New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I: Tried To Play My Game And Put Pressure On The Bowlers – Colin Munro
New Zealand opener Colin Munro played an impressive role for New Zealand to win the Hamilton T20I as well as the home series against India. After winning Player of the Match award, he spoke about his gameplan.
It was a crucial series-decider game on Sunday at the Seddon Park (Hamilton). After the visiting side sent the hosts to bat first, the Kiwi openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro provided a brilliant start. Both batsmen were firing against the Indian bowlers and managed 66 runs in the powerplay.
After they put an 80-run opening partnership, the wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert (43 runs) lost his wicket through a quick stumping by MS Dhoni. However, Colin Munro continued his brilliant attacking batting performance. The left-handed batsman completed his half-century in 28 balls.
Colin Munro had another 55-run partnership for the second wicket with the skipper Kane Williamson. After scoring 72 runs off 40 balls, the Kiwi opener lost his wicket. He hit five boundaries and five over-boundaries in that great innings.
Later, New Zealand managed to score a big total of 212/4. In reply, the visiting side India managed to score 208/6 as New Zealand won the game by just four runs. With this victory, New Zealand won the three-match T20I series by 2-1.
In the post-match presentation ceremony, the Player of the Match award winner Colin Munro said, “Was touch and go, but the boys did well to finish it off. Came out nice and free, tried to play my game and put pressure on the bowlers. Had my luck, it went my way.”
Tim Seifert won Player of the Series award
On the other hand, another New Zealand opener Tim Seifert won the Player of the Series award for his excellent batting performances. The 24-year-old right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman finished the T20I series as the leading run-scorer. Playing the knocks of 84, 12 and 43 runs, he scored 139 runs with an average of 46.33.
After winning the Player of the Series award, he praised the Hamilton crowd and also claimed that he enjoyed batting with Colin Munro.
Tim Seifert quoted, “Great to have a performance like that this series. Haven’t seen a crowd in Hamilton like this in a long time. Enjoyed batting with Munro at the top of the order.”
Tim Seifert also won the Player of the Match award during the first T20I of the series at Wellington. New Zealand won that game by 80 runs while they lost the second T20I at Auckland by seven wickets.
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