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Kiwis win third T20I by 4 runs, take series 2-1

Recent Match Report - New Zealand vs India 3rd T20I 2019 Kiwis win third T20I by 4 runs, take series 2-1
Cary Erickson | 10 February, 2019, 18:55

It took a lightning fast stumping by MS Dhoni off the bowling of Kuldeep Yadav to break the partnership.

"Great to have a performance like that, but it's great to get a victory, particularly a last-minute one like that".

Seifert's dismissal did not reduce the momentum of the New Zealand innings as Munro added another half-century partnership with Kane Williamson. While the rest of the Indian bowlers had to face the brunt of the Kiwi batsmen, Kuldeep Yadav bowled his four overs outstandingly at an economy rate of 6.50 in addition to picking up two wickets.

The Black Caps, on the other end, will definitely be keen to bounce back and seal the T20I series after having lost the ODIs against India. After losing his opening partner, Rohit Sharma built a crucial partnership with Vijay Shankar.

Shikhar Dhawan fell early in the India reply but Rohit Sharma (38) and, in particular, Vijay Shankar (43) kept the tourists up with the required rate.

Rishabh Pant belted a four and two sixes with his first three scoring shots and raced to 28 off 12 before he became debutant Blair Tickner's first victim, swiping at a full toss that was caught at mid-wicket.

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On the tight loss in the series decider where India were chasing an imposing 213, Shankar said: "We played well right through the 20 overs".

Requiring 16 runs from the last over, Karthik scored a couple of runs on the first two balls.

Colin Munro's explosive 72 set New Zealand up for victory with a four-run win over India in a cliff-hanger finish to Sunday's Twenty20 match in Hamilton, handing the hosts a 2-1 series victory.

It has been a season of records for the Men in Blue who won its first Test and bilateral ODI series in Australia followed by the biggest one-day series win in New Zealand. If I can win matches for the team, that will automatically help me personally.

It proved in vain though as Southee used all of his experience to see New Zealand through and by the time Dinesh Karthik (33no), who inexplicably turned down a single midway through the final over, hit the last ball over extra cover for six, India were beaten.