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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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Indian Cricket Team | India V/s New Zealand | 2nd T20

Krunal, Rohit set India to win 2nd T20 against New Zealand

The overall performance of Team India led grand win in the 2nd T20 match against New Zealand in Auckland to level the series by 1-1. The Indian pacers cum spin bowlers did exceptionally well and stopped the NZ innings at 158 for 8. In the previous match, New Zealand had defeated India badly but this time, India with some different playing techniques defeated them on their home ground. The magic man Krunal Pandaya ran through the top orders and stopped NZ from making runs. The opening partnership between Rohit Sharma (50) and Shikhar Dhawan (30) took India ahead in the race and gave a quick solid start. India vs New Zealand 2nd T20 match was one of the matches from Indian side.

Hitman being the captain is being better day by day. With this half century he becomes the leading scorer in the T20 format. The potential of New Zealand was a bit higher than India due to last win but this time they came to the same level. Now it will be fascinating to see the next match which will decide the final outcome of the series.

Rohit Sharma also completed his 100th T20 six in this match which shows the power of a legend player. Shikhar Dhawan joined the race and gave beautiful knocks in between. Both the openers are doing quite well in the top orders. It was Ish Sodhi who gave the first breakthrough for New Zealand by dismissing the Indian captain. After that Lockie Ferguson handled the pace by sending back Shikhar Dhawan and giving a ray of hope in the match. The match was getting more crucial in the middle of the innings. The partnership of Rishabh Pant and M. S. Dhoni finally gave the victory sign to India. Thus India won the 2nd T20 match by 7 wickets. The win was very much essential from India.

Most of the winning credit goes to Indian bowlers also as their performance was delightful in the match. Starting from top over to the death overs they performed better. Krunal Pandaya, the left arm spinner picked up crucial wickets of New Zealand. Slight controversy came in the middle of the innings when Mitchell took the review of the LBW. The HotSpot indicated an inside edge but RTS did not show it. Williamson and Mitchell had a sort of discussion on the ground but nothing came into their court. The turning point of the game was the wicket of de Grandhomme which was taken by Hardik Pandaya. Day by day Pandaya’s performance is getting better.

With the overall performance of Team India, great show is expected to be seen in the World Cup 2019. New Zealand have to focus upon the failure of top orders and improve their game. India vs New Zealand 2nd T20 match was thus a bad indication for New Zealand but if they focus on game they can get good chance.

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