‘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
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.
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
The New Zealanders with their T20I winner’s trophy.