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India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I in Hamilton

10 February 2019

Just like the first T20I, New Zealand openers Colin Munro and Tim Seifert gave their side a wonderful start.

Dhoni's brilliant skills and incredible reflexes gave India the much-needed breakthrough as he caught Seifert nearly an inch short of the crease.

Munro's belligerence earned him 72 off 40 balls, flaying the bowling with five fours and five sixes.

For New Zealand, a better batting effort in the middle overs is what they would be looking for. He was removed by Kuldeep Yadav when he skied a ball to Hardik Pandya running in from long-on.

3rd T20I, Preview: In a season of many firsts for the Indian cricket team, Rohit Sharma's men will be aiming to become first among the equals to win a T20 global series in New Zealand when the two sides clash in the final match here Sunday. After losing his opening partner, Rohit Sharma built a crucial partnership with Vijay Shankar.

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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. In the ninth over, Vijay Shankar got out in an attempt to up the ante after scoring 43 runs off 28 balls. In between these two dismissals, the Kiwis also got the wicket of a settled Rohit Sharma to tilt the odds in their favour.

On the tight loss in the series decider where India were chasing an imposing 213, Shankar said: "We played well right through the 20 overs".

The Black Caps have won the third match of the Twenty20 cricket series against India 2-1, bouncing back from a disappointing one-day campaign. If I can win matches for the team, that will automatically help me personally.

A first T20 series victory in New Zealand will be the icing on the cake for the "Men in Blue", who have far exceeded expectations during their three-month sojourn in this part of the world.

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.

India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I in Hamilton