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NZ v IND, 3rd T20I, 2022-23: Siraj-Arshdeep shine in rain-affected rare tie; India take series 1-0

New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I, Top Performances: Mohammed Siraj's 4-17, Arshdeep Singh's 4-37 and Devon Conway-Glenn Phillips' 86-run stand are top three performances. India clinch three-match series 1-0 after rain-hit tie in Napier.

New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I, Top Performances: Mohammed Siraj took 4-17 against New Zealand in Napier_  Walking Wicket (Source_ ©AFP via Getty Images)
Mohammed Siraj took 4-17 against New Zealand in Napier (Source: ©AFP via Getty Images)

Brief Scores: India 75/4 (9/9 overs, Target 76) (Pandya 30*, Southee 2/27) tied with New Zealand 160 (Conway 59, Phillips 54, Siraj 4/17, Arshdeep 4/37) via D/L method

Player of the Match: Mohammed Siraj (4/17)

Player of the Series: Suryakumar Yadav (124 runs in two innings)

Confused New Zealand after being surprised by a majestic 51-ball 111* from Suryakumar Yadav during the second T20I game locked horns with confident looking India, who looked to give some of their young players a chance during the third of the three-match T20I series, at the McLean Park in Napier.

India develop death bowling as Pant’s struggle at the top continues

One of the concerns coming after the recently concluded ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 was India’s death over bowling that was costing them so many runs at the back end of the game, but in the third T20I shouldering on Mohammed Siraj and Arshdeep Singh, India made a great ending as they picked up eight wickets for just 30 runs in the last 4.1 overs as New Zealand were bundled out for 160 from a relatively comfortable position of 130/2 in the 16th over.

However, India also tried Rishabh Pant at the opening slot in the absence of Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul, but the wicketkeeper batter didn’t grab the opportunity as he made just 17 runs in two innings making his life in T20I cricket more difficult for the future.

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Rain has the last laugh as third T20I ends in rare tie

Stand-in New Zealand captain Tim Southee on winning the toss elected to bat first on a good-looking batting strip. India made just one solitary change of bringing in Harshal Patel in place of Washington Sundar while New Zealand slotted Mark Chapman in place of regular leader Kane Williamson.

Hosts New Zealand went off to a steady start with 46/2 in the powerplay. The third wicket partnership between Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway stabilised the NZ ship as the 86-run stand for the third wicket carried them to 130/2 after 15.5 overs, before India’s bowlers made a great return to bundle out the Kiwis at only 160 in 19.4 overs.

India didn’t begin well in the chase, losing three wickets in three overs with just 23 on the board. But Suryakaumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya began the onslaught from then on to take them to 75/4 when the heavens opened up. With no more play being possible, the match officials declared the game as a tie basis the Duckworth Lewis method.

Let’s take a look at the top three performances from the third T20I game between New Zealand and India in Napier.