'Happy With The Learnings In NZ, Great Result': Jasprit Bumrah After India Whitewash Kiwis

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India speedster Jasprit Bumrah said he as learnt a lot from his first tour of New Zealand after returning magical figures of 3/12 in the fifth and final T20I.

Written By Jay Pandya | Mumbai | Updated On:
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India speedster Jasprit Bumrah said he has learnt a lot from his first tour of New Zealand after returning magical figures of 3/12 in the fifth and final T20I Mount Maunganui on Sunday. India whitewashed the Kiwis 5-0 with Bumrah playing a key role in the final encounter as the tourists defended the 164-run target.

'First time in New Zealand, great result'

"Feeling very good. The match got close at one point but we had a belief that if we can squeeze in one or two good overs, the match can get close," he said after the match. "It was windy, I was trying to use the wind and the longer side of the boundary. Very happy with the learnings, different ground dimensions, first time in New Zealand; great result," he added.

Returning from a long injury layoff, Bumrah was not at his best at the start of the series and was taken to the cleaners by Kane Williamson in the third T20I. But the pacer was at his absolute best on Sunday as he hardly gave anything away and executed his yorkers to perfection too.

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Indian pacers led by Bumrah fired in unison to help India register an unprecedented 5-0 series win with a seven-run victory against New Zealand. With the series already in the bag after they won the first four matches of the five-match series, Kohli decided to rest in the final game with deputy Rohit Sharma leading the charge.

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India, electing to bat first, with the help of Rohit's fifty posted 163/3 in 20 overs. Rohit had to retire hurt on 60 off 41 deliveries after he suffered from cramps and initially decided to continue, only to soon realise he can no longer run. He did not come out to field with K.L. Rahul taking over the captaincy role.

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Chasing 164 for victory, New Zealand could manage 156/9 in 20 overs despite hitting Shivam Dube for 34 runs in one over. The Indian pace trio of Bumrah -- who returned magical figures of 3/12, Navdeep Saini (2/23) and Shardul Thakur (2/38) restricted the hosts and finally took India over the line. India will now train their focus on the three-match ODI series starting from February 5 in Hamilton.

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(With agency inputs)

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