3rd T20I: Kiwis beat India by 4 runs to claim series

Florence Fletcher
February 11, 2019

For the first wicket, the two unsafe batsmen added 80 runs in under 8 overs. He was removed by Kuldeep Yadav when he skied a ball to Hardik Pandya running in from long-on.

The morale-boosting victory for New Zealand came after being whipped 4-1 by India in the earlier one-day global series.

Seifert's dismissal did not reduce the momentum of the New Zealand innings as Munro added another half-century partnership with Kane Williamson.

Debutant Blair Tickner also impressed with 1/34 from his four overs, including the key wicket of Rishabh Pant for 28 (12), when India was threatening New Zealand's 212/4. 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.

He could only manage a single off the next delivery and Pandya then could not hit a six to give India a chance of a tie.

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Scott Kuggeleijn took the Black Caps' other wicket - his first of the series.

It was also a vital knock from Munro, whose position in the New Zealand side ahead of the World Cup had been in question after a string of failures in the ODI and Twenty20 matches against India.

India, who levelled the three-match series in Auckland, stayed in the game right until the end and were left needing 16 from the final over. With the scoreboard pressure mounting, the two batsmen next, Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya did their best as they scored 18 and 14 runs off the eighteenth and the nineteenth overs respectively.

The Black Caps have won the third match of the Twenty20 cricket series against India 2-1, bouncing back from a disappointing one-day campaign. Even the 200 plus strike rates of Karthik and Krunal could not help India win the match.

The result ended India's run of 10 T20 series without defeat.

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