India ace shortened match to seal series

India innings (toss: New Zealand, who chose to bowl first)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
R Sharma caught Santner, bowled Southee 8 (9) 1 0 88.88
S Dhawan caught Santner, bowled Southee 6 (6) 1 0 100.00
V Kohli (c) caught Boult, bowled Sodhi 13 (6) 1 1 216.66
S Iyer caught Guptill, bowled Sodhi 6 (6) 0 0 100.00
M Pandey caught de Grandhomme, bowled Boult 17 (11) 1 1 154.54
H Pandya not out 14 (10) 0 1 140.00
MS Dhoni (wk) not out 0 (0) 0 0 0.00
Batsmen who didn’t bat: B Kumar, K Yadav, Y Chahal, and J Bumrah
Extras: 3 (1 wide, 2 leg byes)
India’s total: 67/5 in 8 overs, at 8.37 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 15/1 (Dhawan, 2.2), 15/2 (Rohit, 2.3), 30/3 (Kohli, 3.5), 48/4 (Iyer, 5.4), 62/5 (Pandey, 7.2)
New Zealand bowling
Bowlers Overs Dot balls Runs given Wickets  Economy
T Boult 2 5 13 1 6.50
M Santner 2 6 16 0 8.00
T Southee 2 4 13 2 6.50
I Sodhi 2 3 23 2 11.50
New Zealand innings (target: 68 runs in 8 overs, at 8.50 runs per over)
Batsman Dismissal Runs scored 4s 6s Strike rate
M Guptill bowled Bhuvneshwar 1 (3) 0 0 33.33
C Munro caught Rohit, bowled Bumrah 7 (6) 0 1 116.66
K Williamson (c) run out by Hardik 8 (10) 0 0 80.00
G Phillips (wk) caught Dhawan, bowled Kuldeep 11 (9) 2 0 122.22
C de Grandhomme not out 17 (10) 0 2 170.00
H Nicholls caught Iyer, bowled Bumrah 2 (4) 0 0 50.00
T Bruce run out by Hardik/Dhoni 4 (2) 1 0 200.00
M Santner not out 3 (4) 0 0 75.00
Batsman who didn’t bat: T Southee, I Sodhi, T Boult
Extras: 8 (3 wides, 1 leg bye, 4 byes)
NZ’s total: 61/6 in 8 overs, at 7.62 runs per over
Fall of wickets: 8/1 (Guptill, 0.6), 8/2 (Munro, 1.3), 28/3 (Williamson, 4.3), 28/4 (Phillips, 4.4), 39/5 (Nicholls, 6.1), 48/6 (Bruce, 6.5)
India bowling
Bowlers Overs Dot balls Runs given Wickets Economy
B Kumar 2 5 18 1 9.00
J Bumrah 2 8 9 2 4.50
Y Chahal 2 6 8 0 4.00
K Yadav 1 2 10 1 10.00
H Pandya 1 2 11 0 11.00

3rd T20 man-of-the-match:

Jasprit Bumrah, for taking 2/9 in two overs, eight balls of which were dots.

Match top scorer: Colin de Grandhomme (10-ball 17, 2×6)

Where was the 3rd T20 International won and lost?

Losing the toss and being put into bat proved to be a blessing in disguise for India, who made 67/5 in a shortened, eight-over match and then restrirestricted New Zealand to 61/6 in eight overs, to win by six runs.

With the Greenfield Stadium pitch, which had been under the covers leading up to the 3rd T20 and even on the matchday, being extremely moist and the top surface too loose for the batsman’s liking, batting was expected to get tougher for the team chasing. And though India needed to put a sizeable score on the board, every run they made put pressure on New Zealand and their batsmen, despite the supposed advantage of chasing.

Manish Pandey top-scored for India with an 11-ball 17 (1×4 and 1×6) and cameos from him and Hardik Pandya, who scored 14 runs off 10 balls, were crucial to India getting to 67/5, after losing their openers, Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, on successive balls in the third over and when only 15 runs had been scored. For New Zealand, Tim Southee (2/13) was the standout bowler, who was also well-complemented by Trent Boult (1/13) and Ish Sodhi (2/23). The New Zealand seamers and spinners made optimum use of the pitch conditions.

68 was a challenging score to chase down and the Indian bowlers too had a tough task on their hands trying to defend it. But restricting the Kiwis to just 11 and taking the wicket of Martin Guptill in the powerplay (two overs) helped matters. Because, from then on, the visitors needed to score at close to 10 runs per over and India had one over of Bumrah and four overs the wrist spin of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav up their sleeve. Colin Munro, the centurion in the second T20, mustered only eight runs, as a combination of the constantly climbing required run rate, an increasingly difficult pitch and impeccable bowling from Bumrah got the better of him. India’s catching and ground fielding were a couple of notches better than in Rajkot and they made a tangible difference to the outcome here.

Glenn Phillips and Colin de Grandhomme were the only batsmen to get into double figures for the Kiwis and with their hits to the boundary—wicketkeeper Phillips struck a couple of fours and all-rounder Grandhomme smashed a couple of sixes—New Zealand remained in the hunt. But the visitors never got that 15 or 20-run over necessary to get to a target like this, particularly after an extremely slow start.

The equation came down to 29 runs off two overs. Bumrah was assigned to bowl the seventh over, he was under extreme pressure, knowing that he had to restrict the New Zealand batsmen to at most 10 runs and leave close to 20 runs to get in the last over. And only 10 runs were scored in the seventh over, leaving the Kiwis with 19 runs to get off the last. With Hardik Pandya bowling the final over, De Grandhomme hit the third delivery for a six, but, with 12 runs needed off the last three balls, only five runs were scored.

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