New Delhi. Forgetting the defeat in the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup 2022, Team India defeated New Zealand 1-0 in the 3 T20 series at their home. In this series, in the absence of Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya was captaining the Indian team and under his captaincy, India won the second T20 series this year. Earlier, under the captaincy of Pandya, India had defeated Ireland at their home.
The third T20 between India and New Zealand in Napier could not be completed due to rain. Chasing the target of 161 runs, India had scored 75 runs at the loss of 4 wickets in 9 overs when the match had to be stopped due to rain. According to the Duckworth-Lewis rule, India had scored as many runs as were required under this rule. For this reason the match was declared a tie. The first match of the series was also washed away in the rain while India won the second match by 65 runs. For this reason India won the series. However, even after this victory, Captain Hardik Pandya looked dejected. He also told the reason for this.
We wanted to win by playing full 20 overs: Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya said, ‘We wanted to win by playing the full 20 overs. But, some things are not in our hands. However, we have won the series and have the trophy with us, so we are not thinking too much. At one point on this wicket, I felt that attack would be the best form of defence. We know what kind of bowling attack New Zealand has. So it was important for us to take full advantage of the powerplay and score extra runs. However, we also lost a few wickets during this period. In this type of match, we could have got a chance to test and test some players. But, weather is such a thing that we do not have control over. I am going back home and will spend time with my son. It is expected that the ODI series will also be spectacular.
India won the second T20
The first match of the three T20 series between India and New Zealand was rained. Not a single ball could be bowled in this match. In the second match, India defeated New Zealand by 65 runs thanks to Suryakumar Yadav’s century and Deepak Hooda’s superb bowling. The third match of the series once again rained and the match ended in a tie, in which case Team India won the series 1-0.
Third T20 could not be completed due to rain
In the third T20 played in Napier, New Zealand scored 160 runs in 19.4 overs. For India, Arshdeep Singh and Mohammad Siraj took four wickets each. At the same time, while chasing the target of 161 runs, Team India had scored 75 runs for four wickets, but then it started raining and the next match could not be played.