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3rd T20I: NZ beat India by four runs, win three-match series 2-1


HAMILTON (New Zealand): 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 fit in Hamilton, handing the hosts a 2-1 series victory.

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India gave the look to be on the ropes after they needed 47 off the remaining three overs.

Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya in combination plundered 32 off overs 18 and 19 however Tim Southee restricted the duo to 11 within the 20th.

New Zealand, despatched into bat, made 212 for 4 with India 208 for 6 on the shut.

The morale-boosting victory for New Zealand got here after being whipped 1-Four via India within the previous one-day global series.

It was once additionally a very important knock from Munro, whose position within the New Zealand aspect forward of the World Cup were in query after a string of screw ups within the ODI and Twenty20 fits in opposition to India.

Munro charged down the monitor to smack Bhuvneshwar Kumar over the rope with the primary ball he confronted to kick off a flying partnership with Tim Seifert.

The pair raced to 80 within the 8th over when the lightning palms of MS Dhoni had Seifert stumped via a hair's breadth for 43.

Munro's belligerence earned him 72 off 40 balls, flaying the bowling with 5 fours and 5 sixes. He was once got rid of via Kuldeep Yadav when he skied a ball to Hardik Pandya working in from long-on.

Kane Williamson (27) fell within the next over when he pulled a emerging supply from Khaleel Ahmed to Yadav at fine leg.

Colin de Grandhomme chimed in with 30 off 16 to verify New Zealand passed the important 200 mark for the second one time within the series.

Vijay Shankar took an similarly aggressive stance firstly of India's chase and the visitors were up on the required run rate during the first part in their innings, however were unable to establish partnerships.

Rishabh Pant belted a 4 and two sixes along with his first three scoring pictures and raced to 28 off 12 before he was debutant Blair Tickner's first sufferer, swiping at a full toss that was once caught at mid-wicket.


Sharma's attempt to bat during the innings whilst others created mayhem got here to an end on 38.


Hardik Pandya's temporary cameo produced 21 whilst MS Dhoni, feted because the master finisher, could only make two in a brief stay on the crease.


With the game slipping away from India, Karthik pounded the limits with 33 off 16 deliveries whilst Krunal Pandya made 26 off 13.


New Zealand next host Bangladesh in a sequence of three ODIs and 3 Tests.


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