3rd T20I: In 5 Points – The tied game that gave India a series win | Cricket News

NEW DELHI: After a lackluster outing in the recently concluded T20 World Cup, Team India got back to winning ways with the third T20I against New Zealand in Napier ending in a tie due to incessant rain at par DLS score.
On the back of their 65-run victory in the second T20I, India won the three-match series 1-0 after the first match was also washed out in Wellington.
Chasing 161 for victory, India were 75-4 after nine overs when rain forced the players off the ground at McLean Park.
Even after the rain relented, play could not resume because of the wet outfield, and it turned out to be the par score under the Duckworth-Lewis method governing such weather-hit contest.
Here’s a look at the five key moments in the third T20I:
1. Double blow for Kiwis inside the powerplay: After losing the toss, Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh gave India a good start as he struck early in his first over to trap dangerous Finn Allen with a full delivery. Walked in Mark Chapman tried steadying the ship with Devon Conway but when the things were getting uncontrolled bowling change did the trick for India. Mohammed Siraj dismissed Chapman for a run-a-ball 12 in an effort to stop New Zealand’s run charge.
2. The Conway-Phillips show: Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips shifted the gears in no time and took Indian bowlers to the cleaners leaving them clueless with their sheer hitting all over the park. They got New Zealand back with a 86-run stand, both batters got to their respective fifties. Conway chipped in with 49-ball 59 while Glenn Phillips smashed 54 off 33 balls.
3. Siraj, Arshdeep hit back: Indian bowling has been the biggest talking point in the recent past and the bowlers’ inability to bowl in the middle and death overs was evident in the recently concluded T20 World Cup but what seamers Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh did today will be remembered for a long time. New Zealand were going strong at 130 for two in the 16th over but the duo of Siraj (4/17) led a remarkable comeback to end the Kiwi innings for 160 with two balls to spare. The hosts lost eight wickets for just 30 runs.
4. Indian openers fail to shine again: In the absence of regular openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan and Rishabh Pant failed again to deliver when the team needed them the most. They both got into the elements early in the innings but in a bid to accelerate perished while going for big shots.
5. Hardik Pandya keeps run-rate at par amid rain threat: The wickets kept falling at the regular intervals but skipper Hardik Pandya kept his calm in a tense situation scoring a quick-fire 30 off 18 balls that helped India reach 75/4 in 9 overs – a par score with DLS when the play was stopped due to heavy rain. Even after the rain stopped, the match was called off because of the wet outfield but it was enough for India to go home with a tie.

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