India vs New Zealand 3rd T20I: New Zealand beat India by four runs, win three-match series 2-1
Colin Munro’s blazing half-century and Tim Southee’s last over to defend 15 runs helped New Zealand seal the T20I series 2-1 with a four-run victory in the decider at Seddon Park. The defeat also meant India faced their first series loss on their long tour of Southern Hemisphere.
His one-day spot is uncertain, but Colin Munro is a devastating Twenty20 player for New Zealand.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson doesn’t want to read too much into the T20 series win over India, especially in the context of the upcoming World Cup and feels the 2-1 result was an “isolated” one.
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 10, 2019
Williamson said the series win was a big confidence booster for his side and their main aim coming into the rubber was just to gel as a unit.
A first-ever T20 series win would have been icing on the cake but the hosts held their nerves to pull off a thrilling victory.
Williamson said to his teammates -“Both teams were playing well so to come down to the decider and see a game what we saw tonight was brilliant and great for us as a unit to go through all these experiences and come out on top in a really tight match.”
“I thought the guys held their nerves in the second half where it was difficult. India came out and played some fantastic cameos but we were able to get those wickets at key moments.”
Highlighting the importance of the series win, Williamson said it is not easy to get the better of India, who boasts of a strong batting line-up.
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In the same week, as Colin Munro was dropped from the initial squad for the upcoming one-dayers against Bangladesh, the left-handed opener blazed 72 off 40 balls as the Black Caps won the series-decider against India in Hamilton on Sunday night.
In an engaging contest, New Zealand slammed 212-4 off their 20 overs and India’s spirited reply came up five runs short of victory at Seddon Park; giving the Black Caps a 2-1 series victory.