India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I Highlights – Seddon Park, Hamilton: The 3-month long sojourn though has come to an end with the Indians losing a series at last. The Kiwi total of 212 was just too much in the end. The Indian chase started with Shikhar Dhawan departing early. Rohit Sharma was joined by Vijay Shankar in the middle and they both took the innings forward. The former was playing second-fiddle as his partner went after the bowling. Shankar fell and was replaced by Pant who then carried on that role but not for long. The required rate meant that both batsmen had to go for big runs but the Indian skipper was just unable to do so. He eventually fell for pretty slow innings in the context of the game. MS Dhoni went early, Dinesh Karthik and the Pandya brothers tried their best but fell just short of the mammoth total. The Kiwi bowlers held their nerve to snatch victory, especially Tim Southee in the last over after going for plenty in his previous one. (SCORECARD) (CRICKET STREAMING – IND vs NZ)
HIGHLIGHTS 3rd T20I, IND vs NZ AT HAMILTON
16.04 IST: Colin Munro is the Man of the Match! Says it was touch and go and credits his bowlers for doing a great job. Adds that it’s pleasing and he didn’t try to do anything different. States that he tried to play his game and pressurized the bowlers.
15.59 IST: What a humdinger here at Seddon Park. The 3-month long sojourn though has come to an end with the Indians losing a series at last. The Kiwi total of 212 was just too much in the end. The Indian chase started with Shikhar Dhawan departing early. Rohit Sharma was joined by Vijay Shankar in the middle and they both took the innings forward. The former was playing second-fiddle as his partner went after the bowling. Shankar fell and was replaced by Pant who then carried on that role but not for long. The required rate meant that both batsmen had to go for big runs but the Indian skipper was just unable to do so. He eventually fell for pretty slow innings in the context of the game. MS Dhoni went early, Dinesh Karthik and the Pandya brothers tried their best but fell just short of the mammoth total. The Kiwi bowlers held their nerve to snatch victory, especially Tim Southee in the last over after going for plenty in his previous one. The pitch was a batting paradise and two relatively-unknown faces in Daryl Mitchell and Blair Tickner were the pick of the bowlers. They hit the right lengths under pressure and ensured they did not go for too much. Even though Southee’s final figures were not too impressive, he bowled the all-important final over and ensured that his team went over the line and won the series 2-1. A brilliant game for the deciding game and the better team won.
15.55 IST: SIX! But that won’t matter much. NEW ZEALAND WIN BY 4 RUNS! A length delivery outside off, Karthik gets one from the middle of the bat as he powers it over covers for a maximum. The Kiwis are smiling, a series win for them! New Zealand (212/4) beat India (208/6) by 4 runs to win 3-match series 2-1 in Hamilton. Shankar 43, Rohit 38, Mitchell 2/27, Santner 2/32
15.48 IST: SIX! What a hit by Krunal Pandya. That is the best result if you are an Indian fan. A length ball outside off and Kuggeleijn errs on the last ball. IND 197/6 in 19 overs, need 16 runs to win vs NZ (212/4)
15.45 IST: SIX! That has gone a mile! Karthik is special! A length ball and really pacy, Dinesh rocks back and has enough time to deposit the ball way back over the rope at deep backward square leg. India 190/6 in 18.3 overs, need 23 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
15.41 IST: FOUR! Inside edged for four. The Indians will not mind how they come as long as they do. IND 176/6 in 17.3 overs, need 37 runs to win vs NZ (212/4)
15.39 IST: SIX! Wide outside off and Krunal reaches out and lifts it way back into the stands over deep cover for a maximum. Pressure on the bowler. India 172/6 in 17.2 overs, need 41 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
15.35 IST: SIX! High…high…and handsome! Just stand and delivery. Uses his long reach to attack that ball and spanks it over extra cover for a maximum. Good start to the over. IND 160/6 in 16.2 overs, need 53 runs to win vs NZ (212/4)
15.31 IST: SIX! This one has disappeared. India won’t go down without a fight. Mitchell bowls it short around the middle and off, Karthik shuffles across to get inside the line and then pulls it all the way over deep backward square leg for a biggie. He has made a reputation of a finisher of late and the Men in Blue will be hoping for some heroics from DK! India 153/6 in 15.5 overs, need 60 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
15.29 IST: OUT! Daryl Mitchell removes MS Dhoni for 2. High in the air and easily taken by Southee at long on. The Kiwis see the end of Dhoni and this is a sight that will hurt the Indian fans. A length ball and MS Dhoni goes for the huge one over long on. Does not get all of it and the ball goes higher rather than far. Holes out at long on. India losing their way now in the chase, still need 68 in 28 balls. Mitchell has really bowled well today in the context of the game, 2 wickets. IND 145/6 in 15.2 overs, need 68 runs to win vs NZ (212/4)
15.25 IST: OUT! Scott Kuggeleijn removes Hardik Pandya for 21. Bizarre dismissal. Ball is flying, bat is flying, the former is caught which matters the most for the Kiwis. Kuggeleijn digs in a short ball on off at 144 kph, hurries up the batsman with his strong pace. Hardik tries to pull but the bat slips from his hands as he makes contact with the top edge and it balloons towards mid off. Kane Williamson moves swiftly across to his right from extra cover and takes the catch safely. The little cameo from Pandya is over but India needed more from him. India 145/5 in 15 overs, need 68 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
15.19 IST: OUT! Daryl Mitchell gets the big fish, Rohit Sharma is gone for 38. Huge wicket in the context of the game. Rohit was looking out of sorts but everyone knows how dangerous he can be. A good length ball wide of off stump and Sharma goes chasing. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to Seifert who takes a simple catch. No special Hitman show today and New Zealand pick up another wicket. The Indians need 72 runs in 36 balls. India 141/3 in 14 overs, need 72 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
15.17 IST: SIX! Waits for the ball and smashes this one straight back into the sightscreen. A slower ball from Daryl, Hardik waits and waits before he uses his bottom hand and deposits this one over the rope straight back behind the bowler. IND 92/2 in 9 overs, need 121 runs to win vs NZ (212/4)
15.13 IST: SIX! He has come in with a license to hit. Short in length around off, Pandya jumps inside the crease to get on top of the ball and pulls it enormously over mid-wicket. India 127/3 in 12.4 overs vs New Zealand (212/4)
15.11 IST: OUT! Blair Tickner removes Rishabh Pant for 28. The first international wicket for Tickner and it has come off a full toss. The pressure was building and Pant in a bid to hit out has given it straight to the fielder at mid-wicket. A full toss outside off, Rishabh looks to slog that over cow corner but does not get the elevation. Kane Williamson takes a smart catch and this wicket has come at a really important time. The Indians still need 92 in 46 balls. India 121/3 in 12.2 overs, need 92 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
15.00 IST: SIX! Pant just loves spinners, another big over for the men in blue – 17 off it. Goes with the turn on this occasion. Attacks it with all his might, fetches it from outside off and launches it over long on. 16 from the over. India well on track in this big run chase. 104 needed off 60 balls. India 109/2 in 10 overs, need 104 runs to win vs New Zealand
14.57 IST: SIX! Second boundary of two balls he has faced. This is incredible batting by someone who has just walked out. A flighted ball on middle, Pant comes down the track and deposits this one deep over mid-wicket for a maximum. IND 92/2 in 9 overs, need 121 runs to win vs NZ (212/4)
14.56 IST: FOUR! Pant is up and running. A flatter one on the pads, Rishabh sweeps the first ball he faces away wide of short fine leg. No fielder back there ensures it’s a boundary.
14.53 IST: OUT! Mitchell Santner gets the second one, Vijay Shankar departs for 43. Four and then a wicket. Shankar was just picking up his pace but has to depart now. This ball was not short enough but Shankar went for the sweep initially. He tries to adjust and then hit it over mid-wicket hence does not get a true connection. The ball goes only as far as de Grandhomme in the deep who running to his right takes a really good catch. Santner strikes and it is a good time to pick up a wicket. India 81/1 in 8.3 overs, need 132 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
14.51 IST: SIX! Back-to-back maximums from Vijay Shankar. Shankar is pressing on the accelerator. A googly landing full on off, Vijay kneels and smokes it over mid-wicket for a biggie. India 76/1 in 8 overs, need 137 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
14.42 IST: FOUR! 50 up for the visitors. Up and over! Another slower delivery, short and wide outside off, Shankar reaches out for it and hits it firmly over mid off. Not timed properly but still a boundary. IND 54/1 in 5.3 overs, need 159 runs to win vs NZ (212/4)
14.35 IST: FOUR! A length ball outside off and Shankar looked to punch it through the covers but the ball is sliced and it goes over backward point. Into the fence on a bounce. Almost six that one. Good ball though that. India 38/1 in 4 overs, need 175 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
14.30 IST: FOUR! You cannot bowl on the pads of the Indian batsmen. Scott commits that sin and Shankar once again uses the pace of the bowler to flick it behind square leg for a boundary. Right from the middle of the bit! IND 29/1 in 3 overs, need 184 runs to win vs NZ (212/4)
14.25 IST: FOUR! Well controlled. A length ball outside off, Sharma just opens the face of the bat and runs it fine of third man for a boundary. Deft. India 18/1 in 2 overs, need 195 runs to win vs New Zealand (212/4)
14.19 IST: OUT! Mitchell Santner removes Shikhar Dhawan for 5. A flatter one on middle, Dhawan looks to sweep it away but fails to keep it down. The ball goes in the air and Daryl Mitchell comes forward and takes a brilliant tumbling catch. A massive wicket for the Kiwis early on in the chase. India 11/1 in 1 over vs New Zealand (212/4)
14.17 IST: FOUR! Boundary number one of the chase. Short and wide outside off, punished by Dhawan as he cuts it away to the boundary. IND 4/0 in 0.2 overs vs NZ (212/4)
14.15 IST: The players and the umpires make their way out to the middle. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, as usual, to open for the Indians. Surprise, surprise. Mitchell Santner has the new ball for the Kiwis. 213 to win, who will? Let’s play..
14.07 IST: FOUR! New Zealand 212/4 in 20 overs vs India at Seddon Park, Hamilton. Munro 72, Seifert 43, Kuldeep 2/26
14.02 IST: SIX! Powerfully struck! A short of a length ball sitting up to be hit, Ross sits back and pulls this one over the head of deep square leg. It goes a few rows back. New Zealand 206/4 in 19.1 overs vs India
14.01 IST: FOUR! The 200 is up for the hosts! Courtesy a top edge. A shorter length ball outside off and Daryl throws the kitchen sink at that one. The ball takes the top edge, flies over the head of short fine leg. Was really high and the fielder tries to run back from short fine leg, another one from deep square leg tries to come around but the ball beats them both. NZ 200/4 in 19 overs vs IND
13.57 IST: OUT! Bhuvneshwar removes De Grandhomme for 30. Good death bowling. A nice fuller length ball wide of off stump and Grandhomme reaches out for that ball and looks to smash it over cover. The ball takes the outside edge and goes to Dhoni who does not make a mistake. The ball would have been a wide had he left that alone. A good result for India though, a wicket and a dot ball. New Zealand 193/4 in 18.2 overs vs India
13.51 IST: FOUR! Errs in execution this time and concedes a boundary. Full toss on middle, Mitchell smashes it straight over the bowler’s head for a boundary. 15 from the over. New Zealand charging towards a total of 200-plus. NZ 187/3 in 17.2 overs vs IND
13.46 IST: FOUR! Back-to-back boundaries by Colin de Gradhomme, NZ look all set for a big finish. Poor line from Bhuvi. Brings third man up and bowls it short and wide outside off. Colin needs no second invitation to put it away through backward point. New Zealand 175/3 in 15.3 overs vs India
13.42 IST: SIX! In the arc and out of the park, what a hit by de Grandhomme. A flatter one but it lands as a half-volley on middle, Colin powers it over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. No, no, no says Dhoni from behind the wicket. New Zealand 159/3 in 15.3 overs vs India
13.38 IST: OUT! Khaleel removes Williamson for 27. Caught at short fine leg. Williamson has to go. A pacy short of a length ball from around the wicket by Khaleel, Kane comes inside the line and looks to lift it over fine leg who was in the circle. The ball comes onto him too quickly and goes high in the air but not far enough. Kuldeep settles under it and takes a simple catch. New Zealand won’t mind as the runs are what matter now and lots of batsmen are left. NZ 151/3 in 15 overs vs IND
13.37 IST: FOUR! Master! Williamson caresses this fuller one outside off with such great timing for a boundary through cover. Brilliant batting. 150 is up here for the hosts. New Zealand 150/1 in 14.3 overs vs India
13.35 IST: FOUR! Powered away by Williamson. A length ball outside off and Kane is on his toes as he drives this ball on his toes wide of deep cover where Shankar makes a good effort but cannot stop the ball. NZ 144/1 in 14.1 overs vs IND
13.31 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav removes Colin Munro for 76. Smart stuff from Kuldeep, relief for Khaleel. A flighted ball well outside off, Munro wants to hit for a maximum and goes chasing after that ball. The ball takes the top edge and goes to Hardik who comes running in from long on. Takes a good catch and sends back the danger man. Finally, a second wicket for the bowling team. New Zealand 136/2 in 13.3 overs vs India
13.27 IST: SIX! Munro’s punishing time. Khaleel must be feeling really bad now. Hardik Pandya tried the yorker, lost it by some distance, Munro happily muscles that all the way over the long-on fence, he’s making India pay every ball. New Zealand 130/1 in 12.4 overs vs India
13.25 IST: DROPPED! That is a sitter! Khaleel Ahmed the man in the firing line. A slower ball on middle and leg, Munro looks to turn it away on the leg side. The ball goes off his top edge and high in the air. Khaleel Ahmed has lots of time to settle under it and take it. He settles under the ball but lets it go through. Huge let-off for the batsman, that too of Munro’s caliber. NZ 119/1 in 12.1 overs vs IND
13.21 IST: FOUR! Munro is playing a gem here. Smashed over cover. Munro is seriously timing them really well here. A full and flatter one outside off, it is just hit over the infield for a boundary with ease. New Zealand 110/1 in 11 overs vs India
13.18 IST: SIX! 100 up for the home side. Smacked over deep mid-wicket by Munro. A flatter one outside off and Munro reaches out and slogs it over the fence. Fifty for him as well, his 9th in T20Is. NZ 102/1 in 10.1 overs vs IND
13.15 IST: SIX! Shot! Yadav slows this one up in the air and delivers it full around off. Turning back in and Munro smokes it over square leg after going down on one knee. It’s with the turn and goes all the way. New Zealand 95/1 in 9.4 overs vs India at Seddon Park
13.08 IST: OUT! Kuldeep Yadav removes Tim Seifert for 43. That was a matter of centimeters. MS Dhoni, you genius. Only he can do this. What reflexes! Kuldeep delivers it full and outside off, Seifert stretches forward to play at it but it spins away to beat the bat. Dhoni collects the ball and is lightning quick in taking the bails off. He appeals after that and then goes to celebrate with his players. The square leg umpire refers it upstairs. It looks like a close matter. The third umpire watches a few angles and then rules it in favour of the fielding team. Those swift hands of MSD! Legendary.NZ 80/1 in 7.4 overs vs IND
13.06 IST: Stumping appeal, the third umpire is called. Legal ball. Is Seifert’s back leg on the line? Touch and go!
13.02 IST: SIX! What timing! An off-pace length ball well outside off and Seifert reaches out to the ball and lifts it way back over long off for another maximum. New Zealand 77/0 in 6.3 overs vs India
13.00 IST: FOUR! The runs are flowing here. A length ball outside off and driven wide of mid off where Kuldeep makes a diving effort but can’t stop the ball. NZ 70/0 in 6.1 overs vs IND
12.59 IST: SIX! Over the short boundary at fine leg. A fuller length ball on middle, Seifert comes inside the line, takes it on the full and lifts it over the ropes at fine leg for a maximum. This is turning into a very expensive over. New Zealand 66/0 in 6 overs vs India
12.56 IST: SIX! Dispatched! Krunal serves one right in the slot for the batsman. It’s full and on middle, Munro kneels down and goes with the spin. Swings his big arms and nails his slog sweep over mid-wicket for a biggie. The 50 comes up for the hosts. NZ 53/0 in 5.3 overs vs IND
12.51 IST: FOUR! Slower one again travels to the fence. Back of a length ball on middle at 118 kph, Seifert stays back and eases his pull behind square leg for a boundary. 16 from the over, this has been a Wellington-kind of a start for the Kiwis. NZ 38/0 in 4 overs vs IND
12.48 IST: SIX! Great connection this time. Seifert premeditates his movement inside the crease. Takes it on the full and spoons it all the way over fine leg for a biggie. New Zealand 32/0 in 3.3 overs vs India
12.47 IST: Dropped! Goodness me, that would have been some catch by Vijay Shankar. Wow, what an effort! Khaleel lands it on a length and in the line of the stumps, Seifert advances down for the lofted shot over covers but ends up slicing it over point. Shankar runs back from inside the ring, keeps his eyes on the ball and then tries to catch it with a dive. But he fails to hold on and palms it behind for a boundary. Full marks for this type of fielding.
12.42 IST: Now it is time for the batsman to cause a pause. Colin Munro wants to change his bat mid-way. Not sure whether something broke or he just wanted a different one.
12.38 IST: FOUR! Slower ball and read out of the bowler’s hand by the batsman. On a good length outside off, sits up to be hit and Seifert makes good enough contact for the ball to go over the head of covers and all the way to the fence. NZ 17/0 in 1.4 overs vs IND
12.32 IST: SIX! Munro has made his intentions clear in the very first ball. A short of a length ball on middle, Colin comes down the track and flat-bats this one over long on for a biggie. New Zealand 9/0 in 0.3 overs vs India
12.30 IST: The players and the officials have taken their position on the field. Tim Seifert and Colin Munro are the openers for the hosts and Bhuvneshwar Kumar is ready with the new ball for India. All to play for, let’s go…
12:27 IST: Both sides line up for the national anthems. It’s really a great atmosphere here. Jam-packed stadium for this crunch game. We can’t wait for this contest to begin.
12:07 IST: MS DHONI becomes the first Indian cricketer to feature in 300 T20s.
12:05 IST: SQUADS
India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed
New Zealand XI: Tim Seifert(w), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Doug Bracewell, James Neesham
12:00: Looks like a win the toss, bat first pitch. But India may think otherwise. Where should Dhoni bat? Will Shankar be retained? Will both the Pandyas feature? Questions that will have answers in 10 minutes from now.
11:55 IST: Blair Tickler gets his maiden cap. He is fast and incredibly tall. The square boundaries are going to be short and that means bowling short would not be the way to go.
11:52 IST: Pitch report indicates it is going to be a batting paradise and 200-220 is possible.
Not good news, the eves have been whitewashed 3-0. Smriti Mandhana’s 86 goes in vain as White Ferns clinch a thrilling two-run win in the final match in Hamilton.
11:35 IST: It would be interesting to see if Kuldeep is picked over Yuzvendra Chahal who has been expensive in the two games played. The Men in Blue will certainly start favourites after the win at Auckland but Kiwis are a fighting unit and nothing can be taken for granted.
India (From): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Khaleel Ahmed, Kedar Jadhav, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj
New Zealand (From): Tim Seifert(w), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Doug Bracewell, James Neesham