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Virat Kohli's dazzling Delhi cameo, Yuzvendra Chahal's crafty spinners at Thiruvananthapuram and Adam Milne's Rajkot regimen were some of the highlights of the recently concluded T20I series. India finally pulled off a bilateral series win versus New Zealand with a thrilling 6 run win in a rain-affected game at Thiruvananthapuram. New Zealand fought tooth and nail with India to force a series decider at Kanpur in the One Dayers and repeated the feat in the T20Is. With so many impressive performances all around, here's an honest report card of how our RCB contingent performed in the 3 match T20I series:
1) Virat Kohli
At Delhi, when India put a blanket on the Kiwis, Virat carried on the openers' good work and displayed his evolution as a power hitter when he smashed 3 sixes in a quickfire 26 off just 11 balls. At Rajkot, he waged a lone battle in a gutsy knock of 65 when batsmen around him just couldn't hang onto the crease. At Thiruvananthapuram, he had no option but to go full monty right from ball 1. He ended up with 13 and ended with 104 runs in the series, going past Tillakaratne Dilshan to second place in the list of leading T20I run getters in the process.
Wasn't Yuzi's 2 over spell at Thiruvananthapuram so important to India's fortunes despite going wicketless?! That over to de Grandhomme and Nicholls heavily tilted the match in India's favour. Like he's done so often for us at the Chinnaswamy, he bowled deceiving lines which prevented the big hitting Colin from heaving across the line. He's made Guptill his bunny over this limited overs tour and dismissed him twice in consecutive games, this T20I series. India's highest wicket taker in T20Is this year finished the series with 3 wickets, but it was his contribution towards the team's cause which makes us gush so much over his efforts!
3) Adam Milne
Adam got just the solitary game at Rajkot after an impressive ODI series. Although Trent Boult starred in the game with 4 wickets, you can't undermine the pressure he created on the Indian openers with discipline and genuinely fast bowling. The openers had the license to smash on a flat wicket with a big target to get and his controlled opening spell let Boult attack at the other end. This was manifested when his first 2 overs yielded just 9 runs! And although Virat took him for a few later on, a return of 4-0-30-0 isn't bad at all. It was unfortunate that he couldn't get more games.
4) KL Rahul
We hoped all series that his international average of 56 in the format would force the think-tank to hand him an opportunity. But, it wasn't meant to be.