The third and final T20I between India and New Zealand witnessed a controversial incident at the fag end. India needed 16 runs off the final over with Dinesh Karthik on the strike facing Tim Southee. Giving Karthik company was allrounder Krunal Pandya. Karthik picked a double off the first delivery before failing to score off the second. And what followed thereafter left many perplexed. In a desperate attempt to hit a boundary, Karthik went for the big shot on the third delivery.
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But he failed to clear get the desired result, hitting the ball as far as the fielder at long on. On the other end, Krunal took off from the non-striker’s end for a single as soon as Karthik hit the shot. But to Krunal and other’s utter surprise, Dinesh Karthik refused to take the single. By the time Krunal realised it he was already standing beside Karthik. But before the fielder could throw the ball at the bowler, Krunal managed to get inside his crease. As expected, he expressed his displeasure over the rejection and the reason was obvious. Karthik’s decision was a baffling one as his partner had already hit 25 off just 12 balls with the help of two fours and as many sixes.
Dinesh Karthik went on to finish the game with a six but India fell short by four runs, finishing on 208 for 6 while chasing an improbable 213. And after the match, Karthik was seen apologising to Krunal. The cameras picked Karthik telling Krunal ‘sorry’ as both made their way into the dressing room following the loss.
Here is the clip of the whole incident:
Earlier in the match, New Zealand piled up a mammoth 212 for 4 in the stipulated 20 overs. Colin Munro top-scored for the home side, blasting 72 off just 40 deliveries. For India, Kuldeep Yadav was the most successful bowler, picking up 2 for 26 off his four overs. Apart from him, none of the other Indian bowler could manage to concede less than 30. Krunal Pandya was the costliest bowler as he gave away 54 runs off his four overs.