India Vs New Zealand 3rd t20i has become a high scoring twenty 20 international match as India need to do 213 in 20 overs to win the series. India won the toss and chose to field first on a batting pitch at Hamilton in their series decider and final game of India tour of New Zealand 2019.
New Zealand batsmen were best in the trade with their opening stand lasted until 79 runs. Tim Seifert was the first to give away his wicket. Dhoni did the track with his lightening fast stumping. Seifert could not understand a googly from Kuldeep Yadav and stumbled a bit but this was enough for Dhoni’s hand to turn down the bails. Seifert made 43 off 25 balls with the help of 3 fours and 3 sixes.
Colin Munro was at his best. He was looking promising to reach his 4th T20I hundred but had to stop in an effort to hit a six to Khaleel Ahmad. Before giving away his wicket, Munro smashed 4, 6 and then again 4 to Khaleel Ahmad in same over. Munro scored 70 off 40 balls. His innings included 5 sixes and 5 fours. His wicket was a fresh air for India as Munro was looking to take his team somewhere near 250.
As always, Kane Williamson was playing in single and doubles and giving full chance to his hard hitting batsmen. First Munro and then after he went back to pavilion, Williamson gave full chance to C de Grandhomme. However in one of Khaleel Ahmad’s over, after hitting 2 consecutive fours and a double, Williamson tried to pull a short delivery but had an edge which landed straight into Kuldeep Yadav’a hands. Williamson scored 27 off 21 balls with the help of 3 fours.
de Grandhomme scored 30 off 16 balls with 3 fours and 1 six while DJ Mitchel and Rose Taylor remained unbeaten on 19 and 14 respectively. Taylor smashed a last ball four to take New Zealand at 212, one of the highest scores that India will have to chase in T20Is.
India has previously chased 200 plus score in t20is three times. Highest of which was 217 vs West Indies. India will have to show same amount of effort to take this series home.
India won ODI series by 3-2, winning first three straight games in the start but as soon as Virat Kohli took rest and left New Zealand, India lost last 2 games. This triggered the arguments that Virat Kohli is a 50% of Indian team. If he is missing, Indian team is almost dead.
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