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Twitter Reacts As India Thrash New Zealand To Level Series 

Twitter Reacts As India Thrash New Zealand To Level Series
Krunal Pandya (Credits: Getty)

India came up with an all-round effort to beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the third T20I and draw level the three-match series.

Needing 159 runs to win the game and draw level in the three-match series, India were off to a flyer. After a rare failure in the previous T20I, India’s formidable opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan fired on all cylinders right from the time they came to the crease.

Rohit started the innings with a flurry of boundaries as India raced to 50 for no loss after the powerplay.  New Zealand finally managed to get the breakthrough when Ish Sodhi dismissed Rohit to end the 79-run stand. The India skipper scored 50 off 29 deliveries. Nine runs later, Dhawan departed too after scoring 30.

Vijay Shankar tried to play aggressive shots from start too but could not last long, departing after hitting and a four and a six.  But before New Zealand could revive their hopes, MS Dhoni and Rishabh Pant shared an unbeaten stand to take India home comfortably.

Earlier in the game, New Zealand batsmen failed to replicate their batting heroics of the last game. Both Colin Munro and Tim Seifert, who had top-scored in the last game, failed to get going as New Zealand lost both their openers for just 41 runs on the board. 2 runs later, Daryl Mitchell was dismissed by Krunal Pandya in controversial manner before accounting for Kane Williamson to reduce New Zealand to 50 for 4.

But before India could make further inroads in the game, Colin de Grandhomme launched a stunning counterassault to put the innings back on track. The allrounder slammed 50 off just 28 balls with the help of four sixes and a four. Veteran batsman Ross Taylor then played a calm and composed innings of 42 to help the hosts score a challenging 158 for 8 in the allotted 20 overs.

Colin de Grandhomme scored a rapid fifty (Credits: Getty)

For India, Krunal Pandya was the pick of the bowler. He picked up 3 for 28 to register the best figures by an Indian in T20Is in New Zealand. Khaleel Ahmed, who had conceded 48 runs in the last game, also did well by picking up 2 for 27.

 

Here is how Twitter reacted to the game:

https://twitter.com/CricketGirl7/status/1093777444379582464

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