Third T20I between India The New Zealand side finished tied after a brief rain break at McLean Park, Napier on Sunday. Chasing a target of 161 runs, India were 75 for 4 in their 9 overs when the Rain Goddess appeared again to spoil the mood.
The shower was indeed short but so heavy that it completely messed up the pitch, allowing no more than 9 overs to be played in the Indian innings. After extensive discussion with both captains, the officials made a unanimous decision and declared it a tied game. Since India managed to win at Mount Maunganui, they also won the 3 match series 1-0.
After compiling New Zealand to 160, the Indian openers looked to provide a quick start but this brand of pyrotechnic cricket cost them early dismissals. Ishan Kishan was dismissed by Adam Milne in the 2ndAbbreviation II More while Rishabh punt left for five 11 balls, including a couple of boundaries.
Shreyas Iyer had the toughest outing, bowling out for a golden duck. At the same time, his weakness against short balls was revealed again. He tried to put a short shove into the third man but pulled it out to James Neesham at first slip.
Stand-by captain Hardik Pandya and in-form batsman Suryakumar Yadav took things into their own hands and kept India on track with some commendable batting. The latter hit a six and a boundary in his innings of 13 before he was caught by Glen Phillips off the bowling of Ish Soddy.
Pandya continued his batting excellence and joined up with all-rounder Deepak Hooda before rain forced the players to vacate the field. Pandya came back unbeaten on 30 from 18 while Hooda batted for a run-a-ball 9.
Earlier, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj shot side by side and shared eight wickets between them as India left New Zealand for 160. Opting to bat first, New Zealand were strong at 130 for two in the sixteenth over but the pair of Arshdeep (4/37) and Siraj (4/17) They led a great comeback to end the Kiwi innings with two balls to spare.
The Black Caps were at ease with Conway and Phillips strong but once the partnership broke it was a parade as both Sooraj and Arshdeep enjoyed excellent outings with the ball, especially in the dead ends.
With fifties from each, Conway (59 from 49) and Phillips (54 from 33) put together an important 86-run partnership for the third wicket. However, once Siraj rounded out the standings by removing Phillips in the 16th, the Kiwis lost their wicket in quick succession.
From placing well at 130/2 in 15.4 overs, the Kiwis managed to add just 30 runs and lost 8 wickets in their last 24 balls to be out for 160 in 19.4 overs.
(with agency input)