IND vs NZ: Sanjay Bangar looks at India’s bowling performance in the T20I series, reveals what went well in the middle overs. cricket news

India won the three-match T20I series 3-0 against New Zealand.© AFP

India managed a second successive series whitewash on New Zealand in T20Is on Sunday after winning the third and final match of the series by 73 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Indian bowlers were the architects of victory as they bundled out the Blackcaps for a total of 111 runs while defending 185 runs in Kolkata. Axar Patel was the player of the match for his extraordinary figures of 3/9 in three overs. Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar analyzed the bowling performance of Team India in the T20I series and also talked about some of the key performances.

Bangar lauded the spin combination of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel and said both the bowlers bowled well in the middle overs.

“They have been very professional, they have been put under the pump by the New Zealand openers but the way the Indian spinners have reacted in the middle overs is fantastic. So, both Ashwin and Axar Patel have bowled well together Good for the Indian team in the middle overs,” said Sanjay Bangar on Star Sports’ show ‘Follow the Blues’.

Axar Patel (4) was the joint-highest wicket-taker in the series, averaging 16.5 with the ball in three matches.

Ashwin was also impressive with his economy rate and provided important breakthroughs in the middle overs.

Bangar, who was recently appointed the head coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), also heaped praise on IPL 2021 Purple Cap winner Harshal Patel, who made his T20I debut in the series.

“How Hershel Patel took his chance in his debut match was really impressive as he is someone who is known to rely heavily on his slower ball variations and in a match where there was a lot of dew. Regardless, he overcame that challenge and bowled. Really well with a wet ball and still used his variations with the cutter and slow bouncer. I thought it was a big plus for the Indian team as well ,” said the 49-year-old.

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Harshal Patel was the player of the match in his debut match and took four wickets in the two matches he played in the series.

After the T20 series, both the teams will take part in a two-match Test series starting on November 25.

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