Hamilton, Feb 10: New Zealand held their nerves well to edge India by 4 runs in a nail-biting third T20I and clinch the three-match series 2-1. Chasing a stiff target of 213, India could only muster 208/6 in stipulated 20 overs at Seddon Park on Sunday (February 10).
India started the run chase cautiously after losing opener Shikhar Dhawan cheaply in the first over and the cameos from young guns like Vijay Shankar (43 off 28), Rishabh Pant (28 off 12) kept the visitors in the hunt.
The partnership of 63 runs from 28 deliveries between Dinesh Karthik (33* off 16) and Krunal Pandya (26* off 13) had taken India almost to the line. But the experience of Tim Southee in the final over ensured the hosts had the last laugh in the game.
With 16 required from the final over, India could only score 11 runs before a little brain fade moment from Karthik as the Tamil Nadu cricketer didn't rotate the strike if when there was a single for the taking. Karthik got a six on the final delivery of the innings when 11 were required from the last delivery.
Earlier this week, Pakistan's streak of 11 successive T20I series wins was put to an end by South Africa. New Zealand do same with India, who were unbeaten in their last ten T20I assignments. Both India and Pakistan played the series without their regular captains. #NZvInd— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) February 10, 2019
Colin Munro was awarded the man of the match for his explosive knock of 40-ball 72. It was the southpaw's superb knock that was studded with five boundaries and as many maximums as the hosts posted yet another 200-plus total against the Men In Blue.
He was also complemented by brilliant cameos from Tim Seifert (43 off 25), Colin de Grandhomme (16-ball 30) and Daryl Mitchell (19* off 11) as Blackcaps posted a stiff target for the Indians to chase.
Here's how the 3rd T20I panned out:
Kane Williamson: What a brilliant advertisement for T20 cricket. It's great to get across the line tonight. It was a fairly short series. The first performance was our best, and there were some learnings in the second one. For it to go to the last couple of balls, I knew India would come back strong, and it was a great series to be a part of.
Rohit Sharma: It was pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line. 210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand bowled pretty well, they held their nerves well and they deserved to win. We started off well in the ODIs, and the boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s. Lots of positives, and a few mistakes, so there's a lot of material to move ahead. It would have been nice to win the series and go home and play Australia, but unfortunately, we couldn't do that.
Colin Munro is awarded the Man of the Match for his 40-ball 72. Tim Seifert has been awarded the Man of the Series for his consistent effort with the bat.
It's all over! India get only 11 from the final over when they needed 16 from it. As a result, they end up losing the match by 4 runs. The partnership of 28-ball 63 almost pulled off the run chase for the Indians but they fell 4 short of the target, some poor error in judgement from DK in the final over. New Zealand take the series 2-1, but was an impressive run chase from the Indians.
Today at Hamilton...— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) February 10, 2019
India Women needed 16 runs of the last six balls (made 13)
India Men needed 16 runs of the last six balls (made 11)#NZvInd
SIX! Huge six from Krunal on the final ball of Kuggeleijn's over. India 197/6. 16 needed from 6 balls
SIX! Dinesh Karthik pulls Kuggeleijn and the ball sails into the stands for another maximum. 11 sixes from India in this innings.
Wd, 6,4,4,1,1! 18 runs came from that over bowled by Tim Southee. India are 183/6 after 18 overs. Need 30 from 12.
11 came from the final over bowled by Tickner. A fine effort from the debutante with the ball. India are 164/6 after 17. 48 needed from 18 deliveries.
SIX! Dinesh Karthik hammers Tickner over covers for a maximum on the very first ball of the over and the ball sails into the stands.
Wicket! MS Dhoni (2) tries to clear Daryl Mitchell over long-off but couldn't connect it well and Southee takes a simple catch. India - 145/6 in 15.2 overs.
Wicket! Hardik Pandya (21) mistimes Kuggeleijn and Kane Williamson takes another catch. The bat also slipped out of Pandya's hands but that didn't affect the concentration of the Kiwi skipper. India - 145/5 in 14.5 overs. They are losing wickets in a bunch as India are still 68 short of the target with 30 balls remaining.
Wicket! Rohit Sharma (38) edges Daryl Mitchell and Seifert pouches him behind the stumps. India lose their captain at a critical juncture. India - 141/4 in 14 overs.
SIX! Hardik Pandya walks into the middle at No. 4 and he dispatches Blair into the stands with a maximum on the very first ball he faced. But the bowler comes back strongly to concede just 8 from it and take the big wicket of Pant. India - 128/3 after 13.
Wicket! Rishabh Pant (28 off 12) is caught at mid-wicket by Kane Williamson and Tickner gets the danger man as his first international scalp. India - 121/3 after 12.2 overs.
Just 5 runs came from over #12. Daryl Mitchell must be pleased with his first over of the inning. India - 120/2 after 12. Run rate is climbing for India.
7 runs came from that over bowled by Tickner. India are 115/2 after 11 overs. 98 needed from 54 balls.
Rishabh Pant looks in sublime touch. He's raced to 23 off 6 deliveries. India are 108/2 after 10 overs. The momentum set by Shankar hasn't dipped.
Wicket! Set and dangerous looking Vijay Shankar departs for 43 while attempting a slog-sweep. Santner gets the breakthrough. Colin de Grandhomme takes a well-judged catch and India lose their second wicket. A brilliant cameo from Shankar comes to an end. India - 81/2 after 8.3 overs. #NZvIND
SIX, SIX! 7.4 - Vijay Shankar hits Ish Sodhi over extra-cover and the ball sails into the stands 7.5 - Shankar pulls him over mid-wicket for another maximum. 14 came from the 8th over as India reach 76/1.
5 runs conceded by Santner from his second over. India are 62/1 after 7 overs, the pressure is mounting on the Indian batsmen to score big in the middle overs.
0. 4, 1, 2, 0, 1. Eight runs come of the last over of power play as Shankar and Rohit complete fifty run stand. India 57 for 1
Four, Four!! Back-to-back boundaries for Rohit Sharma off Tim Southee. India 49 for 1 in 5 overs
Four!! After a quiet start to the fourth over, Vijay Shankar strikes a boundary off the fifth delivery. India 38 for 1 in 4 overs
Four, Four! Vijay Shankar strikes two boundaries off Kuggeleijn. India 29 for 1 in 3 overs
Wicket! Shikhar Dhawan (5) tries to sweep Santner for a six but couldn't connect it well and Daryl Mitchell takes a fine catch in the deep. India lose their first wicket in the first over itself. IND - 6/1
3rd T20I: Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma begin the run chase of 213 for India and Kane Williamson starts with Mitchell Santner.
It was yet another display of fine batting effort from the Kiwis as they posted a total of 200-plus against the Indians for the second time in a week. Munro and Seifert gave the hosts a solid start in the powerplay and the rest of the top-order batsmen capitalised upon the start. The Kiwi batters also had a fair share of luck in their favour. India will have to put up a better show in this run chase if they wish to win it.
6,0,0,1,1,4! 12 runs conceded by Khaleel Ahmed from the final over as New Zealand end their innings at 212/4 in 20 overs. India require 213 to win this game. Munro - 72. Kuldeep - 26/2.
SIX! Khaleel bowls the final over and he's been smashed for a maximum by Ross Taylor on the first delivery. NZ - 206/4
Four! A boundary from Daryl Mitchell and 200 comes up for New Zealand. The psychological barrier of 200 has been breached by the Kiwis in the series decider. NZ - 200/4 after 19 overs.
Wicket! Edged and gone! de Grandhomme (30 off 16) gets a thick edge from the wide bouncer from Bhuvi and Dhoni does the rest. NZ - 193/4 after 18.2 overs.
10 came from the final over of Hardik Pandya's spell. New Zealand are 193/3 in 18 overs. 42-run partnership off 20 deliveries from CdG and Mitchell.
Dropped! No luck at all for Hardik Pandya today as fielders haven't complemented him well, this time its the skipper Rohit who couldn't catch to give de Grandhomme a reprieve.
Four, Four! CdG starts with back-to-back boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar.
1, 6, Wd, 0, 2, 4, Wd, 1! 16 came from Krunal's final over of the innings. He ends his full quota of four overs with 54 runs and remains wicketless. NZ - 167/3 after 17.
SIX! Colin de Grandhomme - who smashed a superb fifty in the previous game - dispatches Krunal for a maximum over mid-wicket. The leg-spinner isn't having the best outing in this game.
NZ are 151/3 after 15 overs, they must still be aiming to breach the 200-run mark.
Wicket! Khaleel gets rid of New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson for 27. Kuldeep takes a simple catch to send Kane back. NZ - 150/3 after 14.4 overs.
Wicket! Colin Munro (76 off 40) is caught in the deep by Hardik and Kuldeep gets the second wicket for his team. Khaleel must be taking a sigh of relief now. NZ - 135/2 after 13.2 overs.
Dropped! Khaleel Ahmed puts down a sitter and gives dangerous Colin Munro a reprieve. How costly is it going to prove to India?
3rd T20I: NZ are 118/1 after 12 overs
Colin Munro races towards his fifty with a maximum and that one came from just 28 deliveries. That six also brought 100 for New Zealand.
After 10 overs, New Zealand are 96/1. Munro - 46 & Williamson - 6*. This has been a fine start from the Kiwis.
Wicket! Another lightning quick glovework from MS Dhoni as he stumps Tim Seifert (43) to give India their first breakthrough. Kuldeep Yadav breaks the opening partnership. NZ - 80/1 after 7.4 overs.
13 came from the second over bowled by Hardik. India are 79/0 after 7 overs.
20 leaked by Krunal from his first over of the innnings and New Zealand are off to a blazing start. NZ - 66/0 after 6 overs. Munro - 29* and Seifert 36*. Pressure on India.
SIX, Four!! Krunal Pandya has been introduced in the final over of the powerplay and Munro welcomes him with a maximum and a boundary on consecutive deliveries. 50 up for New Zealand in the powerplay as well.
Krunal Pandya has been introduced in the sixth over.
First bowling change for India, Hardik Pandya comes into the attack. Colin Munro pulls him towards the midwicket for a boundary. Vijay Shankar has quite a lot of running to do in the deep.
16 runs leaked by Khaleel Ahmed from his second over and New Zealand are 38/0 after 4 overs. Another positive start for the hosts in the decider.
Dropped, goes for a four and then a SIX! Seifert gets a breather as the mistimed shot gets dropped by Vijay Shankar, running backwards. He then pulls Khaleel for a maximum.
0,Wd,0,1,0,0,1! Excellent over from Bhuvneshwar Kumar as he concedes just two from it. New Zealand - 22/0 after 3 overs.
After 2 overs, New Zealand are 19/0. Siefert and Munro are looking in sublime touch.
Four! Seifert chips Khaleel over cover fielder and the ball races towards the fence for a boundary.
3rd T20I: After 1st over, New Zealand 11/0. Khaleel starts bowling from the other end.
SIX!! Colin Munro clears his intent on the very third ball of the innings as he charges down the ground to dispatch Bhuvneshwar for a maximum over long-on.
New Zealand openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro are out into the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar starts with the new ball for India.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tim Seifert(wk), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(C), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(C), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed.
Kane Williamson: We would have had a bowl. Looks like a good surface. It's important to the job up front. In T20 cricket, to take wickets is really important. We have to assess conditions. Fantastic performance in the first game, not quite there in the second. That is very important in T20 cricket. Tickner comes in, he makes his debut, a well deserved opportunity.
Rohit Sharma: We are looking to bowl first. It's a good pitch. We didn't have a great result the last time we played here. It's a big game. The combination allows us to chase as we bat deep. We have a good record chasing. It's been a long summer for us, we are all are professionals and we have a job to do. We have made one change, Kuldeep comes in place of Chahal.
Blair Tickner has received his debut cap for New Zealand and he replaces Lockie Ferguson in the side.
One change for India in this game. Kuldeep Yadav has replaced Yuzvendra Chahal in the playing XI.
India captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and he has elected to chase against NZ in the decider.