India vs New Zealand women's 3rd T20 at Hamilton

3rd T20I Preview India Women Ready To Salvage Pride In Final Game

New Zealand rested Lockie Ferguson and handed a debut to right-arm seamer Blair Tickner, while Kuldeep Yadav replaced fellow wristspinner Yuzvendra Chahal for India. The stumping grabbed a lot of attention not only for Dhoni's insane reaction time of 0.099 seconds but also for the third umpire's decision in favour of India in spite of it being a close call. Opening batsman Colin Munro top-scored for his team scoring his ninth T20I half-century, 72 (40), with the help of five fours and five sixes.

After being asked to bat, New Zealand demolished the Indian bowling attack to post an imposing 212 for four in their allotted 20 overs.

The result ended India's run of 10 T20 series without defeat.

But what will particularly please the management is how the revival has been led by the players who needed to make their mark - Ambati Rayudu and Vijay Shankar starred in the victory in the final ODI and it was Krunal Pandya and Rishabh Pant, playing just his second match in the series, leading things on Friday.

Shikhar Dhawan fell early in the India reply but Rohit Sharma (38) and, in particular, Vijay Shankar (43) kept the tourists up with the required rate.

In his short stay of 12 balls, Pant managed to score 28 runs but was dismissed off a full toss by debutant Tickner.

According to Rohit, it wasn't an easy run chase though India put their best foot forward. With him hitting the ball to long-on and refusing a single on the following delivery, it invited a lot of criticism for there was a set batsman at the other end and not a bowler.

During the third T20I of the ongoing India's tour of New Zealand at Hamilton, New Zealand defeated India by 4 runs to win the three-match T20I series 2-1. If I can win matches for the team, that will automatically help me personally.

However, after that Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik made the interesting with their power-packed partnership of 63 runs only in 29 balls.

A first T20 series victory in New Zealand will be the icing on the cake for the "Men in Blue", who have far exceeded expectations during their three-month sojourn in this part of the world.



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