India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I in Hamilton

Heather Diaz
February 11, 2019

New Zealand defeated India by four runs in the third and final Twenty20 global (T20I) to clinch the series 2-1 here on Sunday.

India looked to be on the ropes when they needed 47 off the last three overs.

After being asked to bat, New Zealand demolished the Indian bowling attack to post an imposing 212 for four in their allotted 20 overs.

The morale-boosting victory for New Zealand came after being whipped 4-1 by India in the earlier one-day global series. However, the former captain still believed that Shankar might not make it to the World Cup.

Munro charged down the track to smack Bhuvneshwar Kumar over the rope with the first ball he faced to kick off a flying partnership with Tim Seifert.

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Munro smashed 72 (40), including five fours and five sixes, while Seifert hit three fours and three sixes in his 43 (25). Kuldeep Yadav has been brought in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.

Kane Williamson (27) fell in the next over when he pulled a rising delivery from Khaleel Ahmed to Yadav at fine leg. He may be a bit bad today but overall he has improved a lot in the Australia and New Zealand series. Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant tried to keep the team ahead of the asking rate chasing 213 runs.

Sharma's attempt to bat through the innings while others created mayhem came to an end on 38. The Rohit Sharma-led side was edged by 4 runs in the final T20I, but it was a trip which gave Indian cricket plenty of moments to cherish.

Bangladesh has opened its New Zealand tour with a loss.

Having said that, it was a 63-run unbeaten partnership for the seventh wicket between Dinesh Karthik (33) and Krunal Pandya (26) which saw India stay alive in the game till the last three balls of the match.

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