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

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

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

New Zealand, sent into bat, made 212 for four with India 208 for six at the close. While the rest of the Indian bowlers had to face the brunt of the Kiwi batsmen, Kuldeep Yadav bowled his four overs outstandingly at an economy rate of 6.50 in addition to picking up two wickets.

India won the toss and opted to chase, as they had done throughout in both Wellington and Auckland, but another excellent opening stand between Munro and Seifert soon made it clear the chase would be a sizeable one. For the second wicket, the two right-handed batsmen added 75 runs in less than 7 overs.

Vijay Shankar top-scored for the visitors with 43 off 28 balls.

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Post Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya have blast innings with 28 (12) and 21 (11) runs respectively.

India took the match to the final over, when they needed 16 runs from Tim Southee's six deliveries, but the veteran Black Caps seamer delivered in the crunch.

During the third T20I of the ongoing India's tour of New Zealand at Hamilton, New Zealand defeated India by 4 runs to win the three-match T20I series 2-1.

Karthik finished on 33 runs off 16 balls while Krunal finished on 26 runs off 13 balls. Even the 200 plus strike rates of Karthik and Krunal could not help India win the match.

The 1-2 series defeat was India's first T20I series loss after winning eight and drawing two.

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.

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