An exhilarating finish of the India-New Zealand T20 series. In the previous tussle couple of years back, the series ended in a rather shortened manner. This time, the series ended with a shortened match of eight overs each. The match ended in a flashy shot, as quick as the boundaries and scores. India was lunched to the pitch in the first inning to face the wrath of New Zealand bowlers, but in the chase, New Zealand faced a tougher action. The new pitch at Greenfield Stadium cannot be categorized as a bowling ground, but it was the shortened game for the teams that put more emphasis on bowlers as the match deciders.
India won the match, and won the series. It is the maiden time India nicked a T20 series from New Zealand. The host put up 68 as the target for the visitors to win with a slackened batting line up. In the inning, 17 runs from Manish Pandey was the highest followed by Hardik Pandya’s 14 and the 13 off Virat Kohli. Still the score of 67 off 5 wickets was proven sufficient to defend.
In the chase, New Zealand steered the inning with a slackened momentum right from the beginning. Martin Guptill was down in the first over, followed by Colin Munro in the second. By the fifth over, they lost 4 wickets for 28 runs. The attack was spearheaded Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah while Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya strangulated the batting line up to finally deny the winning score. In the four overs off Bumrah and Chahal, New Zealand could only scratch 17 runs, while losing two wickets. In the other four overs, they scored 44.
New Zealand players looked out for boundaries and some of them were successful. But the strike was just not enough to haul the target. Munro smashed a six, and Colin de Grandhomme added other two. Glenn Phillips knocked two boundaries, while Tom Bruce smashed one. In the last three overs, New Zealand required 32 runs to win. They were handed down to Chahal, Bumrah and finally Pandya. In the last over, the visitors required 19 runs, which narrowed down further to 14 off last three balls in the hands of Hardik Pandya. There was a wide reducing the stretch to 13, but it was last New Zealand could score. India won by 13 runs.
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