It’s a rare sight to see two top-flight teams clash in a T20I game. India and New Zealand played another kind of competition in Lucknow on Sunday (29th January). With the ball touching the boundary rope just 14 times, he spun a staggering 30 overs for both teams. In the end it was the hosts who won the close game, chasing 100 goals in the free ball.
New Zealand failed to control their racket, but Finn Allen flicked Hardik Pandya to the boundary in the first over. Washington Thunder’s introduction on the other side gave a clear indication of what to expect on the surface, with Hardik now only introducing Yuzvendra Chahal in the fourth round. This trick worked when Allen attempted a backward swing, but he missed the ball as it crashed into the stump after hitting his leg. Devon Conway also met a similar fate, this time in front of Washington, when he attempted to perform a reverse sweep, only to obtain the gauntlet when Ishan Kishan completed an easy catch. Those two wickets put them behind as they could only manage 33 on the power play.
Spinner Strangles New Zealand
A hurricane followed. Hardik has seen enough of the power play and has brought up Deepak Huda and Kuldeep Yadav to make the most of the conditions. They did not disappoint as Glenn Phillips found the stump rearranged after another run back did not produce the desired result. Kuldeep then spun a mile to clean Darryl Mitchell as India completely dominated.
Did they get better when they died?
Absolutely not. The pressure to score points also quickly increased as the spinner dominated the action. However, the conditions were not sufficient for stroke play. The unnecessary run also sent Mark Chapman off and with Hardyk back in attack, New Zealand would have wanted a much-needed rest. I let Arshdeep Singh, on the other hand, left an impression after going straight to the bowl upon his death. He took his two wickets with his ball short and Mitchell his Santner failed to find the line in the final, with New Zealand settling for just 99. Overall, visitors found the border only six times. Chahal was only able to bowl two overs throughout the inning.
India is no different
Taking a cue from what India was doing, Santner featured himself and Michael Bracewell early in the attack. The two spinners found many turns on the surface and caused problems especially for Ishan Kishan, who was completely confused half the time.But Bracewell made a very sharp turn on the batter , eventually Shubman Gill had to go. Ishan earned a margin from the penultimate delivery of a power play as India scored 29 in their first six overs. This is 4 short of what the visitor managed.
It’s a spin to the rescue again
New Zealand took it to a whole new level when India scored 13 overspins. After the first over, New Zealand batted only to turn. Glenn Phillips and Ish Sodhi took charge of the middle overs while Santner and Bracewell bowled on the power play. India found that difficult, so New Zealand was relentless with their own spin barrage. I was sending it. New Zealand scored 17 consecutive spinovers in an incredible night. Not a perfect pitch for T20 cricket, but the game made everyone nervous as the visitors certainly brought the game to the brink.
How was the ending after that?
After 17 overs in an uninterrupted rotation, India needed 13 more of her 12 deliveries in the final with her 87/4. Not wanting to risk death, Santner went to see Rocky Ferguson for the first time. Despite continuing to press on several point balls, Hardik ended a 45-ball drought and bounded to please the home crowd when the equation went to six from his last six deliveries. I was. Suryakumar Blair hit his Tickner but the bowler missed the chance. And when three runs were needed from the last two deliveries, Suryakumar finally got the deal and cleared the infield past center to keep the series going.
Brief scores: New Zealand 99/8 in 20 overs (Mitchell Santner 19*; Arshdeep Singh 2/7, Yuzvendra Chahal 1/4) lost to India 101/4 in 19.5 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 26*; Michael Bracewell 1/13) by six wickets