Attack was the best defense on this wicket, Indian captain Hardik Pandya said here on Tuesday after scoring an unbeaten 30 off 18 balls to tie the rain-affected third and final T20 International against New Zealand. Chasing a target of 161 runs, India lost three wickets for 21 runs in 2.5 overs. Pandya then played an aggressive innings that saw India reach 75 for four at the time of rain, which was a par score by the Duckworth-Lewis method.
In this way India won the series 1-0. Pandya said after the match, “I would have liked to play the whole match and win but it happens. I thought attack is the best defense on this wicket. “He said,” We knew what kind of bowling attack they have, so it was important to score 10 to 15 extra runs even if we lost a few wickets. ”
Pandya said, “In such matches we get a chance to try some players but we do not have control over the weather.Now I will go back home and spend some time with my son. ”New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tim Southee admitted that his team could have done better with the bat but praised the bowlers for taking three quick wickets.
Saudi said, “Our performance in batting was disappointing. We talked about getting quick wickets after that.We knew that if we get wickets early on, then anything can happen. Unfortunately it rained.” Mohammad Siraj took four wickets for 17 runs and was adjudged the player of the match. Siraj said, “It was not easy to bat on this wicket and I focused on bowling the right length which gave me the advantage. I had practiced a lot during the World Cup to bowl like that. I bowled according to my strategy.