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A rare tie and a bizarre sequence — Memorable moments from the New Zealand-India series

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A rare tie in the third and final T20I in Napier saw India complete a 1-0 series win over New Zealand in a T20I series that shortly followed the ICC Men's T20 World Cup.

A washed-out game in Wellington kicked off the series while rain played spoilsport in the final T20I again in Napier, but in between, we had some riveting action in the series between New Zealand and India, including a hundred from the No.1 ranked T20I batter in the MRF Tyres ICC Men's T20I batting rankings.

Here's a look at three events from the series that escaped headlines, but would probably be looked back upon a while from now.

The hit-wicket sequence

Hardik Pandya was out hit-wicket off the final ball of the innings against England in the T20 World Cup semi-final contest in Adelaide that India went on to lose by 10 wickets.

In a rare sequence, in the first completed match following it (the first T20I was abandoned), Shreyas Iyer was out hit-wicket trying to nudge one off the back foot off the bowling of Lockie Ferguson in the second T20I in Mount Maunganui.

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Tim Southee's hat-trick

Tim Southee's hat-trick, his second in T20Is, might not have saved New Zealand many runs given that it came in the last over, but kept the centurion Suryakumar Yadav off strike in the entire final over. 

While Yadav's century hogged headlines, Southee created a record of his own, becoming the only bowler after Lasith Malinga to record more than one hat-trick in men's T20Is. Concy Aweko, an off-spinner from Uganda, has accomplished the same in women's T20Is.

The tied DLS par score

The third T20I in Napier was washed out with India on 75/4 after 9 overs while in pursuit of 161 to win. The relentless rain forced DLS to come into play, but there still was no winner with the scores level on DLS. 

There have been two other instances of tied T20Is with the scores level on DLS: Netherlands' tie with Malaysia in 2021 in the Nepal T20I tri-series and Gibraltar's tie with Malta, also in 2021, during a bilateral series. 

The more famous incident, of course, came in another format in the 2003 ICC Men's Cricket World Cup where hosts South Africa were eliminated from the tournament after they miscalculated the DLS par score and ended up levelling the score instead of taking an extra run.

 

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