‘In it but couldn’t win it’

In­dia’s stand-in skip­per Ro­hit Sharma dis­ap­pointed af­ter los­ing third T20I by four runs, but is proud to see team fight till the end; says vis­i­tors take home lots of pos­i­tives de­spite series loss

Mid Day - - Timepass - New Zealand In­dia

HAMIL­TON: were learn­ings in the sec­ond game. Both teams put in strong per­for­mances tonight, we did slightly bet­ter,” said Wil­liamson.

In­dia needed to knock off a stiff 213-run tar­get.

In­dia bowlers ham­mered

Ex­ploit­ing bat­ting-friendly con­di­tions at the small Sed­don Park ground, NZ cut the In­dian at­tack to shreds to post an im­pos­ing 212/4. Opener Colin Munro pro­duced a 40ball 72 and shared an 80-run stand with fel­low opener Tim Seifert (43). Krunal Pandya was the most ex­pen­sive of the In­dian bowlers, bleed­ing 54 runs in his four overs. Opener Ro­hit then made an un­char­ac­ter­is­tic 32-ball 38 which hurt In­dia’s chances. No. 3 Vi­jay Shankar (43 off 28) played a use­ful knock af­ter Shikhar Dhawan (5) fell early. Rishabh Pant (28 off 12) and Hardik Pandya (21 off 11) in­fused some life into In­dia’s chase with some bru­tal hit­ting, but per­ished while try­ing to keep up with a steep scor­ing rate. MS Dhoni (2 off 4) also couldn’t do much. Di­nesh Karthik (16-ball 33) and Krunal (13-ball 26) in­dulged in some late hit­ting, but it wasn’t enough.

BRIEF SCORES

212-4 (C Munro 72, T Seifert 43; Kuldeep Ya­dav 2-26) beat 208-6 (Vi­jay Shankar 43, Ro­hit Sharma 38; D Mitchell 2-27) by 4 runs HAMIL­TON: In­dia’s Di­nesh Karthik was hor­ri­bly trolled on so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day af­ter he re­fused to take a sin­gle in the last over. With In­dia need­ing 16 runs off the fi­nal over, Karthik (33 not out off 16) took a dou­ble off the first ball, fol­low­ing which the um­pire did not give what seemed to be a clear wide. Then, Karthik stunned the crowd and Krunal by re­fus­ing to take a sin­gle off the third ball. Krunal (26 not out off 30) had reached the striker’s end af­ter Karthik got one away straight, but the lat­ter did not run and sent his part­ner back. Karthik could only man­age a sin­gle off the next ball. Krunal then took a sin­gle af­ter which Karthik hit a six off the last ball but In­dia fell four short of NZ’s 212/4.

Karthik and Krunal did ex­ceed­ingly well to take the game into the fi­nal over but their un­beaten 63-run stand off 28 balls was not enough and on­line fans picked on Karthik.

“Mr. Di­nesh Karthik you are not MS DHONI to deny a sin­gle and then fin­ish with sixes. You might have done it once but you can’t do it ev­ery time like MS does,” wrote one on­line fol­lower on Twit­ter.

“What was DK’s point in re­fus­ing the sin­gle? It’s not like he was bat­ting with a tailen­der who couldn’t have hit a 6. Krunal had just as much chance of clear­ing the bound­ary as DK. This “mis­judge­ment” might per­haps cost him a po­ten­tial World Cup spot,” added an­other.

‘The boys put in a lot of hard work through­out the tour. We must learn from our mis­takes and move ahead’ In­dia skip­per

NZ spin­ner Mitchell Sant­ner (right) cel­e­brates the dis­missal of In­dia’s Vi­jay Shankar in the third T20I in Hamil­ton yes­ter­day. One-drop bats­man Shankar top-scored for the vis­i­tors with a 28-ball 43 (5x4, 2x6) In­dia’s Di­nesh Karthik

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The New Zealan­ders with their T20I win­ner’s tro­phy.

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