India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I in Hamilton

Aubrey Yates
February 10, 2019

For New Zealand, Blair Tickner has been given his maiden national cap and he replaces rested Lockie Ferguson in the line-up. Kuldeep Yadav has been brought in place of Yuzvendra Chahal. Having regularly lost middle-order wickets, India gave the impression of lacking behind in the chase.

The Black Caps made 212 for four, with Colin Munro top-scoring for the hosts with 72 off 40 balls. The New Zealand wicket-keeper stepped out of the crease but got beaten on the outside edge by the wrong one.

After being asked to bat, New Zealand demolished the Indian bowling attack to post an imposing 212 for four in their allotted 20 overs. After losing his opening partner, Rohit Sharma built a crucial partnership with Vijay Shankar.

Vijay Shankar top-scored for the visitors with 43 off 28 balls.

What followed next were two short but exhilarating innings by Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya. With him hitting the ball to long-on and refusing a single on the following delivery, it invited a lot of criticism for there was a set batsman at the other end and not a bowler.

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With 4 needed off the last ball, Mithali Raj was unable to get more than a single as India lost the match by 2 runs.

Yadav also took two wickets, dismissing both New Zealand openers.

Exploiting batting-friendly conditions at a small ground, New Zealand cut the Indian attack to shreds to post an imposing 212 for four in the series-deciding third Twenty20 global, here Sunday. With the scoreboard pressure mounting, the two batsmen next, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya did their best as they scored 18 and 14 runs off the eighteenth and the nineteenth overs respectively. Even the 200 plus strike rates of Karthik and Krunal could not help India win the match.

The result ended India's run of 10 T20 series without defeat.

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