Ki­wis beat In­dia to claim series

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

Chas­ing the 213-run tar­get, In­dia could score only 208/6 in their 20 overs.

In­dia suf­fered their first blow early when opener Shikhar Dhawan was dis­missed by Mitchell Sant­ner in the first over. Rookie all-rounder Vi­jay Shankar was the top scorer for In­dia. He hit five bound­aries and two sixes in a quick­fire 28-ball in­ning that pro­duced 43 runs.

The vis­i­tors were plunged into deeper trou­ble soon af­ter­wards as Rishabh Pant and Ro­hit Sharma were dis­missed in suc­ces­sive overs.

Although Di­nesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya made a valiant at­tempt with a late 63-run stand off the last 28 balls, it did not prove to be enough.

Ear­lier, a bril­liant top-or­der bat­ting dis­play helped New Zealand post a big to­tal of 212/4 in 20 overs.

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