New Zealand began well in the final T20I at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. As they suffered an unfortunate fate in Auckland, the hosts were keen on finishing the tour on high. After asking to bat first by Rohit Sharma, the Kiwi openers, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert added 66 runs inside the Powerplay. Though the right-handed batsman got out on 43, it was Munro who scored a brilliant 40-ball 76 in the first innings. Moreover, the poor fielding by the Indians helped the cause, as New Zealand hit 212/4.
Munro smashes 76 to steer NZ to 212/4
Colin Munro might have had a torrid time against India in the series; he made sure he finishes the T20Is on high. After failing to capitalise on the starts he had got thus far, the left-handed batsman didn’t miss the last chance. He began the onslaught from the first over itself; first adding 66 runs in the first six overs and then hitting a quickfire 40-ball 76. Not only this but Munro also had some luck riding his way too, as he got dropped twice off Hardik Pandya.
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson, who had been kept quiet in the recent matches gifted his wicket to Khaleel Ahmed. A slower bouncer did the trick, as he top-edged one to the short fine leg. This blow didn’t stop New Zealand of attacking any further. Later, two lanky hitters, Colin de Grandhomme and Daryl Mitchell then smashed every ball coming their way.
Courtesy poor fielding, wicketless spells in the middle overs and sheer hitting by the New Zealand batsmen; the hosts scored 212/4 in 20 overs.
Here is how the twitter reacted –
Hardik Pandya will have luckier days than today……
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 10, 2019
Considering that they have given almost 100 runs between them, hope the Pandya brothers will reciprocate when it's our chance to bat… Both of them have been ineffective and utterly disappointing with the ball throughout the series 😕 #TeamIndia #NZvIND #NZvsIND
— Amarpreet Singh (@itsamarpreet) February 10, 2019
*Pandya takes the Catch*
Pandya – aise pakdte hai ball
— Jigar Kamdar🇮🇳 (@MrPoliticlBones) February 10, 2019
— Heisenberg (@pankito09) February 10, 2019
— Raja Rajan (@raja221092) February 10, 2019
Dhoni is not playing as a batsman-wk. He is playing as Third Umpire for Indian Team #NZvIND
— Rishabh Srivastava (@AskRishabh) February 10, 2019
— Chandler Bing (@SarcasmChamp) February 10, 2019
Me: Pandya ko pel rahe hain…
Friend: Munro aur Williamson?
— Gurpreet Singh Ghai (@GSGhai) February 10, 2019
98 in 8 overs from Pandu brothers😂😂😂😋
— Nishith (@Nicks103) February 10, 2019