Bowlers defend 67 runs as India edges past Kiwis in thrid T20 at Thiruvananthapuram

Published: 08th November 2017 12:29 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th November 2017 12:54 PM  

Indian players celebrates after win over New Zealand at the third and final T20 at Green Field Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram. New Zealand required 68 to win the rain-affected match that was cut short to eight overs per side, but their innings came to a grinding halt at 61. | PTI
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India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot. Sent in to bat on a pitch that appeared slow, India had to score quickly to post a healthy target against a team full of big-hitters. Dhawan started in style with a boundary off Trent Boult but didn’t last long. | AP
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India's Hardik Pandya plays a shot. Tim Southee sent back Rohit Sharma next ball. Santner at deep square-leg again had a role to play as he dived forward to pluck the catch inches off the ground. | AP
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Skipper Virat Kohli showed urgency and hit back-to-back four and six off Ish Sodhi. But the leg-spinner had the last laugh as he got Kohli. The skipper’s attempted heave lacked power and ended up in the hands of Boult at deep mid-wicket. | AP
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New Zealand players celebrate the dismissal of India's Rohit Sharma. Shreyas Iyer too fell trying to hit Sodhi out of the park. Manish Pandey injected vigor into the innings by clobbering Sodhi over the long-on boundary. Southee was the pick of the bowlers scalping two for 13, while Sodhi took two for 23. | AP
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India's captain Virat Kohli, left, prepares to catch the ball after a shot played by New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson, center. Indians got the big wicket of Colin Munro early of the Kiwi chase, as Bumrah forced him into a false shot. It was the opening India were looking for after it appeared that they were 10-20 short of the ideal total. | AP
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India's wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni unsuccessfully attempts to stump out New Zealand's captain KS Williamson. Williamson tried to steal a runoff Kuldeep Yadav, but Hardik Pandya at mid-wicket ran him out. The total was 28/3 and with Chahal keeping the batters on a tight leash, Kiwis lost the plot in the middle overs. | AP
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India's Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, watches New Zealand's Trent Boult, right, dive to stop the ball . | AP
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India's wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, left, breaks the stumps to dismiss New Zealand's Tom Bruce right. Halfway through, the visitors needed 42 in 4 overs. Another tight over by Bumrah, the seventh of the innings, left New Zealand with the difficult task of scoring 19 from the last over. They could manage only 13. | AP
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