Rohit Sharma’s Indian cricket team was aiming to end the series against New Zealand on the ultimate high with a win in the third and final Twenty20 International in Hamilton. After winning the Auckland T20I, India was heading into the clash high on confidence but Colin Munro’s ninth fifty helped the hosts reach 212/4. In response, spirited knocks from Vijay Shankar, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya gave India a chance but they could manage only 208/6, losing the match by four runs and losing the three-match series 2-1. For Rohit and the side, the loss ended what has been a perfect four months in Australia and New Zealand on a slightly sour note.
India’s loss reiterated that New Zealand was their ultimate bogey team in the shortest format of the game and during the loss in Hamilton, more records were created by New Zealand. Here is a list of some of the records broken during the match in Seddon Park, Hamilton.
4 – The margin of victory for New Zealand against India in Hamilton which is their second-lowest in terms of runs. The Kiwis had defeated India by one run in 2012 during the Chennai Twenty20 game. Incidentally, in the first T20I played on the tour in Australia, India lost the Brisbane match by four runs.
7 – New Zealand has won seven out of nine T20Is played in Seddon Park, Hamilton. They have lost to South Africa and in 2018, they lost to England by two runs.
8 – Number of wins by New Zealand against India in 11 T20Is against India. They now have the most wins against India by any nation in this format.
0 – Number of series wins in T20Is by India in New Zealand. In 2009, they lost the two-match series 0-2 and in 2019, they have lost the three-match series 1-2.
2 – Number of 200+ scores by New Zealand against India. South Africa is the other country to have hit two 200+ scores in this format.
2 – Only twice have India chased a total of over 200+ successfully in ODIs. India chased down 207 against Sri Lanka in Mohali in 2009 while 202 was chased against Australia in Rajkot in 2013.
1 - The first time Rohit Sharma has lost a T20I series as captain. Prior to the series, Rohit had never lost a game as skipper in this format.