Gap between non-massive teams despite the sweep: Tim Southee

MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Substitute Patron of New Zealand Tim Southee He feels that the team needs to do smaller things better, saying that although the score suggests a 5-0 series sweep, the chasm is not so much.

It is another close, unfortunately on the wrong side again. If you sniff them, they take it with both hands. I don't think it's a massive gap, the scoreboard suggests that, but we just have to do the smaller things better, Southee, who's captaining the side instead of Kane Williamson who is suffering a shoulder injury, said after the game.

Indian pacemakers led by Jasprit Bumrah He shot in unison to help India lead an unprecedented laundering series of the 5-0 series with a seven-run victory against New Zealand in the fifth and final T20I here on Sunday.

With the series already in the bag after they won the first four games of the five-game series, Kohli decided to rest in the final game, leaving the deputy Rohit Sharma To lead the charge.

Choosing to hit first, India rode in Rohit's fifties to publish 163/3 in 20 overs.

Rohit had to retire injured in 60 of 41 deliveries (3x3, 3x3) after suffering cramps. Deciding initially to continue, Rohit soon realized that he couldn't run anymore. He did not go out to the field, and K.L. Rahul assumed the role of captaincy.

Chasing 164 for the victory, New Zealand could handle 156/9 in 20 overs despite hitting Shivam dube for 34 races in an envelope.

Bumrah's Indian trio, which returned magic figures from 3/12, Navdeep Saini (2/23) and Shardul Thakur (2/38) restricted the hosts and finally took India over the line.

India will now shift its focus to the three-party ODI series starting February 5 in Hamilton.

ODIs have a different format, new staff enters and it is a format in which we have done well, Southee said.