Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips struck their respective half-centuries but rain forced the third T20l to end in a tie (by D/L method) in Napier on Tuesday, November 22 with team India sealing the series by a margin of 1-0.
The Kiwi duo helped the side in reaching a total of 160 in 19.4 overs and in reply when the heavens opened up, the visitors reached the DL par score of 75/4 at the end of nine overs which resulted in a tie on the DL method.
Talking about how the final game of the series panned out, stand-in skipper Tim Southee won the toss and opted to bat first. Finn Allen’s poor form continued as he managed to score only three.
Kane Williamson’s replacement, Mark Chapman amassed a run-a-ball 12 before falling prey to Mohammed Siraj. Conway smashed 59 off 49 while the in-form batter Phillips hit 54 off just 33.
From 146/3, the Kiwis suffered a terrible collapse and got bundled out for 160. Siraj and Arshdeep Singh registered their career-best figures of 4/17 and 4/37 respectively.
Chasing 161, Rishabh Pant’s T20I record didn’t improve as he fell cheaply for 11. His opening partner Ishan Kishan also failed to contribute and made just ten. Shreyas Iyer’s weakness on the short ball continued as Tim Southee dismissed him for a golden duck.
Suryakumar Yadav mustered 13 off ten before falling to Ish Sodhi as his 200th scalp in international cricket. Captain Hardik Pandya looked in good touch for his unbeaten innings of 30 off 18 before it started to pour down heavily and the game ended in a tie.
The visitors won the series 1-0 due to their victory in the second T20I by 65 runs. Siraj grabbed the Player of the Match award while Suryakumar won the Player of the Series award.
Meanwhile, here are some of the important stats and numbers from the 3rd T20I between New Zealand and India:
716 – Glenn Phillips has now scored the most runs (716) for New Zealand in T20Is in a calendar year. He surpassed Martin Guptill’s tally of 678 runs (2021).
22 – Ish Sodhi has now taken the most T20I wickets (22) against India. He overtook Chris Jordan, who has 21 scalps to his name.
4/37 – Arshdeep Singh registered his career-best figures of 4/37 in T20Is. His previous best of 3/12 came against the West Indies this year.
27 – James Neesham has scored 27 runs in his last six T20I innings at an average of 5.40 with a best score of 26*.
56 – Finn Allen has mustered just 56 runs in his last six innings at a mere average of 9.33 with a best score of 32.
4/17 – Mohammed Siraj also recorded his best T20I spell of 4/17. His previous best of 2/24 came in the last match (2nd T20I) of the ongoing series.
3 – India won their third successive T20I bilateral series against the Black Caps. They beat New Zealand 5-0 in 2020, and 3-0 in 2021.
1 – For the first time, two Indian bowlers picked up four wickets each in a T20 international.
22.43 – Rishabh Pant has amassed 987 runs in 56 innings at an average of just 22.43 with three half-centuries in T20 internationals.
9 – New Zealand played out their ninth-tied encounter in T20Is. India is on the second spot with four-tied matches.
200 – Ish Sodhi reached the landmark of 200 wickets in international cricket. He became the third Kiwi spinner after Daniel Vettori (696) and Mitchell Santner (216) to achieve the feat.
1 – New Zealand have managed to defeat India only once in the last 11 encounters and that victory came in last year’s T20 World Cup in Dubai. The Men in Blue have won nine with today’s game ending up in a tie (D/L).
2 – Siraj also scripted India’s second-best figures (4/17) against New Zealand. Deepak Hooda’s spell of 4/10 in the last game (2nd T20I) of the series tops the list.
6 – Phillips has now struck the most fifties (six) for the Kiwis in a calendar year. Guptill hit five in the year 2021.