Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Rohit Sharma "Disappointed" After India's Loss In T20I Series Against New Zealand

Rohit Sharma

New Zealand have posed more of a threat in the latter part of India's tour, and have been a force in the shortest format.

India are expected to remain unchanged from the first two games.

New Zealand next host Bangladesh in a series of three ODIs and three Tests.

Seifert's dismissal did not reduce the momentum of the New Zealand innings as Munro added another half-century partnership with Kane Williamson.

After being asked to bat, New Zealand demolished the Indian bowling attack to post an imposing 212 for four in their allotted 20 overs. India had a poor outing in Wellington, where they were bundled out for 139 chasing 220.

Rishabh Pant belted a four and two sixes with his first three scoring shots and raced to 28 off 12 before he became debutant Blair Tickner's first victim, swiping at a full toss that was caught at mid-wicket. With him hitting the ball to long-on and refusing a single on the following delivery, it invited a lot of criticism for there was a set batsman at the other end and not a bowler. After the early wicket Vijay Shankar and Rohit Sharma had a partnership of 75 runs and then Shankar got out on 43 runs. In between these two dismissals, the Kiwis also got the wicket of a settled Rohit Sharma to tilt the odds in their favour.

India, who levelled the three-match series in Auckland, stayed in the game right until the end and were left needing 16 from the final over. For it to go to the last couple of balls with the series on the line, it was a great series to be a part of.

India captain Rohit Sharma expressed disappointment after New Zeland beat India by four runs in the series-deciding third Twenty20 global (T20I) in Hamilton on Sunday. Even the 200 plus strike rates of Karthik and Krunal could not help India win the match.

India may have lost the third T20I and the series, but MS Dhoni still managed to win hearts with a gesture after a fan invaded the pitch to touch his feet.

Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya were only able to take 11 runs off it, with Karthik's six from the final ball in vain.

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