Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs India 3rd T20I 2019

Ross Houston
February 11, 2019

In both games whether chasing or batting first, India are stuck in the less than 140-run mark, which is below-par against a top team like New Zealand.

New Zealand, sent into bat, made 212 for four with India 208 for six at the close. While India replaced Yuzvendra Chahal with Kuldeep Yadav, the Kiwis handed over a debut cap to Blair Tickner as they rested Lockie Ferguson.

The visitors will now look to capitalize on their win and aim to end their month-long tour to New Zealand on a high note.


Dropped for the opening two one-day internationals of New Zealand's upcoming series against Bangladesh, Munro responded in defiant fashion to help the hosts post a commanding 212 for four wickets after the hosts were asked to bat first.

Meanwhile, Indian bowlers too showcased an impressive performance, with Krunal Pandya bagging three wickets and Khaleel Ahmed, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar sharing four wickets among themselves to restrict the hosts for 158. In the ninth over, Vijay Shankar got out in an attempt to up the ante after scoring 43 runs off 28 balls.

This is the same ground where India had their only defeat in the five-match ODI series, with Trent Boult's five-for skittling India for 92.


Dinesh Karthik refused a single off the third ball of the final over which would have put Krunal Pandya on strike, leaving India needing 13 from three. In between these two dismissals, the Kiwis also got the wicket of a settled Rohit Sharma to tilt the odds in their favour.

Runs came thick and fast as skipper Kane Williamson contributed 27 and Colin de Grandhomme produced a crucial 30-run cameo off 16-balls.

Colin Munro smashed 72 from 40 balls as New Zealand clinched the T20I series over India with a thrilling four-run victory in Hamilton.


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