In­dia fall short by 4 runs as Ki­wis clinch T20 series

In­dia fall short by 4 runs as Ki­wis clinch T20 series

The Asian Age - - Delhi Special -

Hamil­ton, Feb. 10: Colin Munro’s ex­plo­sive 72 set New Zealand up for vic­tory with a four- run win over In­dia in a cliffhanger fin­ish to Sun­day’s Twenty20 match in Hamil­ton, hand­ing the hosts a 2- 1 series vic­tory.

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

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

New Zealand, sent into bat, made 212 for four with In­dia 208 for six at the close.

The mo­rale- boost­ing vic­tory for New Zealand came af­ter be­ing whipped 4- 1 by In­dia in the ear­lier one- day in­ter­na­tional 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.

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.

The pair raced to 80 in the eighth over when the light­ning hands of MS Dhoni had Seifert stumped by a hair’s breadth for 43.

Munro’s bel­liger­ence earned him 72 off 40 balls, flay­ing the bowl­ing with five fours and five sixes. He was re­moved by Kuldeep Ya­dav when he skied a ball to Hardik Pandya run­ning in from lon­gon.

Kane Wil­liamson ( 27) fell in the next over when he pulled a ris­ing de­liv­ery from Khaleel Ahmed to Ya­dav at fine leg.

Colin de Grand­homme chimed in with 30 off 16 to en­sure New Zealand passed the crit­i­cal 200 mark for the sec­ond time in the series.

Vi­jay Shankar took an equally ag­gres­sive stance at the start of In­dia’s chase and the vis­i­tors were up at the re­quired run rate through the first half of their in­nings, but were un­able to es­tab­lish part­ner­ships.

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 mid­wicket.

— AFP

New Zealand’s Daryl Mitchell cel­e­brates the wicket of In­dia’s M. S Dhoni dur­ing the third T20I in Hamil­ton.

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