India and New Zealand locked horns in the last and third of the three-match T20I series. Both teams played this match at McLean Park in Napier. The Kiwi team was without their regular skipper Kane Williamson in the last match of the series. Stand-in skipper Tim Southee won the toss and decided to bat first at the challenging and competitive turf of McLean Park.
Batting first, Tim Southee’s men managed to post a total of 160 runs and lost all 10 wickets in 19.4 overs. While chasing the target, India had scored 75 runs for the loss of four wickets in nine overs before the rain played the spoilsport in the game. Eventually, due the match ended up in a tie according to the DL/S method.
The result of both the match and the series has drawn various reactions from fans on Twitter. Some of the fans went on to take a dig at the Indian team as they haven’t forgotten the outing of Rohit Sharma’s men in the recently concluded 20-20 World Cup 2022.
Here’s how fans reacted:
Match tied thanks to rain.— Twitt3r’s Moira Rose!! (@Chhokkwangun) November 22, 2022
Pant has gotten way too many chances now. I think he shouldn’t be playing T20s and we need to try new opening combinations. Try Shaw, Samson, Ishan, Padikkal,etc. until we figure out what works. Isse jyada bura waise bhi ab kya hoga?#NZvsIND #INDvsNZ
last time India toured nz, we saw two ties in a row, this time its tie on DLS.— Sudeep Pimpale (@sudeeppimpale) November 22, 2022
Wonder what up der nxt when India tours nz for t20i #NZvsIND
Siraj is too good in overseas 👏#NzvsIND— T̷h̷o̷r̷ (@mrsohail_) November 22, 2022
3rd T20I between NEW ZELAND 🇳🇿 and INDIA 🇮🇳 ended in a tie— Farooq Alam (@AlamFAR786) November 22, 2022
IND were 75-4 in 9 overs in the chase of 161 but rain came out,DLS score was level at tha arrival of rain so game ended in a tie
IND win the series 1-0#NZvsIND
So India wins as God saved us last wicket partnership was going no batsman were left if there was no rain we would have lost the match,thanks to Santner for midfield and India reached the par score...— samyak🇮🇳 (@samyak_kr07) November 22, 2022
What do you think could India have won??#INDvsNZ #NZvsIND #BCCI #meninblues
Speaking of the action in the third T20I, opener Devon Conway and explosive middle-order batter Glenn Phillips played the half-century knocks for the hosts. Conway played an individual knock of 59 runs off 49 balls alongside a 54-run individual knock from Glenn Phillips. Bowling brilliantly, Mohammed Sira scalped four wickets by conceding only 17 runs in his quota of four overs. Other than him, the young left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh also claimed the same number of scalps to his name alongside the one wicket taken by Harshal Patel.
While chasing the target, the Indians faced an early collapse when they lost three wickets on just 21 runs in 2.5 overs. Although skipper Hardik Pandya’s knock of 30 runs off 18 balls helped India to reach the par score of 75 runs for the loss of four wickets in the nine overs at the time when rain completely stopped the match.
Eventually, the match couldn’t be resumed and ended in a tie. Mohammed Siraj won the ‘player of the match award for his brilliant performance in favor of India.