New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I at Napier, NZ v IND, Nov 22 2022 - Ball by Ball Commentary

3rd T20I (N), Napier, November 22, 2022, India tour of New Zealand
(19.4/20 ov) 160
(9/9 ov, T:76) 75/4

Match tied (DLS method)

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Bizarre end then, like it so often happens when DLS comes into play. India finished on 75 for 4, which was the par score according to DLS after the end of nine overs, when rain came falling. The game could not continue, and the end result: The third T20I ends in a tie with India taking the series 1-0. That's that then. Thank You for joining what has been a fun series. Sud's report will up soon. Pandya is all smiles as he collects the winner's trophy from Ravi Shastri. Off to the ODIs now. Till then, on behalf of Suds and Venkat, this is me, Ashish signing off. Ciao!

Hardik Pandya, the winning captain: We would have liked to won this game, but that is how it is. We don't mind getting a trophy and going back with a win. Offense is the best defense on this wicket. They have a good bowling attack and it was important we went ahead in the power play even though we lost a few wickets. A game like this would have given the opportunity to the rest of the batters. I would have liked to play the 20 overs, and would have liked to win it that way but these things can't be control. [On the ODIs] Will be good to watch, yes. I am going home, will be with my son and should be a good series.

Tim Southee, the New Zealand captain: The end with the bat was disappointing. We took early wickets, but unfortunately the weather came again. We left some runs out there. But it would have been an interesting game, if it went the full way. There was some confusion with the DLS. We will give Santner a bit of grief (on the misfield) but such things happen. It was a good bowling effort from us. Will be nice to get some one-day cricket against India. Hopefully will be a good crowd.

Suryakumar Yadav is the Player of the Series: Really happy with the way things went, would have loved to have a full game but I am glad we got the series win. The weather is not in our hands. The pressure is always here, but there is no fun when there is not. I am just enjoying my batting and not carrying any baggage. [On the ODIs] Can take a bit of time, but the approach and intent will be the same. These things are not in our control. We can just express ourselves. We would have loved to have a full game, but it's fine.

Mohammed Siraj is the Player of the Match: This wicket was not easy to bat on. I preferred to bowl the hard lengths. I was a standby in WC, and I was preparing myself to bowl the hard length and I executed the plans here. My plan was simple, bowl the hard lengths and I executed it. Not in our hands, the weather. All three matches, that was there. Good to get a win.

11.26pm Handshakes all around now. Looks like that that's that. Yes, confirmation coming in that the game has been called off. India win the series 1-0. We will have the post-match presentation in just a bit. Surya for Man of the Series, surely? Any inputs for Man of the Match here?

11.23pm No official word, but surely this game looks to be as good as done. The umpires are out on the outfield with their umbrellas up. A few handshakes in the India camp and NZ look despondent. If body language is anything to go by.

Here's Mitchell Santner: [On being aware of that par score] You are talking about that misfield is it? That one run could cost us, but a lot of goes in. We weren't aware at the time, but now we are. We would have liked 180 with such a platform. But it was a tough wicket to start on. We were one wicket away, if allowed to get out there. Myself included tried to pull the ball. We took that from the first innings. Lockie and Milne bowled some hostile spells. We tried to talk about adapting. The dimensions are slightly different. On that wicket, there was some peace and carry. Every ground in NZ is different. There are a couple of balls that spun there, hopefully the rain stops but we are pressed for time. [On the ODIs] First ODI is at Eden PArk, which is a different ground from this. So we will have to adjust.

Elsewhere, the goals have been flowing in the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. Bukayo Saka has eclipsed Wayne Rooney (2 vs 1), while Gareth Bale kept up his incredible record of clutch goals (5). All the best stats from the opening two days of the World Cup, are here

11.15pm It is not raining currently, but the outfield would be quite damp. The umpires are out, presumably for a final inspection. India would certainly be the happier side. If the game does not continue, they win the series 1-0.

Pradeep: "India has reached (or at the) par score, so they should ideally be declared winners if the game stops here right??" They are at

For all the comments coming in asking if there have been any DLS ties previously, here's a list:

Tied Internationals with DL / DLS par score

SA vs SL in 2003 CWC (ODI)

ENG-IND 2011 Lord's (ODI)

SA vs WI 2013 CT (ODI)

Gibraltar vs Malta 2021 (T20I)

11.01pm To reiterate; the DLS par score after nine overs was 75, and India are 75 for 4. The rain is absolutely pelting down at the moment. A restart looks bleak. So, if there is no further play, this game ends in a tie.

10.52pm Right, then. The rain has picked up and the covers are being called for. India at par with where the DLS score should be. So, basically if the game stops now, it will be a tie. It is raining quite heavily.

Malli: "Will that Pant's four not given on his first ball be the difference in this game or the misfield on the last ball of the 9th over? Both fans can contemplate one of these two incidents if it becomes a tie." Absolutely.

Prasanna S: "If this game doesn't resume how much that miss field would have cost NZ, a series level vs series loss. " Indeed!

Sagar: "@Prasanna S More than that, the failure to review caught behind of Hardik. India would have been miles behind on DLS after that wicket." Also, this.

end of over 96 runs
IND: 75/4CRR: 8.33 RRR: 7.81 • Need 86 runs from 66b
Deepak Hooda9 (9b)
Hardik Pandya30 (18b 3x4 1x6)
Ish Sodhi 2-0-12-1
Mitchell Santner 1-0-5-0

India at par on DLS for now.

Sodhi to Hooda, 1 run

Short and wide, he slaps it straight to point where a bit of a misfield from Santner allows them a run. Sodhi lets a grunt of nooo!

Sodhi to Hardik, 1 run

Tossed up just a tad outside off, he gets forward and pushes to long off

Sodhi to Hooda, 1 run

Slightly quicker, flatter outside off, he gets across and drives all along the ground to deep cover

Sodhi to Hardik, 1 run

Quicker on middle and leg, he gets his bat down in time to punch it to long on

Sodhi to Hooda, 1 run

Pushed quicker on middle, he comes forward and drives to long off

Sodhi to Hardik, 1 run

Floated outside off, he drives it hard to the right of cover who puts in a dive and parries it to long off

end of over 85 runs
IND: 69/4CRR: 8.62 RRR: 7.66 • Need 92 runs from 72b
Deepak Hooda6 (6b)
Hardik Pandya27 (15b 3x4 1x6)
Mitchell Santner 1-0-5-0
Ish Sodhi 1-0-6-1
Santner to Hooda, no run

Flatter, quicker outside off, he shapes up for the cut but misses.

Drizzle in the air now. India are just about par

Santner to Hardik, 1 run

Sliding on middle and leg, he tucks it towards midwicket where the bowler gives chase

Santner to Hooda, 1 run

Another short ball outside off, he slaps it very hard and that means they only get a run to deep point

Santner to Hooda, 2 runs

Short and wide, he cuts it past point for two

Santner to Hooda, no run

Oh, what a delivery! That misses everyone and probably a stumping chance goes a begging. Nah, seems like there was an edge on it as well. Loops it around middle, he goes forward, and that spins past him. Conway can't hold on

Santner to Hardik, 1 run

Slider on middle and leg, he helps it to deep midwicket

Santner on now

India's win prob came down from 66 to 45% with that Surya dismissal

end of over 76 runs • 1 wicket
IND: 64/4CRR: 9.14 RRR: 7.46 • Need 97 runs from 78b
Hardik Pandya25 (13b 3x4 1x6)
Deepak Hooda3 (2b)
Ish Sodhi 1-0-6-1
Lockie Ferguson 1-0-8-0
Sodhi to Hardik, 1 run

Floated outside off, he slams it over covers with the ball racing to the fielder in the deep.

Sodhi to Hooda, 1 run

Another short one on off, he goes back and punches it hard to long on

Sodhi to Hooda, 2 runs

Short and wide first up, more of a gift. He goes back and slaps it past covers for a couple of runs.

Deepak Hooda comes in now

Sodhi to Suryakumar, OUT

That timing of Surya brings about his undoing! Quicker on middle and leg, Surya was looking to work it away, he somehow times it way too well and hits it straight down the throat of deep midwicket. Phillips won't miss those. That is a big, big wicket. NZ back into this one now.

Suryakumar Yadav c Phillips b Sodhi 13 (10b 1x4 1x6 25m) SR: 130
Sodhi to Hardik, 1 run

Short, going down leg, he gets across and pulls it straight to deep square leg. Hardik misses out there. Should have expected more

Sodhi to Suryakumar, 1 run

Slides this one around middle and leg, he works it to long on

Ish Sodhi comes on

end of over 68 runs
IND: 58/3CRR: 9.66 RRR: 7.35 • Need 103 runs from 84b
Hardik Pandya23 (11b 3x4 1x6)
Suryakumar Yadav12 (8b 1x4 1x6)
Lockie Ferguson 1-0-8-0
Tim Southee 3-0-27-2
Ferguson to Hardik, no run

Similar back of a length ball hip high around leg stump. He tickles it to square leg.

Looks like first ball of this over, there was tiny edge but none of the NZ fielders appealed. Rather, Ferguson did appeal but did not get the support

Ferguson to Suryakumar, 1 run

Pacy back of a length ball but down leg. It pings him on the thigh pads as the ball goes to fine leg.

Win Probability
NZ 51.75%
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Over 9 • IND 75/4

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