IND vs NZ: The third T20 international between New Zealand and India resulted in a tie due to rain on Tuesday. With that, India won the series 1-0 against the Blackcaps under the leadership of Hardik Pandya. Going into the final match of the T20 series, India made one change in the playing XI. They stuck with the opening combination of Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan but added Harshal Patel at the expense of Washington Sundar.
For New Zealand, Mark Chapman came into the side, replacing Kane Williamson. New Zealand, once again, didn’t get off to a good start with the bat as Finn Allen’s disappointing returns with the bat continued. He fell only in the second over of the innings after scoring only 3 runs in 4 balls. Mark Chapman made a run-a-ball 12 as the Blackcaps had lost 2 for 44 inside the first six over.
Devon Conway then steadied the ship along with Glenn Phillips as the duo added 86 runs for the third wicket. Thanks to that partnership, New Zealand scored 130 runs in just 15 overs. Siraj then accounted for the wicket of Phillips (54 off 33) to bring his team back into the game.
Phillips’ wicket saw a collapse as wickets fell in a cluster. The bottom six players in the batting unit got out for single-digit scores. Conway got out after scoring 59 off 49 in the 17th over and none of the other batters got going, thereafter. In the last four overs, New Zealand only managed 30 runs and, as a result, managed 160 on the board.
As for India’s bowling unit, Arshdeep Singh and Siraj both picked four wickets each. In pursuit of the target, the opening combination of Rishabh Pant and Ishan Kishan, once again, failed to hit the straps. Southee made a brilliant start as he reduced India to 21 for 3 inside the powerplay.
But Hardik Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav led the fightback with a 39-run partnership. The former also got out but India managed to reach the par score when the play was called off because of rain. Hardik Pandya ended up playing an unbeaten knock of 30 runs in 18 balls, including 3 fours and 1 six.
IND vs NZ 3rd T20I: New Zealand 160 (Conway 59, Phillips 54, Siraj 4-17, Arshdeep 4-37) tied with India 75 for 4 (Pandya 30*, Southee 2-27) via DLS method