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

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

It took a lightning fast stumping by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav to break the partnership.

In what was the only change for India, they swapped their wrist-spinner including Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.

A New Zealand XI has beaten Bangladesh by two wickets in a one-day match at Lincoln.

The biggest problem has been the lack of fight from the middle-order, especially skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's indifferent form. Opening batsman Colin Munro top-scored for his team scoring his ninth T20I half-century, 72 (40), with the help of five fours and five sixes. For the second wicket, the two right-handed batsmen added 75 runs in less than 7 overs.

Shikhar Dhawan fell early in the India reply but Rohit Sharma (38) and, in particular, Vijay Shankar (43) kept the tourists up with the required rate.

Post Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya have blast innings with 28 (12) and 21 (11) runs respectively.

India took the match to the final over, when they needed 16 runs from Tim Southee's six deliveries, but the veteran Black Caps seamer delivered in the crunch.

Yadav also took two wickets, dismissing both New Zealand openers.

The hosts looked well on the way to victory with India needing 48 from the last three overs but when the first three balls of the 18th went for 15, the game was back in the balance.

Exploiting batting-friendly conditions at a small ground, New Zealand cut the Indian attack to shreds to post an imposing 212 for four in the series-deciding third Twenty20 worldwide, here Sunday. Even the 200 plus strike rates of Karthik and Krunal could not help India win the match.

The Black Caps, on the other end, will definitely be keen to bounce back and seal the T20I series after having lost the ODIs against India.