India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I: Irrespective of which ground or the country he’s playing in – former India captain MS Dhoni enjoys a cult following among the cricket lovers all around the world. Dhoni is nothing short of a demigod and fans got a glimpse of that once again during the third and final T20I between India and New Zealand in Hamilton. Back in India, these sightings are common during domestic matches as Dhoni has a humungous fan base. The incident took place when a fan breached the security while the Men in Blue were fielding, he got inside the field and ran straight towards Dhoni with the Indian national flag. The fan then touched Dhoni’s feet and gave him the flag, before being taken away by the security.
Here is the video which shows the entry of the fan:
Dhoni featured in his 300th T20 and became the first Indian cricketer to do so. In 2017, he became only the fourth Indian reach 300 ODI appearances. Only Sachin Tendulkar (463), Rahul Dravid (344), Mohammad Azharuddin (334), Sourav Ganguly (311) and Yuvraj Singh (304) had done that prior to him.
Meanwhile, India lost the match by four runs. It went right down to the wire before the hosts edged out Rohit’s men. India had the opportunity to create history by becoming the first team to win a bilateral T20I series in New Zealand but that was not to be. All eyes will be on MS, when he takes the long road to achieve a treble later this year – another World Cup victory after the 2007 T20 and 2011 50-over title.
It was a thrilling end to a gripping series as New Zealand maintain their perfect record at home as they denied India a historical win in the shortest format. For the second time in span of last four days, Team India failed to chase down a 200 plus total on the Kiwiland resulting in a T20I series loss 1-2. Set 213 to win the decider in Hamilton, India managed 208 thanks to a spirited bowling effort from New Zealand.
The visitors suffered a setback early when Shikhar Dhawan departed for 5. Vijay Shankar was promoted up the order at No.3 once again and he did not disappoint: he outscored Rohit Sharma and raced away to 43 to set up the chase for India. However, his wicket at a crucial juncture of the match allowed the Black Caps to bounce back.