Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs India 3rd T20I 2019

Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs India 3rd T20I 2019

For New Zealand, Blair Tickner has been given his maiden national cap and he replaces rested Lockie Ferguson in the line-up.

After being asked to bat, New Zealand demolished the Indian bowling attack to post an imposing 212 for four in their allotted 20 overs.

The morale-boosting victory for New Zealand came after being whipped 4-1 by India in the earlier one-day worldwide series. Kuldeep Yadav has been brought in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.

According to Rohit, it wasn't an easy run chase though India put their best foot forward. After the early wicket Vijay Shankar and Rohit Sharma had a partnership of 75 runs and then Shankar got out on 43 runs.

Kane Williamson 27 (21) and Colin de Grandhomme 30 (16) kept the run-rate around 10 before Daryl Mitchell and Ross Taylor struck 19 (11) and 14 (7) respectively to cap the innings.

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In his short stay of 12 balls, Pant managed to score 28 runs but was dismissed off a full toss by debutant Tickner. In between these two dismissals, the Kiwis also got the wicket of a settled Rohit Sharma to tilt the odds in their favour.

This is the same ground where India had their only defeat in the five-match ODI series, with Trent Boult's five-for skittling India for 92.

Requiring 16 runs from the last over, Karthik scored a couple of runs on the first two balls.

India were eyeing a first-ever T20I series win in New Zealand following a 4-1 triumph in the five-match One-Day International series. Even the 200 plus strike rates of Karthik and Krunal could not help India win the match.

It proved in vain though as Southee used all of his experience to see New Zealand through and by the time Dinesh Karthik (33no), who inexplicably turned down a single midway through the final over, hit the last ball over extra cover for six, India were beaten. The given result meant that India lost their first series on their tour of Australia an New Zealand.

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