3rd Twenty20 International: New Zealand beat India to claim series

Ruben Hill
February 11, 2019

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

Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya were trying to score big runs in every ball to help India win, however, a small mistake did lead to the team losing the series.

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.

Chasing a mammoth 213-run target in the deciding T20I, India ended up scoring 208-6 in 20 overs.

Since their defeat in July 2017, India have defeated Sri Lanka (1-0), drew against Australia at home (1-1), defeated New Zealand at home (2-1), beaten Sri Lanka at home (3-0), won in South Africa (2-1), lifted the Nidahas Trophy, won in Ireland (2-0) and England (2-1), whitewashed West Indies (3-0), and drew against Australia (1-1).

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

Dropped for the opening two one-day internationals of New Zealand's upcoming series against Bangladesh, Munro responded in defiant fashion to help the hosts post a commanding 212 for four wickets after the hosts were asked to bat first.

Kane Williamson 27 (21) and Colin de Grandhomme 30 (16) kept the run-rate around 10 before Daryl Mitchell and Ross Taylor struck 19 (11) and 14 (7) respectively to cap the innings. With bowling figures of 4-0-26-2, Kuldeep Yadav justified his selection by being India's best bowler in the match.

Yadav also took two wickets, dismissing both New Zealand openers.

Opening batsman Martin Guptill has been declared fit for the three ODIs, after sitting out the three T20s against India with a back injury.

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