The third T20I between India and New Zealand saw a rare occurrence with the scores being tied according to Duckworth/Lewis method in the 3rd T20I match played at McLean Park, Napier on 22 November 2022.
India registers their 2nd successive T20I series win on New Zealand soil after whitewashing the Kiwis 5-0 during the 2020 series. Stand-in captain Tim Southee won the toss and decided to bat first after a little rain delay break. Despite losing 2 quick wickets, Phillips and Conway steadied the ship before Siraj and Arshdeep Singh led to New Zealand’s collapse.
Despite losing quick wickets, Hardik Pandya provided impetus as India were tied on the DLS method before heavy rains arrived. India made 75 for 4 in 9 overs and were equal with a par score. The match did not begin as the match was tied. The match was called off due to rain as India won the series by 1-0.
Here we look at the key moments of India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I:
- Arshdeep Singh dismissing Finn Allen
New Zealand stand-in captain Tim Southee won the toss and decided to bat first. Finn Allen is an explosive opening batter that can provide flying starts for New Zealand. The left-handed Arshdeep Singh struggled for rhythm initially before producing a lovely delivery getting Allen right in front of the stumps.
Arshdeep Singh created enough impact with swinging conditions after being delayed due to rain. Singh showed his skills during the recently concluded T20I World Cup. He took a total of 10 wickets and helped India to qualify for the semi-finals of the prestigious tournament.
- A brilliant partnership between Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway
After the loss of 2nd wicket, Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway steadied the ship putting pressure on the Indian bowlers. Phillips showed his aggression by targeting short boundaries. Both New Zealand batters kept the momentum going for the hosts.
Conway and Phillips’ partnership ensured that New Zealand looked good for a massive total to keep pressure on Indian bowlers. Conway completed fifty off 39 balls while Phillips reached a half-century off 31 deliveries.
Mohammed Siraj broke the partnership dismissing dangerous Glenn Phillips with a sharp bouncer caught by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at fine leg. Phillips and Conway added 86 runs for the 3rd wicket.
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- Brilliant bowling by Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh to led the NZ collapse
New Zealand looked for a huge total with Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway at the crease. Mohammed Siraj produced big breakthrough dismissing Phillips with a sharp bouncer caught by Bhuvneshwar Kumar at fine leg. Phillips and Conway added 86 runs for the 3rd wicket.
Arshdeep Singh and Mohammed Siraj created enough panic among New Zealand batters. Arshdeep got rid of another well-set batter Conway with a simple catch to Ishan Kishan. Siraj grabbed the wickets of James Neesham and Mitchell Santer in the same over putting New Zealand batting under immense pressure.
Arshdeep Singh then got rid of Daryl Mitchell and Ish Sodhi off successive deliveries to leave New Zealand on the back foot. Singh produced a stunning yorker to dismiss Sodhi while dismissing Mitchell with a simple catch to Pant.
From 130 for 2, the Indian bowlers especially Siraj and Arshdeep skittled out New Zealand for just 160 in 19.4 overs. Harshal Patel ended the innings to dismiss Southee. Arshdeep Singh finished with career-best T20I figures of 4 for 37 while Mohammed Siraj took 4 for 17 in 4 overs. Mohammed Siraj was named the player of the match for his match-changing spell.
- Hardik Pandya with a quickfire knock
Chasing 161 runs to win, Hardik Pandya came to the crease with India struggling at 21 for 3 losing Pant, Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer cheaply. Indian captain showed intent on keeping pressure on New Zealand bowlers.
Pandya provided the impetus for keeping the scoreboard ticking and keeping India ahead of the DLS method. At the end of the first six overs, India scored 58 for 3.
Surya Kumar Yadav fell cheaply this time caught by Glenn Phillips by Ish Sodhi to leave India struggling. Hardik Pandya and Deepak Hooda took singles keeping India level with a DLS score. With 75 for 4 in 9 overs, rain arrived. The match was called off due to heavy rains.
The match was tied as Hardik Pandya made a quickfire 30 not out off 18 balls with 3 fours and 1 six. India won the 3-match T20I series 1-0 as the first match was washed out due to rain at Wellington. Thanks to the brilliance of Surya Kumar Yadav, India won the match by 65 runs in the second T20I match at Bay Oval, Mount Manuagai.