories now after his supremely assured performance this week.
Black Caps continue to stutter
After failing to hit the 100 mark last time out, a second successive game where they petered out in double figures is a major concern for New Zealand.
Their score of 66 is the third-lowest they have recorded in T20I history, behind the twin totals of 60 they posted against Sri Lanka in 2014 and Bangladesh in 2021. (SportsMax)