India lost the third T20I against New Zealand at Hamilton by 4 runs and lost the opportunity to clinch the T20I series. Though Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya tried hard to guide India towards a win at the end, New Zealanders succeeded in clinching the series. India failed to hit the target above 200 runs against New Zealand for the second time. The batsmen were under pressure to chase the target of 213 runs.
New Zealand slammed 213 runs by a solid opening partnership between Colin Munro and Tim Siefert. Colin De Grandhomme added a decent total later. Indians could not give a tough fight for the disciplined bowling and consistent fielding by the hosts. Indians lost early wickets in the initial overs and Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed at a lower score. Rohit Sharma and Vijay Shankar tried to put the situation in order by their 75-run stand.
Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya made arrogant performances but in the last over the New Zealand bowlers succeeded to restrict Karthik and clinch the title. Both the batsmen added 63 runs off 28 balls but could not hand India the most needed win. Stunningly, Vijay Shankar made an arrogant performance by slamming two boundaries in the spell of Scott Kuggeleijin and later consecutive sixes in the spell of Ish Sodhi for adding a 75-run stand with the skipper Rohit Sharma. Rishabh Pant tried to reduce the pressure on the captain after the dismissal of Rishabh Pant by slamming one boundary and three sixes in his first over but fell to Williamson.
Rohit Sharma slammed 38 off 32 runs and Hardik Pandya could not settle down on the crease for a longer time. Rohit failed to slam his hundredth six in this T20I to achieve a rare record of slamming 100 sixes in his T20I career but made a remarkable performance to repair the clumsy situation after the departure of Shikhar Dhawan in the first over.
In the first innings, Colin Munro could not slam a century but Siefert and Munro continued their attacking style after the first game. Colin Munro smashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar with a six and later he thrashed Indian bowlers till he left the crease. New Zealand’s score was 21 for 3overs and Siefert attacked Khaleel Ahmed with 16 overs from fourth over. Later, Munro smashed Krunal Pandya with 20 runs from a single over. By the end of Powerplay, New Zealand are 66 for no loss.
Kane Williamson troubled Kuldeep Yadav after the dismissal of Tim Siefert. Kuldeep Yadav troubled Kane Williamson to the heights but Munro on the other end kept the flow of runs going on. By their efforts, New Zealanders are at 100 by the end of 11th over. Indians showed mediocre performance in the fielding and frequently dropped catches added to the fiery attack of New Zealand batsmen.
Colin Munro was dropped by Khaleel Ahmed in the 13th over and this mistake cost India 14 runs in the next over by Colin Munro. He slammed 72 runs off 39 balls but finally, Kuldeep Yadav could catch Munro. Kane Williamson also fell to Kuldeep Yadav but Colin De Grandhomme continued the flood of runs. He slammed a six in the spell of Krunal Pandya and later thrashed Bhuvneshwar Kumar with 15 runs from a single over.
Though Kuldeep Yadav managed to pick crucial wickets of Munro and Kane Williamson, the huge score posted by the hosts made his efforts futile. Finally, Indians lost the game by four runs despite the efforts of lower middle order batsmen.
New Zealand 212/4 Colin Munro 72, Tim Siefert 43, Kuldeep Yadav 2/26
India 208/6 Rohit Sharma 38, Vijay Shankar 43, Daryl Mitchell 2/27
India lost by 4 runs.