India lose 1st ever decider in a 3-match T20I series after Hamilton heartbreak

first_imgThe Indian men’s and women’s teams suffered heartbreaking defeats in their respective T20I matches on Sunday and will have to now head home in disappointment.Rohit Sharma’s side lost the series-deciding third T20I in Hamilton just hours after Harmanpreet Kaur’s team suffered its third successive loss against the White Ferns at the same venue.The men’s team fell short by 4 runs as they failed to chase down a mammoth 213-run target against Kane Williamson’s side, who clinched the series 2-1 as a result.India made a valiant attempt at chasing down the total but were stopped at 208 for 6 by the Black Caps.This was India’s first ever loss in a 3-match T20I bilateral series decider in the shortest format. India though, had won the ODI series 4-1, the second time in 10 years.India needed 16 runs off the final over in their run chase but they could manage to score 11 runs with Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya making a fist of the total despite the loss of wickets early on.Congratulations to New Zealand on winning the series 2-1 #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/x829ObFkBNBCCI (@BCCI) February 10, 2019″Pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line. 210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand held their nerve well and they deserved to win. We started off well in the ODIs, and the boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s,” Rohit Sharma said at the post match presentation ceremony.advertisementThe women’s team on the other hand, was chasing a much lower target of 162 but they fell agonisingly short of it, losing by just 2 runs in the end.Nothing beats getting your hands on the trophy! 3-0 series victory, well done WHITE FERNS! #NZvIND #culturescombined #whitewash pic.twitter.com/u8FSHzpQYTWHITE FERNS (@WHITE_FERNS) February 10, 2019They also needed 16 runs off the final over out of which they managed to score 13 runs.Smriti Mandhana hit 86 off 62 deliveries but that was not enough as India managed 159 for 4 from their 20 overs. India had earlier won the five-match ODI series 4-1.Also Read | Lots of positives and a few mistakes, says Rohit Sharma after T20I series defeatAlso Read | Women’s T20I: Smriti Mandhana fifty in vain as New Zealand sweep series 3-0Also Read | India vs New Zealand Highlights, 3rd T20I: New Zealand beat India by 4 runs to clinch serieslast_img read more

Riyan Parag on helicopter shot vs KKR: No MS Dhoni inspiration, didn’t even practice it

first_img17-year-old Riyan Parag has certainly made a strong impression in the limited opportunities that has come his way in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. The Rajasthan Royals wonderkid has shown tremendous composure in crunch situations and has already played a couple of match-winning knocks in the season.On Thursday, Riyan Parag was at it again as he top-scored for Rajasthan Royals with a 31-ball 47 to help the team gun down a 176-run target against Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.In front of a 60,000-strong crowd, Riyan Parag held his nerves and wonderfully led Rajasthan’s chase after they lost their star batsmen, including captain Smith and Ben Stokes cheaply.RR got off to a flyer, thanks to Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson’s aggressive approach at the top. However, KKR spinners Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine struck in regular intervals to leave RR reeling at 98 for 5.Riyan Parag was handed an early reprieve by Sunil Narine but the youngster did well to make use of the extra opportunity and stitched a 25-run stand with Shreyas Gopal and then a 44-run stand with Jofra Archer.Riyan Parag hit two sixes and five boundaries and maintained a strike rate of over 150 in Rajasthan’s successful chase.Parag played a wide range of shots but his helicopter shot against KKR pacer Prithviraj in the 10th over has grabbed a lot of eyeballs. The teengar executed the shot that is commonly associated with MS Dhoni to perfection and fetched a boundary.However, Riyan Parag said there was no inspiration for the helicopter shot he played on Thursday from MS Dhoni and even revealed he never practiced the much-talked-about shot.advertisement”I just hi it. There’s no inspiration behind that. I have played it a few times in the state matches as well. I was waiting for a short ball but he bowled a length ball. I just went through it. There’s wasn’t any inspiration. I hadn’t prepared for it. I didn’t even practice for it,” Riyan Parag told Rajasthan pacer Varun Aaron during a candid chat for IPLT20.com.Riyan Parag was disappointed when he got out hit wicket in the 19th over of the chase. In the tense chase, Royals needed 9 runs from the last over but a calm Jofra Archer sealed the deal for the visitors with a four and then a six off the first two balls of the 20th over.Stressing that Archer and himself had spoken about being positive throughout their 44-run stand, Riyan Parag said: “As soon I played the shot, I hit the bail with my bat, I knew that I was out and I kept walking. But Archer and I were saying positive things to each other. I knew he would finish it and he did it in style.”Varun Aaron walked away with the Man of the Match award in his first match for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2019. The India pacer bowled with a lot of steam and got the big wickets of Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill with inswingers to dent Kolkata Knight Riders early.Speaking about the knuckle ball that got Gill, Aaron said: “I have been bowling that for a while now. It came out really well today. It was an important match for us an I am glad it came out really well.”Also Read | 17-year-old Riyan Parag wins thriller for RR, KKR lose 6 in a rowAlso Read | Riyan Parag from Assam wins hearts with his runs, simplicity and GamusaAlso See:last_img read more