Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma played a blistering knock of 65 runs off 40 balls to help India post 179/5 in 20 overs in the third T20I against New Zealand at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
Rohit was well supported by KL Rahul, who scored 27 runs before becoming India’s first blow with the score on 89.
During the knock, Rohit Sharma crossed the 10,000 international runs mark as an opener.
Skipper Virat Kohli scored 38 valuable runs as he surpassed MS Dhoni on the list of international players with the most runs while leading a team.
All-rounder Shivam Dube was promoted to number three but could not make use of the opportunity as he could only manage 3 runs in 8 balls.
Manish Pandey (14 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (10 not out) pushed the score past 170 but India fell short of a 200-score the openers had set up.
For New Zealand, Hamish Bennett picked three wickets but was also very expensive as he gave away 54 runs in his four overs.
Brief Scores: India 179/5 (Rohit Sharma 65, Hamish Bennett 3/54)