New Zealand and India have wrapped up their limited-overs series in Hamilton on Sunday. Though the Kiwis won the final match by four runs, India would keep their head high; knowing they had fought hard throughout the series. Meanwhile, NZ wicketkeeper-batsman, Tim Seifert has won the player of the series award. In three matches, he scored 139 runs at a strike-rate of 173.75 and averaged 46.33. Behind the wickets, he picked three catches.
NZ finish India series on high
After suffering an unfortunate fate during the ODIs, New Zealand returned in style to win the T20Is. Their gloveman, Tim Seifert made the series of his own in the first game itself. During the Wellington T20I, the right-handed batsman scored 84 off 43 balls, hitting seven fours and six massive sixes. Courtesy his innings, the Kiwis posted a massive 219 and eventually found success by 80 runs. In the second game, Rohit-led India made a comeback and won the match by seven wickets.
In the end, Hamilton hosted the series-decider where New Zealand batted first after losing the toss. Their openers, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert, began brilliantly; scoring 66 runs in first six overs and adding 80 for the first-wicket partnership. The right-handed batsman was the first one to go, as he got stumped off Kuldeep Yadav. In his knock of 43 runs, Tim hit three fours and as many sixes. After the fall of his wicket, New Zealand piled up runs and finished with a total of 212 for four in 20 overs.
India, in their chase, began poorly, losing Shikhar in the first over. Later, a 75-run stand between Vijay Shankar and Rohit Sharma got the visitors back on track. But, it didn’t serve any purpose, as India finished second scoring 208 for six.
Tim Seifert delighted to hand hosts a series win
The wicketkeeper-batsman said he is delighted to contribute to New Zealand’s success. He added,
“Great to have a performance like that, but it’s great to get a victory, particularly a last-minute one like that. Great to have batted with Colin Munro. It’s awesome in my hometown, that the crowd have come out in full support – hopefully, they do so for the Super Smash final as well.” Tim noted.