Feb 13, Harbhajan Singh was quite critical of Dinesh Karthik and said that if the wicketkeeper batsman decided to take the single, the result of the match could have been different. Feb 11, Kane Williamson said the series win was a big confidence booster for his side and their main aim coming into the rubber was just to gel as a unit. Feb 10, India vs New Zealand: Sanjay Manjrekar has his say on Dinesh Karthik denying Krunal Pandya strike in third T20I When India needed 14 runs off 5 balls, Dinesh Karthik played out a dot ball off Tim Southee and in the next ball he hit the ball towards long-on but sent Krunal Pandya back when the latter wanted to rotate the strike. Feb 10, Dinesh Karthik had the confidence to send Krunal Pandya back after hitting the ball to long-on in the third ball of the final over in the third T20I against New Zealand. Feb 10, The Kiwis edged India by four runs to clinch the series after winning the first match by 80 runs and then being on the losing side in Auckland in the second T20I.
That ends the series and the tour. New Zealand will take yet another good earnings from this one, losing the first and final matches of the tour - the opening Test and the final T20I. In between, they won a Test and 2 T20Is, so overall, it has been a good outing for them.
The Lankans too, will not mind the series too much, trusting their young guys to deliver and they did. Only consistency is an issue.
Can they build on this learning and be a bit more consistent in future? Only time will tell.
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For now, we take a break and we shall be back when the next series arrives. You can enjoy the Ashes and the Bangladesh-Afghanistan contests till then. Praises Sri Lanka but is happy to have won the series overall. On Malinga, Southee calls him a class bowler and admits that there was nothing much any batsman could do.
On the last-wicket stand threatening to spoil Malinga's party, Southee says that it was nice to have some fun but then credits Sri Lanka for keeping it tight. On the series and tour overall, Tim says that he enjoyed captaining this side, enjoyed the reception by the Lankans and also adds that there was plenty to learn from.
Seems a little disappointed on the series result but stresses that the Lankans always tried their best. However, it did not come nicely in the first two games but here it came. Dedicates this to the fans in the stadium and everywhere else.
On his 4-ball wicket saga, Malinga says that he just kept it simple, targetting the stumps. On captaincy and leading the bowling pressures, Lasith says that there is no such pressure and he only wants to share his experience with the younger members and give them as much opportunity as he can, supporting everyone.
Thanks the New Zealand Cricket Board and players for agreeing to come to tour in spite of the off-field incidents.
Then, thanks the supporters for believing in the team and urges them to continue being with his side. The latter feels that they did tremdously well to win the game. Calls Malinga a legend. Says he uses the pace well and bowls superb line and length.
On being asked about his role in the Malinga hat-trick, prompting his skipper to take the LBW review against Hamish Rutherford, Kusal says that he sees everything from behind the wickets and knows what is going to come from Malinga's hand.
Adds that according to him, Rutherford looked to be plumb and hence he asked his skipper to go for the review.
It was perhaps beginning to be a night to remember as the Kiwis inched towards a series whitewash, but in the span of 30 minutes, it has become a night to forget for the visiting side.
Malinga then came back to pick up his fifth wicket to end with his best figures in T20Is. His first wicket in this game was also his th in this format. The other bowlers were barely required but Akila Dananjaya impressed with a couple of scalps.
Victory by 37 runs after making just Not many would have given Sri Lanka a chance at the halfway stage but after Slinga Malinga's second over, no one gave New Zealand any more chance. Game over!
What a terrific bowling effort from the hosts. A flighted ball on middle, Rance looks to sweep but fails to get bat on ball. He is hit flush on the pads.
The Lankans appeal and the umpire agrees to end the New Zealand innings. Rance looks for a review but then he is informed that there is none left for New Zealand.
Would not have mattered. Hawk Eye shows the impact to be umpire's call, around off and clipping the off stump, again, on umpire's call. The run stand would've given the Lankan fans some worry. Rance should've tried to negotiate the ball and get Southee on strike but he went for the sweep to confirm the eventual.