When was the last time you saw a T20 game finish without a six being hit? Can't think of one? It happened yesterday (January 30) during the India vs New Zealand second T20I match being played at Lucknow's Bharat Ratna Shree Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium. The stadium, which has featured 9 international games so far, has been criticised by veteran and current cricketers for the sloppy which doesn't suit a T20 game.
After the match, captain Hardik Pandya called the pitch a "shocker". Speaking to Star Sports after the match, Hardik said: “The kind of wickets we played the two games on… I don’t mind difficult wickets. I’m all up for that, but these wickets are not made for T20s. Somewhere down the line, the curator or stadium, wherever we play T20s, they should make sure they prepare the game (pitch) previously rather than having a couple of games there.”
What happened? The wicket gave a nightmare to the batters as it showed immense turn. In all, of the 239 balls bowled in both the innings, no six was hit.
How about that for a ball! 👍 👍@imkuldeep18 bowled an absolute beaut to dismiss Daryl Mitchell 👏 👏 #TeamIndia | #INDvNZ | @mastercardindia— BCCI (@BCCI) January 29, 2023
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New Zealand captain Mitchell Santner searches for spinners: The Kiwi skipper, Mitchell Santner was also surprised with the amount of help the spinners were getting from the wicket. That also propelled Santner to squeeze out four overs from wicketkeeper-turned-part-time offspinner Glenn Philips. Philips stood to the test, and conceded just 17 runs in his spell.
Gautam Gambhir calls the wicket 'sub-standard': Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir, speaking at Star Sports, called the wicket "sub-standard". "Let's be very honest, it was a sub-standard wicket and not a T20 wicket."
The third and the final match: The series is leveled at 1-1 with India winning the second match against Kiwis. Now the final will be played on February 1, 2023 at Ahmedabad's Narendra Modi Stadium.