With series victory looming, Hardik Pandya’s India are itching for glory when they take on New Zealand in the third and final T20I scheduled to take place on Wednesday at Hagley Oval in Christchurch. Frankly, the young brigade could not have asked for a better start to their tour of New Zealand than this. If you ask us to describe India’s performance, all we can say is – they came, they played and they triumphed.
The new look of the Indian team was clinical [to say the least] In the second match. Now, victory in the third T20I will not only help Hardik Pandya’s team close out the T20I series but will also give them a much sought after whitewash against New Zealand. Oh, and it will be interesting to see if there are any changes in India’s XI play. Everyone, including us, is excited for the final showdown. Especially after the smash hit of Suryakumar Yadav in the last match.
Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda produced sensational displays to secure a comfortable win over New Zealand in Sunday’s second T20I. Surya hit his second international century and Hooda scored impressive figures of 4/10 as India achieved a 65-run victory. Fans are expecting a similar offering from “Men In Blue” in the upcoming showdown.
Suryakumar Yadav came down to bat at a time when India were at 36 for 1. He, as usual, started playing amazing shots from the get-go and eventually sacked 111 runs in just 51 balls. The sky is definitely not the limit for our SKY. do not agree? The Mumbai-born batsman, known for his 360-degree approach, smashed 11 boundaries and seven sixes in the penultimate encounter. His power-packed batting helped India reach a defensible total of 191.
New Zealand, chasing a run, had an early shock after opening batsman Finn Allen was sent packing in the second delivery of the innings. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson put up strong resistance and scored 61 off 52 balls but his contribution was not enough to avoid defeat. However, it was Deepak Hooda who was the Indian bowling hero. Hooda grabbed four wickets and conceded just 10 runs after bowling 2.5 overs. With this, the Haryana-born all-rounder scored the best bowling figures in the T20I match between India and New Zealand.
Yuzvendra Chahal and Muhammad Siraj each got two wickets each to collect the kiwi for only 126. Chahal, who has not played a single match in the T20 World Cup, now wants to move on and boost his good form in the third match. spot on the team.
Indian fans and followers, ahead of the final fight, want Suryakumar to go on the offensive and guide the ‘men in blue’ to an overall series win. A strong team like New Zealand would like to take full advantage of this vulnerability in the final to avoid the humiliating whitewash. This is probably why captain Hardik Pandya emphasized the need for other two batsmen to perform.
Everyone is fickle but it sure was a special round for Surya. We were going to get 170-175. The bowlers did a good job and it was about being aggressive in the mentality. It’s not about taking every little ball, but being aggressive with the ball is important. The conditions were wet. Very, so credit to my bowlers. I’ve played the ball a lot, and I want to see more bowling options. Not always that will work but I want more batsmen to be involved with the ball,” Pandya said after the second T20I.
Almost everyone will agree that Suryakumar Yadav is one of the deadliest batsmen in white-ball cricket. Those scoops, slopping shots and slight shuffling right before unleashing the blow make him a delight to watch. Surya scores runs at will, plays catches all over the park and justifies the reputation of being the best T20I player at the moment. Whether it’s the slow pitches of the Indian subcontinent or the bouncy wickets of Australia and New Zealand, Surya sticks to what he does best. It takes tremendous talent and courage to stick to your own game and succeed in difficult circumstances on a regular basis.
“I enjoy hitting that way, I’ve been doing the same thing in the net, all training sessions and out [to the middle]All these things happen, I’m so happy about that,” was Suryakumar Yadav’s simple, plain reaction after scoring his second T20I century against the Kiwis on Sunday.
The designer’s direct reaction cannot describe the disbelief in his strike for New Zealand at the Bay Oval at Mount Maunganui. A deep dive into his numbers will speak to the sheer magnanimity of his ways. After India batted, Suryakumar Yadav revealed the strategy and explained why it was so important to keep batting until the last ball in the innings.
“In T20 cricket, the hundred is always special. But it was also important for me to bat until the end, that’s what Hardik said. [Pandya] He was telling me from the other end. Just try and play until 18-19, we need a score of 180-185, and we’re really happy with the result on the board,” Suriya said.
However, Suryakumar Yadav’s finesse would have been in vain had Deepak Hooda not produced a brilliant performance with the ball against Kane Williamson’s men on Sunday. Hooda became the first Indian bowler to score a four-wicket haul in T20I cricket against New Zealand. Overall, he is the fourth cricketer to do so after Daniel Vettori (4/20), Mitchell Santner (4/11) and Trent Boult (4/34).
After dismissing Ish Sodhi and Tim Southee off successive deliveries in the penultimate over, Hooda came close to scoring a hat-trick. Lucky Ferguson made the next tackle to thwart Hooda from setting another record.
Now, the million dollar question – will the ‘men in blue’ be able to carry on their winning momentum in the final showdown or will the New Zealanders once again rise to the occasion and emerge as enemies to India?
All we can say is that we’ll find out soon.
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