Team India win 3-match T20 series by 1-0 against the Kiwis
IND vs NZ: New Zealand captain Tim Southee won the toss and decided to bat first in the 3rd T20 against India. The kiwis' innings were reduced to 160 runs in 19.4 overs. In response, India scored 75 runs for four wickets in nine overs before rain interrupted the match. As per the DLS method, India had scored 75 runs and somehow manage to reach the DLS par score. Unfortunately, the rain had some other plans and both the umpires decided to end the match, and it was declared a tie. India won the 3-match T20 series by 1-0.
However, the first match of the series was completely washed out by rain. Even the toss could not happen then. At the same time, Team India won the second match by 65 runs with a sublime hundred by Suryakumar. The 3rd match of this shortest format of the series was also called off due to rain. This is Team India's second consecutive T20 series win over New Zealand at home. Earlier in 2020, India, under the captaincy of Kohli, defeated the Kiwi team 5-0 in the T20 series in their backyard.
Chasing the target of 161 runs, India got off to a bad start. Adam Milne had Ishan Kishan (10) caught by Mark Chapman at deep square leg in the second over. After this, Tim Southee gave two strong blows to India. He hunted Rishabh Pant (11) and Shreyas Iyer on the fourth and fifth balls of the third over respectively. Pant went ahead and played the shot on the short ball and Ish Sodhi took a brilliant catch at the third man. On the next ball, James Neesham took a brilliant catch of Iyer in the slip. Iyer could not open the account.
After falling three wickets for 21 runs, Suryakumar Yadav (13) and captain Hardik Pandya (30 *) tried to handle India. Both shared a 39-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Ish Sodhi dealt a blow to India in the seventh over by getting SKY caught by Glenn Phillips at deep midwicket. Meanwhile, Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda (9 *) also got lucky. Both of them shared a 15-run partnership for the fifth wicket when rain stopped the match and no further play took place. Skipper Tim Southee took the most two wickets from NZ. One wicket each came on the account of Mitchell Santner and Adam Milne.
New Zealand's innings
The Kiwis got off to a very poor start after winning the toss and opting to bat first. Arshdeep Singh gave India the first breakthrough by dismissing Finn Allen (3) lbw in the second over. After this, Mohammed Siraj gave a second blow to NZ by getting Mark Chapman (12) out and caught by Arshdeep. From here on, Devon Conway (59) and Glenn Phillips (54) shared an 86-run partnership for the third wicket to put New Zealand in a strong position.
Both batters completed their half-centuries during this period. The fast bowler Siraj broke the partnership in the 16th over by getting Phillips caught by Bhuvneshwar. Phillips scored 54 runs in 49 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. From here the Indian bowlers made a tremendous comeback and all out New Zealand in the next 30 runs. Devon Conway scored 59 runs in 49 balls with the help of 5 fours and two sixes. For India, Siraj and Arshdeep Singh took four wickets each. Harshal Patel got a breakthrough in his account.
Match of the Match: Mohammed Siraj
Man of the Series: Suryakumar Yadav
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