The T20I series is “done and dusty”. Now, it’s time for ODIs
We’re here to talk about India’s power-packed performance in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. The “In Blue” men finished the group 1-0 after the final match ended in a draw due to rain. It would not be wrong to say that the side led by Hardik Pandya ticked all the boxes and how. From Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Hooda and Mohammad Siraj attacks to Suryakumar Yadav reminiscent of Diwali fireworks, the fruitful young brigade festival has kept us glued to our screens. Oh, and we can’t help but talk about Pandya’s amazing captaincy and composure. And in the end, as Pandya said, “The dust was dusted. Well done.” I don’t know about you, but we couldn’t agree more here.
India were on 75/4 after nine overs when the match had to be stopped due to rain and their total was level with DLS even. Hardik Pandya, who was unbeaten, helped 30 off 18 balls India Climbing the ladder after a rocky start, “I was hoping you’d win the match by playing the extreme overs, but that’s what it is.” His ulcerated lots included three borders and a six.
“At some point, I felt attack was the best defense on those wickets. We know what kind of bowling attacks they have, it was very important to get those 10-15 extra runs even though we lost a few runs,” Pandya said in a post-match chat. : “A game like this would have given us a chance to test some players, but having said that, the weather is something we can’t control.”
Wrapping up the T20I series in style, Pandya also spoke about his itinerary for the next few days. He said, “I’m going home, taking my leave and being with my son.”
Meanwhile, New Zealand captain Tim Southee said the match “could have gone either way”.
“A little bit of uncertainty around the scoreboard – whether it was a draw when the rain came. It would have gone either way, the way he attacked us with the ball and put them under pressure was satisfactory,” added the Kiwi Pacer.
Speaking of his team’s overall display and how his batting unit collapsed near the end, Southey added: “It was disappointing even with the bat. We talked about getting out there and giving everything we could, taking early wickets. We knew that if we could get those Wicket, anything can happen, but unfortunately the weather came in. You don’t know until both sides fight, it was going to be an interesting match but it didn’t go to extremes.” New Zealand, who decided to bowl first, suffered an early shock after Finn Allen returned to the dressing room in the second innings after scoring just three runs.
Cut straight to Indian Bowling unit. The pacers, with some deathly good spells, excelled at Maclean Park in Napier, folding the Kiwis for 160. Mohammad Siraj and Arshdeep Singh each took four wickets in the match. Siraj conceded just 17 runs after completing his fours and recorded his best figures in T20I cricket. Siraj also won the Man of the Match award.
Hey there, you can’t miss our Mr. 360 either. Oh yes, Suryakumar Yadav is. The bright mixture was called the chain man. Applause, please. Suryakumar shone brighter than the sun under the New Zealand skies during the T20I series. While maintaining its form, SKY showed off a new style of hitting and we all loved it. Although in the last game of the series, he couldn’t contribute much but it couldn’t overshadow what SKY had done in the previous games. Honestly, it’s fun to watch Surya play and fans would love to see more of him during the ODI series. Quick recap – Surya, in his second T20I, produced an exceptional display to grab his second century in the shortest format of the game. The Mumbai-born batsman remained unbeaten after bowling an incredible knock of 111 runs in just 51 balls.
For India, half the job has been done so far. Having secured victory in the T20I series, the ‘Men in Blue’ will now have to turn their focus to the 50’s format. India, led by Shikhar Dhawan or should we say ‘mighty’, will play a three-match ODI series set to start on November 25.
After wiping out the Kiwis in the shortest form of the game, will Jabbar and his men roar again and seal the ODI series? Let’s wait and watch.
Catch ODIs on 25th, 27th and 30th November starting at 6am, only at Prime Video.
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