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India win series as DLS leads to tie with New Zealand

According to DLS, 76 would have been the winning score for India after 9 overs


The series decider 3rd T20I International between India and New Zealand finished in a tie by the Duckworth-Lewis method on Tuesday at McClean Park due to a rain delay, giving India a 1-0 series victory against New Zealand.

Indian pace spearhead Mohammed Siraj (4/17) and Arshdeep Singh (4/37) provided the fantastic bowling performances and scalped four wickets each to bowl out the Black Caps for 160 despite valiant half-centuries by Devon Conway and Glenn Phillips. New Zealand won the toss and decided to bat first.

As India attempted to reach a par score, Ishan Kishan was dismissed in the second over after pulling an Adam Milne delivery and being caught at deep midwicket, he only managed to bank on 10 runs. 

Stand-in captain Tim Southee then added to India’s woes by removing Rishabh Pant (11) and Shreyas Iyer (0) off successive balls. Pant started with back to back boundaries of the Southee but eventually miscued an upper-cut to third man while Shreyas bagged a golden duck.

flamboyant batsman Suryakumar Yadav, threw his wicket when he tried to chip a shot, leaving India to 60/4 in 6.3 overs. But it was skipper Hardik Pandya (30 not out off 18) and all rounder Deepak Hooda (9 not out off 9) that took India to 75/4 in 9 overs when rain stopped play.

According to DLS, 76 would have been the winning score for India after 9 overs but they manged to put 75 runs on board, which was the par score. With incessant rain lashing the McLean Park, the match couldn’t be resumed and eventually it ended in a tie.

In the second T20I, Men in Blue won by 65 runs against New Zealand in Mount Maunganui after the first game between the two sides at Wellington was washed out without a ball bowled.

Brief scores: New Zealand 160 all-out in 19.4 overs (Devon Conway 59, Glenn Phillips 54; Mohammed Siraj 4/17, Arshdeep Singh 4/37) vs India 75-4 in 9 Overs (Hardik Pandya 30 not out, Tim Southee 2/27)

(inputs from IANS)