3rd T20I: Kiwis beat India by 4 runs to claim series

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In both games whether chasing or batting first, India are stuck in the less than 140-run mark, which is below-par against a top team like New Zealand. In their allotted quota of 20 overs, New Zealand ended up scoring 212-4.

In what was the only change for India, they swapped their wrist-spinner including Kuldeep Yadav in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.

This is the same ground where India had their only defeat in the five-match ODI series, with Trent Boult's five-for skittling India for 92.

"The biggest positive for India was MS Dhoni because his performance from the past one year didn't show he will go to the World Cup". However, after that Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik made the interesting with their power-packed partnership of 63 runs only in 29 balls.

New Zealand next host Bangladesh in a series of three ODIs and three Tests. While the southpaw started off his innings with a boundary and two sixes, Pandya too hit a six off his very first ball.

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Debutant Blair Tickner also impressed with 1/34 from his four overs, including the key wicket of Rishabh Pant for 28 (12), when India was threatening New Zealand's 212/4. After the early wicket Vijay Shankar and Rohit Sharma had a partnership of 75 runs and then Shankar got out on 43 runs.

Opener Colin Munro produced a 40-ball 72 and shared a 80-run stand with fellow opener Tim Seifirt (43) to lay foundation for a big score after India captain Rohit Sharma elected to bowl.

For his 139 runs at a strike rate of 173.75, wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert won the Man of the Series award after New Zealand won the three-match Twenty20 Internationals series decider against India by four runs at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Monday.

Karthik finished on 33 runs off 16 balls while Krunal finished on 26 runs off 13 balls.

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