In the series decider at Hamilton, Team India couldn’t manage to keep their unbeaten run in T20Is alive and lost the series by 2-1 to New Zealand. The hosts blasted the Indian bowlers to all corners of the park and raced to a mammoth total of 212/4. India was supposed to come out with all guns blazing but that was not the matter this time. Openers couldn’t do much for India and middle order’s cameos were not enough to take India over the line. Thus, they conceded the match, as well the series, by four runs.
Earlier, India won the toss and invited New Zealand to bat first. Colin Munro’s sparkling 72-run knock and cameos from other batsmen helped them in putting a big score ahead of India.
Have a look at the stats from this three-match T20I series:
- Hardik Pandya this series:
1st T20I – 51 runs
2nd T20I – 36 runs
3rd T20I – 44 runs
131 runs conceded by him in this series are the MOST by an India bowler in a bilateral T20I series.
- Most runs conceded by an India bowler in a bilateral T20I series:
131 Hardik Pandya
122 Khaleel Ahmed
119 Krunal Pandya
All in this series v New Zealand!
Prev highest: 117 by K Pandya v Aus a few months back.
- First defeat for India in a 3-match bilateral T20I series.
- Most T20Is lost by India against an opposition:
8 – New Zealand*
7 – England
6 – Australia
- This is India’s first bilateral T20I series defeat after not losing nine bilateral T20I series (seven won and two drawn).
- No. of wins for India in T20Is now:
Under Virat Kohli: 12 (20 matches)
Under Rohit Sharma: 12 (15 matches)
- With this series defeat, India lost the golden opportunity to win their maiden T20I series win in New Zealand.