New Zealand maintained their perfect record at home as they denied India a historical win in the shortest format on Sunday at the Seddon Park stadium in Hamilton. For the second time in span of last four days, Team India failed to chase down a 200 plus total on the Kiwis and 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. This match concluded with yet another record and one which the visitors will not be proud of – the loss marked the most T20Is defeat against any opposition, as New Zealand pipped England to gain their much-deserved 8th victory against the Men in Blue.
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.
“Disappointing to not cross the line but we fought well right till the end. 210 odd (213-run target) was always going to be tough, but we were in it till the end. They held their nerve and kept hitting their yorkers,” said Rohit at the post-match presentation.
“Still lot of positives, we started well with the ODIs, wanted to do well here but the boys throughout the tour were excellent, put in a lot of hard work. They will be disappointed tonight but we’ve to learn from the mistakes we made and move ahead.” India next host Australia for two T20s and five ODIs, starting in Vizag on February 24.