After winning a thrilling series-decider T20I encounter at Hamilton on Sunday (10 February), New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson feels that the game was an excellent advertisement for T20 cricket.
The Hamilton T20I was the series-decider of the three-match T20I series, and New Zealand won the series by the 2-1 margin after winning this game. India had the toss luck, and they sent the host side to bat first. New Zealand openers Tim Seifert and Colin Munro provided a perfect start with a 80-runs partnership.
Though the wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert lost his wicket on 43 runs off 25 balls, Colin Munro continued his dominance. Later, the left-handed opening batsman had another 55-run partnership for the second wicket with the skipper Kane Williamson. Colin Munro played a magnificent knock of 72 runs off 40 balls (five boundaries and five over-boundaries) before losing his wicket.
Later, Colin de Grandhomme played a crucial knock of 30 off 16 balls while Kane Williamson scored 27 off 21 balls. Also, Daryl Mitchell (19* off 11 balls) and Ross Taylor (14* off seven balls) played some good cameos in the end, and it helped New Zealand to reach 212/4.
India failed to chase but fought well
In reply, the visiting side lost their opener Shikhar Dhawan (5 runs) in the very first over of the innings. At next, the skipper Rohit Sharma and Vijay Shankar had a 75-run partnership for the second wicket. Vijay Shankar scored 43 runs off 28 balls before getting caught out. Later, Rishabh Pant also played a fiery knock of 28 off 12 balls but lost his wicket at the crucial time.
In the end, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya fought very hard and brought the side closer to the victory but just failed to achieve that. While Dinesh Karthik remained not out on 33 runs off 16 balls, Krunal Pandya was not out on 26 off 13 balls. They had the firing 63-run unbroken partnership for the seventh wicket, but India managed to score 208/6.
In the post-match presentation, Kane Williamson said, “Brilliant game, great advertisements. Credit to India for a great series. The first performance was our best, there were learnings in the second game. Both teams put in strong performances tonight, we did slightly better. We travel-train-play and straight into the next series against Bangladesh, that’s the nature of international cricket but the guys are looking forward to it.”
Earlier in this series, New Zealand won the first T20I at Wellington by 80 runs. However, India made a brilliant comeback in this series by winning the second game at Auckland by seven wickets. But New Zealand has the last laugh as they won the series by winning the Hamilton T20I.