Rohit Sharma, India Captain: 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 held their nerve 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.
Man-of-the-Series award goes to
Tim Seifert. He said, “Great to have a performance like that, but it’s great to get a victory, particularly a last-minute one like that. Great to have batted with Colin Munro. It’s awesome in my hometown, that the crowd have come out in full support, hopefully they do so for the SuperSmash final as well.
Colin Munro is the
Man of the Match. At the presentation ceremony,
Munro said: Touch and go there until the final minute. India – you get one good batsman, another one comes along. The boys did a really good job of finishing off the really good Indian batsmen. Didn’t really focus on trying to do anything different, tried to put pressure back on the bowlers
INDIA INNINGS (208/6)
End of Over 20: New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by four runs to win the three-match series 2-1.
Over 19: Karthik’s SIX and then one from Pandya to end Kuggleijn’s over keeps India hopeful. 16 needed off the last 6 balls.
End of Over 18: Krunal on a roll! 4, 6, 4 as Southee’s figures take a beating and India’s hopes rekindle at 183/6 in 18 overs, needing 30 off 12 balls.
End of Over 17: Dinesh Karthik, 16* off 8 with the help of two sixes, is doing his bit. But the asking rate keeps climbing with every passing delivery. Now 48 needed off 18 balls.
15.2 Overs: Dhoni (2) tries to go big but perishes in the deep. He had to go for it but couldn’t connect properly. Mitchell gets his second wicket.
Too many wickets. This run-chase is coming apart spectacularly after the halfway point.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1549792806000
14.5 Overs: Dramatic dismissal! Pandya (21 off 11) tries to pull Kuggeleijn but loses his bat in the process and the resultant edge is easily taken by Williamson. India 145/5
End of Over 14:
OUT! Rohit (38) is caught behind as Mitchell strikes to seriously damage India’s hopes of a series win.
Pandya, like Pant, is throwing the kitchen sink at everything coming his way.
End of Over 13: Hardik comes in and gets on with it right away with a first-ball six. 128/3
Gone! Creating pressure works for the Kiwis. Tickner has his first T20I wicket as he removes Pant (28 off 12), caught by Williamson. 121/3
End of Over 12: Two overs without a boundary now as Mitchell too keeps Pant and Rohit quiet. That’s not what India wants. 120/2
End of Over 11: Tickner puts a plug on the boundaries with a decent seven-run over. 115/2
End of Over 10: India’s 100 comes up in 9.2 overs as Pant deposits Sodhi for a six, and ends the over with another BIG SIX to reach 23 off just 6 balls. Rohit is on 29 off 22 balls.
End of Over 9: OUT! Santner strikes. Vijay Shankar’s cameo comes to an end, caught by Grandhomme off a slog-sweep for 43 o ff 28 balls. New man Pant, though, ends the over on big-hitting note with a four and a six. 92/2
End of Over 8: Shankar sends Sodhi over deep extra cover for a six and then dispatches him over deep mid wicket. Two back-to-back sixes for Shankar. 14 runs off Sodhi’s over. 76/1, need 137 more runs to win in 72 balls.
Ish Sodhi comes into the attack. Skipper Williamson is having a discussion with him.
End of Over 7: Excellent over from Santner. Just 5 runs off his over. 62/1, need 151 more runs to win in 78 balls.
End of Over 6: Shankar gets another boundary. The all-rounder smashes Scott over mid on. 50-run partnership comes up between Shankar and Rohit. 57/1
End of Over 5: Good use of the feet from Rohit. He sends Southee for back-to-back boundaries. 11 runs off Southee’s over. 49/1, need 164 more in 90 balls.
End of Over 4: Tickner to Shankar. Shankar plays this with soft hands and the ball sails over short third man for a boundary. 9 runs off Tickner’s over. 38/1
End of Over 3: Kuggeleijn comes into the attack and gives away two boundaries – thanks to the two boundaries hit by Shankar, who is looking very comfortable. 29/1
End of Over 2: Tim Southee off to a disciplined start, except that deft steer by Rohit for a boundary down at the third-man area. 18/1
End of Over 1: OUT! Dhawan (5) falls in the first over of India’s run-chase, caught by Mitchell in the deep off spinner Santner. Eventful first over as NZ begin with spin. A boundary by Dhawan, then a wicket, followed by five wides. India 11/1. Vijay Shankar comes out to join his skipper.
Players walk out on the field for India’s reply, to be led by openers Rohit Dhawan and Shikhar Dhawan.
NEW ZEALAND INNINGS (212/4)
End of Over 20: The Kiwis finish with 212/4. Six and a four by Ross Taylor in the final over. This will require some chasing from India, if they want to end the tour on another series-winning note. Colin Munro top-scored with 72, while his fellow opener Tim Seifert made 43. Kuldeep Yadav was the best bowler for India with figures of 2/26.
If not today, the realisation will come soon enough that the Pandya brothers are your 2 overs bowlers & only a good… https://t.co/0dPe3afORT
— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 1549786900000
Most runs conceded by an India bowler in a bilateral T20I series: 131 Hardik Pandya 122 Khaleel Ahmed 119 Krunal P… https://t.co/S9uyzla64x
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End of Over 19: New Zealand have raised their 200. They are 200/4. Last six balls coming up.
Out! An edge off Grandhomme’s (30 off 16) bat and a simple catch for Dhoni, who is playing overall his 300th T20 match. Ross Taylor is the new man in. 193/4
End of Over 18: Two overs left in the New Zealand innings. Grandhomme (30*) & Mitchell (13*) going great guns to ensure a flourish in the end. 192/3
End of Over 17: Bhuvi comes back and suffers the heat. First Grandhomme welcomed him with consecutive fours and then Daryl Mitchell ended the over with another boundary. 182/3
End of Over 16: Krunal’s final over costs India 16 runs, as Grandhomme goes after him with first a six over mid-wicket and then sliced four over short-third-man fielder. Krunal’s damaging spell reads 0/54 in four overs. 167/3
14.3 Overs: OUT! Khaleel returns to bowl and removes Williamson for 27 off 21 balls, easily caught by Kuldeep. 150/3
13.2 Overs: WICKET! Munro’s blitz finally ends at 72 off 40. Hardik takes the catch, Kuldeep gets his second wicket. 135/2
Hardik Pandya will have luckier days than today……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1549785518000
End of Over 13:
DROPPED! Khaleel drops Munro (60* off 33), an easy skier, after the Kiwi opener mishit Hardik. This can prove really expensive for the visitors. And then a misfield by Vijay Shankar costs India four. Youngsters having a tough day in the office. 135/1
Krunal Pandya has figures of 0/38 in three overs – the most expensive so far among the Indian bowlers on show today.
End of Over 11: NZ 100 comes off a six by Munro, which also brings up the half-century for him off just 28 balls. 110/1
End of Over 10: Munro gets the measure of Kuldeep with that six off a well-executed sweep shot. At halfway stage, NZ 96/1.
Might be lucky with the decision but was another classic Dhoni stumping. #StillHasIt
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1549784371000
7.4 Overs: OUT! Stumping appeal by Dhoni and bowler Kuldeep! Third umpire pressed into service. And Dhoni’s swift glovework does the job again for India! The dangerous Seifert (43 off 25) is walking back. NZ 80/1.
End of Over 7: Hardik gets the stick now, as fours and sixes continue to fly off the Kiwi openers’ bats. 79/0
End of Over 6: The last over of the Powerplay turns out to be the most expensive as Krunal Pandya is welcomed to the bowling crease by Munro (29*) and Seifert (36*). Two sixes and a four take the runs in the over to 20 and the total to 66/0.
New Zealand have the start they wanted. Already India having to play catch up. This could be a big score.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) 1549783822000
Fifty up for NZ in 5.2 overs with a big six from Munro’s bat. Krunal Pandya getting some welcome to the bowling crease.
End of Over 5: Hardik Pandya completes his first over. Came back well after conceding a boundary to Munro (18* off 13) off the third ball of the over. 46/0
End of Over 4: Big over, courtesy back-to-back four and then six as Seifert (26 off 16)asserts himself. 17 runs coming from that Khaleel over. 38/0
End of Over 3: Good comeback by Bhuvi. After giving away 11 runs in his first over, he keeps it to just three — two singles and a wide — in the second. Good speed as well, regularly touching 140 kmph. 21/0
End of Over 2: Tim Seifert gets his first boundary under the belt. Short of length from Khaleel with room on offer, and the NZ opener hits it over the covers. 19/0
Khaleel Ahmed given new-ball duty from the other end.
End of Over 1: Colin Munro doesn’t need any invitations. Third ball, enough of sighters, and bang! Comes out to hit Bhuvi for a straight SIX to get the Kiwis going. Expensive first six balls, 11 runs off the over.
The Kiwi openers are out. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to start proceedings for India.
INDIA: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed
NEW ZEALAND: Tim Seifert (wk), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
One change to our Playing XI for today’s game. Kuldeep comes in place of Chahal. https://t.co/nUmmgKhKwz
— BCCI (@BCCI) 1549780413000
TEAM NEWS: India have made one change in their playing XI, bringing in chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in place of legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal. For New Zealand, Blair Tickner makes his debut and has replaced Lockie Ferguson, who has been rested.
TOSS: Rohit Sharma wins the toss and India decide to bowl first.
Blair Tickner is Twenty20 International #82 for New Zealand. Presented his cap by @CentralStags teammate Doug Brace… https://t.co/ct1JjHWgaC
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Hello and welcome to the Live coverage of the third and final T20I between India and New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Toss coming up soon in the decider, with the three-match series tantalizingly poised at 1-1.
The Indian team, led by Rohit Sharma, will be aiming to win the T20I series in New Zealand when the two sides clash in the third and final match today.
It has been a season of records for the Men in Blue who won its first Test and bilateral ODI series in Australia followed by the biggest one-day series win in New Zealand.
The T20 series is now locked at 1-1 with the hosts winning the first one convincingly and India returning the favour in style in the last game.
India had a nightmare in the same venue during the fourth ODI where they were skittled out for 92 in the wake of some quality swing bowling from Trent Boult.
India are expected to remain unchanged from the first two games.
In the first T20, Kiwis’ Tim Seifert gave the Indian bowlers a hard time but they came back strongly in the second tie.
Krunal Pandya has once again punched above his weight with some gritty performances in the two games. Khaleel Ahmed also took wickets and would look to fire again on Sunday. Skipper Rohit led with the bat in the game and became the world’s top run-getter in T20 Internationals.
For the hosts, they would look to draw inspiration from their first game and bat better.
Skipper Kane Williamson has endured a lean patch by his standards and veteran Ross Taylor has also blown hot and cold during the last three weeks.