Black Caps win T20 series over India after thrilling decider in Hamilton

Krunal Pandya bagged three scalps in the second game

Krunal Pandya bagged three scalps in the second game

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

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.

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.

A 75-run partnership for the second wicket between stand-in skipper Rohit Sharma and Vijay Shankar put India in a strong position but their middle-order failed to capitalise and the tourists finished with 208 for six in 20 overs.

The efforts of Kane Williamson (27), Colin de Grandhomme (30), Daryl Mitchell (19no) and Ross Taylor (11no) ensured that was no let up from New Zealand though as they battered their way up to 212.

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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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.

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

India on Sunday concluded their long tour of Australia and New Zealand that started last November.

A New Zealand XI has beaten Bangladesh by two wickets in a one-day match at Lincoln.

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