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Black Caps prevail in thrilling decider

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 10/02/2019

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.

© AAP Image/Lukas Coch New Zealand's beaten India by four runs in a nail-biting deciding third T20 in Hamilton, with the tourists restricted to 208 in pursuit of 213 for victory.

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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.

Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya were only able to take 11 runs off it, with Karthik's six from the final ball in vain.

Newcomer Daryl Mitchell finished with the standout figures of 2/27 from three overs, while left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner also picked up two wickets, after opening the bowling.

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.

Scott Kuggeleijn took the Black Caps' other wicket - his first of the series.

Vijay Shankar top scored for India with 43 (28), while captain Rohit Sharma struck 38 (32), but they didn't get enough support and the run-rate pressure was ultimately too much.

The Black Caps produced a powerful and polished batting performance to post 212/4, led by openers Colin Munro and Tim Seifert, who put on 80 for the first wicket inside eight overs.

Munro smashed 72 (40), including five fours and five sixes, while Seifert hit three fours and three sixes in his 43 (25).

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.

Spinner Kuldeep Yadav was the only Indian bowler to avoid punishment with his four overs only costing 26 runs.

Yadav also took two wickets, dismissing both New Zealand openers.

The Black Caps will quickly now turn their attentions to the three match one-day series against Bangladesh, which starts in Napier on Wednesday.

Opening batsman Martin Guptill has been declared fit for the three ODIs, after sitting out the three T20s against India with a back injury.

Bangladesh has opened its New Zealand tour with a loss.

A New Zealand XI has beaten Bangladesh by two wickets in a one-day match at Lincoln.

Black Caps test opener Jeet Raval scored 52 for the New Zealand XI, while his opening partner Andrew Fletcher top scored with 92.

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