Gill ton helps India crush New Zealand to clinch T20 collection

AHMEDABAD: Opener Shubman Gill smashed an unbeaten 126 to assist India clinch the T20 worldwide collection towards New Zealand with a crushing 168-run victory within the decider on Wednesday.

Gill recorded his maiden T20 century for India as he steered the staff to 234-4 after they elected to bat first on the world’s greatest cricket floor in Ahmedabad.

Indian bowlers skittled out the Kiwis for a paltry 66 in 12.1 overs for a 2-1 collection win. The hosts had whitewashed the Kiwis in three one-day matches.

The massive victory was India’s greatest ever in T20 internationals and the most important margin by runs in a match performed between two Check-playing nations.

India elected to bat first on a batting-friendly pitch and Gill continued his magnificent run of kind — hitting 12 fours and 7 sixes in his 63-ball innings.

He had additionally put the New Zealand bowling to the sword with a double hundred and a ton throughout the ODI collection.

Gill placed on 103 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Hardik Pandya, who made 30 after which took 4 wickets along with his tempo bowling, on the 132,000-seater Narendra Modi Stadium.

Off-spinner Michael Bracewell struck early as he trapped Ishan Kishan lbw for one within the second over of the innings.

Gill, 23, hit again with a flurry of boundaries together with three in a single over off Blair Tickner. Rahul Tripathi, who made 44, joined the cost as the 2 placed on 80 runs.

Tripathi smashed three sixes together with one off leg-spinner Ish Sodhi solely to gap out subsequent ball in one other try to clear the ropes.

Gill, who turned solely the fifth Indian batsman to report centuries throughout all three codecs, discovered one other attacking companion in Suryakumar Yadav who smashed 24 off 13 balls as the 2 saved up the onslaught.

Tickner minimize brief Suryakumar’s stick with Bracewell taking a pointy catch at mid-on.

However the unstoppable Gill modified gears and raised his ton off 54 balls with a boundary as he took off his helmet and let off a roar.

New Zealand made a horrendous begin to their mammoth chase as they misplaced their high 4 for simply seven runs inside three overs as Arshdeep Singh struck twice within the second over of the innings.

Suryakumar took two spectacular catches at first slip off Pandya’s tempo bowling to ship again Finn Allen, for 3, and Glenn Phillips, for 2.

Tearaway fast Umran Malik bowled Bracewell earlier than Daryl Mitchell, who made 35, and skipper Mitchell Santner tried to withstand.

Arshdeep, Umran and Shivam Mavi took two wickets every.

India will now head into the hotly-anticipated four-Check collection towards Australia beginning February 9 in Nagpur.