Category: India V/s New Zealand

MUMBAI’S SPECTACULAR WIN, CHENNAI’S EMBARRASSING DEFEAT AT HOME GROUND

Mumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 46 runs on Friday in IPL-12. Mumbai has defeated Chennai this season for the second time. Earlier, in the match at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai beat Chennai by 37 runs. Mumbai presented a challenge of 156 runs in the match played at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium.

In reply, Chennai’s team got stuck on 109 runs in 17.4 overs. This is the first defeat in their home in Chennai this season. With this victory, Mumbai has reached number two in the points table with 14 points. At the same, Chennai is at the top with points of 16 points in the points table.

The beginning of Chennai was very poor, so the team could not recover till the end. Chennai lost wickets at regular intervals. The poor condition of Chennai can be gauged from it that its seven batsmen could not even touch the double figures. Chennai’s Command Suresh Raina took over due to not being fit for regular captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Earlier, losing the toss

Mumbai was batting first, losing four wickets in 20 overs, set a score of 155 runs. Rohit Sharma (67), the highest run-getter for Mumbai, has scored. He hit six fours and three sixes in his 48-ball knock. This is Rohit’s first half-century in this season. Mumbai started poorly. Quinton de Kock returned to the pavilion in first wickets. Their wicket dropped on the team’s score of 24 runs.

Chennai won the toss and decided to bowl first. Chennai has made three changes in its team. Chennai replaced Murali Vijay, Mitchell Santner and Dhruv Shorey in the last eleven in place of Dhoni, Faf du Plessis, and Ravindra Jadeja. Another side, Mumbai made two changes in its team. Mumbai gave the chance to replace Ben Cutting and Mayank Markande with Evin Lewis and Anukul Roy. Roy had a debut match in the IPL.

HARDIK PANDYA’S STORMY 16-BALLS INNING, MUMBAI SPANK BANGALORE

On the auspicious innings of Hardik Pandya (37 not out), Mumbai Indians defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL-12 on Monday. In this match at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai defeated Bangalore by 5 wickets. The defeat has also been a cloud of crisis over Bangalore’s playoff hopes. This is the seventh loss in Bangalore’s eight matches.

First, Bangalore offered a challenge of 172 runs. In reply, Mumbai achieved this target by losing 5 wickets in 19.0 overs. Hardik, who came for batting at number five in this win, played a key role. He made 5 fours and two sixes in his 16-ball innings. At the other hand, Kieron Pollard (0) remained unbeaten.

The highest run opener for Mumbai was made by Quinton de Kock (40). He hit 5 fours and two sixes in his 26-ball innings. Apart from them, Rohit Sharma (28), Suryakumar Yadav (29), Ishaan Kishan (21) and Krunal Pandya contributed 11 runs. For Bangalore, Moin Ali, Yuzvendra Chahal got two wickets while Navdeep Saini got one wicket.

AB de Villiers (75) made the most runs for Bangalore. He hit six fours and four sixes in his 51-ball knock. Apart from De Villiers, Moin Ali (50), Virat Kohli contributed 8 runs. For Mumbai, Lasith Malinga got four, Jason Behrendorff and Hardik Pandya picked up one wicket each. At one time, Bangalore was going towards a huge score of 190. But Lasith Malinga, who bowled superbly in the last over, stopped them already. Bangalore lost four wickets for just 27 runs.

Bad start of RCB

Royal Challengers Bangalore began to bat after losing the toss. Virat Kohli returns to the pavilion by 8 runs, with Parthiv Patel coming off the innings. He planted only 1 four in his innings of 9 balls. He returned pavilion on the first ball of the third over.

Dhoni protects Indian flag

Dhoni protected the Indian flag from touching the ground. Great respect for the nation.

India lost the 3rd T20I match against New Zealand but Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the heart of Indians by showing respect for the Indian flag. He is a true leader, patriot and ultimately a very nice human being.

In the first inning, he made the audience feel excited through his fastest stumping. His energy and reflex actions are unbelievable. As the first inning was over, one of the fans of Dhoni broke the security barrier and entered on the ground to take blessings from the living God on the ground who is so devoted towards cricket. The fan was carrying a flag in his hand. As he bent down to touch the feet of Dhoni, suddenly the flag touched the legs of Dhoni or might have touched the ground. Dhoni suddenly took the flag in his hand and moved from there.

Dhoni protects Indian flag

This incident has become viral across social media. Although India lost the match but the stumping in the fast moment made the audience excited. Chasing the huge target of 213 runs, Team India continued to fight till the last over but nothing came into their court. Dhoni was playing his 300th T20 match. It was a special moment for him but he could not perform well from the bat and could not give the finishing touch to India in the series-deciding match. Dhoni was dismissed by scoring 2 runs only. Rest of the men in blue continued to chase the score till last over. Dinesh Kartik and Krunal Pandya raised a ray of hope till the last over but the day and trophy was for New Zealand.

Dhoni always loves India and by his activity, he increased his fan base. We would wish MSD to play more and more cricket and train the youngers lesson of patriotism cum nationalism.

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India - New Zealand Series won by 4 wickets

New Zealand beat India by 4 runs in 3rd T20 | NZ won T20 series

The unbeatable fight for runs continued till the last over but India could not reach upto the target of 213 runs in the 3rd T20 against New Zealand. The match was crucial as it was a series deciding game. New Zealand with their overall performance defeated India by 4 runs in the 3rd T20 and won the series by 2-1.

New Zealand won by 4 runs at Hamilton
New Zealand won by 4 runs at Hamilton

Colin Munro’s 72 runs off 40 balls helped New Zealand to set the powerful target of 213 runs in 20 overs. The pitch was considered to be for the batsman and the team who played early got good benefits also. Rohit Sharma after winning toss took the decision of bowling first. The dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan in the early of the game was disappointing. In spite of that, all the players came and hit their best shots. Rohit Sharma although stayed for long time on the ground but at the crucial moment he also got caught behind the stumps. The pressure was increasing ball by ball because the total was more than 200.

India New Zealand match

Vijay Shankar handled the game a bit and made some attacking shots to pull off the pressure. His 43 runs off 28 balls put the required run rate a bit low. The entry of young Rishah Pant was superb. The sixes and fours in the first over made the audience more excited but as he dismissed the crowd and score board became a bit low. Hardik Pandaya then took the risk and continued the scoreboard. He made some airy shots in between. The way match was going for Indian, the difficulty for NZ was increasing. The fall of wickets of Hardik Pandaya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni came to be a negative sign in the final series deciding match for India.

Dinesh Kartik and Krunal Pandaya in last 5 overs played exceptionally well and brought the match close to last over. The last over was best from New Zealand as they stopped Team India from making runs. Thus, finally the 3rd T20 match as well as series came into the courtyard of New Zealand. It was great come back from the ODI loss for NZ. They lifted the series trophy after long way back. Rohit Sharma would be disappointed with this loss as he could not give winning trophy in the hands of young players. The team was full of young energy and they performed better keeping eye on huge target. Now team India should start focusing on upcoming series with Australia. Good day for New Zealand and congratulations to Kane Williamson and team for winning the series.

India - New Zealand Series won by 4 wickets

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Dhoni completes 300 T20 matches

Dhoni became the only Indian to have appearances in 300 T20 matches| Dhoni completes 300 T20 matches

Alongwith the bright performance, a good moment has come for former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he has appeared in his 300th T20 match against New Zealand in Hamilton. It’s very lucky moment for Indian cricket that it has got a player like MSD. Ravi Shastri once said “Player like Mahendra Singh Dhoni come in 30 to 40 years”. It shows that how Dhoni has contributed to Indian Cricket. He puts his heart and soul into the game. MSD always looks forward to giving the best he can give for the nation. He is a disciplined human being who is so cool. “Dhoni completes 300 T20 matches” seems to be a dream for many people. He has incredibly played too many games for the shortest format and is considered as the king of T20.

New Zealand won by 4 runs at Hamilton

With this match, the third century of matches is placed in the courtyard of Dhoni. MSD keeps guiding all the players who are new comers because the experience of 300 T20 matches is really awesome. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli has learnt a lot from the captaincy of Dhoni.

Dhoni-Virat-Rohit

Team India is performing better day by day. The recent Test series win, ODI win all shows the consistency of Team India towards victory. Dhoni has been well recognized as the best finisher of the world. His technique of handling pressure in the death overs is overwhelming. Whichever the team is, however the ground is and whatever the condition is, Dhoni has to play his natural innings. He can play like test, ODI, T20 in any matches. If you need 25 runs in an over, the only batsman come into our mind is Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni with Trophies
Mahendra Singh Dhoni with winning Trophies

He has also become one of the Indian cricketers to have plated 300+ ODI matches. As a captain many records are there in the name of Dhoni like winning of 2007 T20 World Cup, ICC World Cup 2011, Champions Trophy, IPL Games etc. All the other players have a great thing to be learning from Dhoni on the ground. His thinking, taking decisions all are provoking. It is nicely said that no teacher is greater than experience.

Dhoni completes 300 T20 matches

Dhoni motivates all the players in the dressing room as well. Behind the stumps his eyes are like CCTV which keeps a track of all round happenings on the ground. 300 matches is just not only a record but unlimited experience for Indian cricket. He will keep on mentoring the youth players in the coming times. This massive experience will be fruitful for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019 as well. Hope we all will see Dhoni as the brightest star of Indian cricket ever.

All the best MSD and Team India…!!!

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