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Watch: Air-borne Suryakumar plucks a screamer to dismiss Finn Allen

NEW DELHI: India decimated New Zealand by 168 runs in the series-deciding third T20I in Ahmedabad, sealing the series 2-1. After Shubman Gill delighted the crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium with his maiden T20I ton, the bowlers and the fielders were too on song as Hardik Pandya and co. bowled out the Kiwis for 66 in 12.1 overs.

The Indian players were like a live wire on the field when they came out to defend the total. Vice-captain Suryakumar Yadav led the way with a spectacular catch in the very first over of the Blackcaps chase.

In the absence of Gill, who usually stands in the slip cordon but did not come out to field, Surya took his place and grabbed a screamer on the fifth ball of the chase to get rid of opener Finn Allen.

As Allen edged a Hardik Pandya delivery, it looked as if the ball would comfortably go over the slip cordon. But Surya, at the widish first slip, timed his jump to perfection and grabbed a terrific catch mid-air. He then landed safely on his shoulder to complete the superb effort.

Surya followed the exceptional effort with two more terrific catches. His second catch that of Glenn Phillips too was similar to his outstanding first catch at the same first slip spot. He then caught his third catch of the evening at the deep fence when he grabbed the ball to perfection, inches away from the boundary rope to get rid of Kiwi skipper Mitchell Santner.

The dominating performance from the Indians in all the three departments helped the team record their biggest win in T20Is.

1/10:Shubman Gill's maiden T20I ton helps India crush NZ to clinch series

2/10:Gill smashes unbeaten 126

<p>Opener Shubman Gill smashed an unbeaten 126 to help India clinch the T20 international series against New Zealand with a crushing 168-run victory in the decider on Wednesday.<br /><br /><br /></p>AFP

3/10:Gill steers India to 234-4

<p>Gill recorded his maiden T20 century for India as he steered the team to 234-4 after they elected to bat first at the world's biggest cricket ground in Ahmedabad.<br /></p>AFP

4/10:Gill smashes highest score by an Indian in T20Is

<p>Gill smashed the highest score by an Indian in T20I cricket, scoring 126* in just 63 balls surpassing Virat Kohli, who had smashed 122* against Afghanistan during the Asia Cup last year in September.<br /></p>IANS

5/10:Kiwis skittled out for 66

<p>Indian bowlers skittled out the Kiwis for a paltry 66 in 12.1 overs for a 2-1 series win. The hosts had whitewashed the Kiwis in three one-day matches.<br /></p>ANI

6/10:India post biggest-ever win in T20Is

<p>The huge victory was India's biggest ever in T20 internationals and the biggest margin by runs in a match played between two Test-playing nations.<br /></p>IANS

7/10:Gill smacks 12 fours and seven sixes

<p>India elected to bat first on a batting-friendly pitch and Gill continued his magnificent run of form -- hitting 12 fours and seven sixes in his 63-ball innings.<br /></p>PTI

8/10:Gill continues his fine run

<p>Gill had also put the New Zealand bowling to the sword with a double hundred and a ton during the ODI series.<br /></p>IANS

9/10:Gill-Pandya put on 103 runs for fourth wicket

<p>Gill put on 103 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Hardik Pandya, who made 30 and then took four wickets with his pace bowling, at the 132,000-seater Narendra Modi Stadium.<br /></p>AFP

10/10:Bracewell traps Ishan early

<p>Off-spinner Michael Bracewell struck early as he trapped Ishan Kishan lbw for one in the second over of the innings.<br /></p>AFP
Shubman Gill's maiden T20I ton helps India crush NZ to clinch series
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