New Zealand Vs India 2020: 3rd T20I, Hamilton – Twitter Reactions
The visiting team India secured the T20I series against the hosts New Zealand after winning the Hamilton thriller on Wednesday (29th January). After they had the tie result in that game, India won the one-over eliminator.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson decided to field first after winning the toss. The hosts restricted the visitors to 179/5 (20 overs) in the first innings. In reply, New Zealand also scored 179/6 (20 overs).
In the Super Over, the hosts scored 17/0 (Kane Williamson 11, Martin Guptill 5) and India chased down that target on the final ball (20/0) after Rohit Sharma finished that with a sixer.
Indian openers provided a solid start
During the main game, Indian openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma got the very good start as they scored 69 runs in the mandatory powerplay (0.1-5.6 overs). Rohit Sharma completed his half-century in that powerplay as he took 23 balls to reach that score.
After putting the 89 runs partnership for the opening wicket, in-form Rahul lost his wicket on 27 runs in the ninth over of that innings. Soon after that, Rohit was dismissed on 65 runs off 40 balls (6 fours and 3 sixes) while Shivam Dube (3) failed to utilise his batting promotion to no.3 position.
Indian batsmen struggled in that middle-stage while captain Virat Kohli tried hard to handle that situation with the middle-order batsmen. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer put the 46 runs partnership for the fourth wicket before Iyer was stumped out on 17 runs.
Indian skipper Kohli was dismissed on 19th over after scoring crucial 38 runs off 27 balls. Manish Pandey scored 14 not out off six balls, and Ravindra Jadeja was unbeaten on ten runs (5 balls).
The right-arm pacer Hamish Bennett took three wickets in that innings, but he was also very expensive. He finished with the bowling figures of 4-0-54-3.
Kane Williamson just missed becoming a hero
The hosts’ openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro set the 47 runs partnership for the first wicket. But after their quick dismissals (Guptill 31 and Munro 14), New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson handled the situation brilliantly and almost guided them to the crucial victory.
Though the next batsmen (Mitchell Santner 9 and Colin de Grandhomme 5) fell cheaply, Williamson played the superb knock of 95 runs off 48 balls (8 fours and 6 sixes). In the final over of that regular match, New Zealand needed to score nine runs, and Ross Taylor smashed a sixer on the first ball of that over. However, they still failed to secure a victory as Mohammed Shami dismissed Williamson (95 runs) and Taylor (17 runs) and the hosts only managed to tie that game.
Earlier in this five-match T20I series, India already won the first two matches. After winning this latest T20I, India have taken the unassailable 3-0 lead in this series with two to go.
Here are the Twitter reactions of this Hamilton T20I between New Zealand and India
— ICC (@ICC) January 29, 2020
— N-M-I (24)ᴰᴬᴿᴮᴬᴿ (@batsha1999) January 29, 2020
This is India’s first ever SUPER OVER in international cricket#NZvIND
— Sarang Bhalerao (@bhaleraosarang) January 29, 2020
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 29, 2020
What an incredible win. Mohammad Shami exceptional to defend 2 of the last 4 balls in the main game and #RohitSharma showing once again why he is one of the most dangerous batsman in the world. A match to remember for a long long time #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/dkQQmQkwlU
— VVS Laxman (@VVSLaxman281) January 29, 2020
— Ashwin Ravichandran (@ashwinravi99) January 29, 2020
— Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) January 29, 2020
I think Rohit Sharma will finish his career with 998 sixes leaving people arguing why the two sixes in Hamilton were not counted in his career stats 😛 #NZvInd
— Mazher Arshad (@MazherArshad) January 29, 2020
— Siddharth (@Actor_Siddharth) January 29, 2020
With 43 off 24 needed & a new man at the other end, Williamson taking on Bumrah was risky but so was playing him out. By hitting three low-risk fours & scampering a two Williamson took the over for 14. Calculated brilliance from Kane. Brilliant to watch. #NZvIND
— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) January 29, 2020
“He hits big, he hits too big. He’s done it! Sharma has done it! India are delirious. Unbelievable scenes of joy again and New Zealand have to go down on their knees and suffer once more.” Brilliant call by Ian Smith. #NZvIND
— Andrew Wu (@wutube) January 29, 2020
— Surya Kumar Yadav (@surya_14kumar) January 29, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 29, 2020
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) January 29, 2020
— Hasan fasih (@ItsHasanfasih) January 29, 2020
Hits a six on the last ball of the super over.
— Er.Rashid Sam (@rashidssam) January 29, 2020
Every now and then Kane just comes out with an absolute masterclass. Tonight is one of those nights 👏
— Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) January 29, 2020
This is interesting now. In the absence of Hardik & Pant, who does India send out when you need 18 off 6 from a super over. Surely KL with the form he’s in. But KL Rohit Virat Iyer Pandey all are the same ‘type’ of T20 batsmen. Another reason why I feel Pant must play T20 #NZvInd
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) January 29, 2020
— Vinesh Prabhu (@vlp1994) January 29, 2020
— Er Mujib Ansari🇮🇳 (@MujibAnsariMBA) January 29, 2020
Ian Smith: "I've lost years of my life, but I love it." Legend. #NZvIND
— Andrew McGlashan (@andymcg_cricket) January 29, 2020
— رومانا (@RomanaRaza) January 29, 2020
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