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Kane Williamson, New Zealand captain: What a brilliant advertisement for T20 cricket. It's great to get across the line tonight. It was a fairly short series. The first performance (first T20I) was our best, and there were some learnings in the second one. We knew India would come back strong. For it to go to the last couple of balls with the series on the line, it was a great series to be a part of. We go to the ODIs against Bangladesh - we travel, train and play, so that's the (hectic) nature of international cricket I suppose.
Rohit Sharma, India captain: Pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line. 210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand held their nerve well and they deserved to win. We started off well in the ODIs, and the boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s. Lots of positives, and a few mistakes, so there's a lot of material to move ahead. It would have been nice to win the series and go home and play Australia, but unfortunately we couldn't do that.
Tim Seifert, Man of the Series: Great to have a performance like that, but it's great to get a victory, particularly a last-minute one like that. Great to have batted with Colin Munro. It's awesome in my hometown, that the crowd have come out in full support - hopefully they do so for the Super Smash final as well.
Colin Munro, Man of the Match: Touch and go there until the final minute. India - you get one good batsman, another one comes along. The boys did a really good job of finishing off the really good Indian batsmen. Didn't really focus on trying to do anything different, tried to put pressure back on the bowlers. Just came out nice and free, had a bit of luck, which you certainly need in this match.
New Zealand clinch series: Dinesh Karthik manages a six off the last ball but it was an economical over otherwise from Southee as New Zealand clinch the series with a four-run win.
India need 16 off 6: A six apiece for Karthik and Krunal - off Kuggeleijn - keeps India in the hunt.
Krunal goes beserk: The older Pandya strikes a six and two fours off Southee in the 18th over, bringing down the equation to 30 off 12. Can India pull this off?
New Zealand inch closer...
Under pressure, Dhoni had to strike a big one. He looked to clonk Mitchell down the ground but couldn't get the elevation and was caught in the deep. Six down.
Mitchell gets into act
Just like Pant, Hardik came out with a thinking of cleaning the stands every ball. He pulled Tickner for a maximum. Crackerjack shot. And then tonked Mitchell for another six in the next over. However, Mitchell had the last laugh as he dismissed Rohit with a fuller delivery that was bowled outside off. Brave bowling from Tickner and Mitchell with dew around.
Kuggeleijn followed it up with a quickish short delivery that skidded and surprised Hardik as he attempted the pull. The all rounder could only skew it to Williamson at mid off. Good stuff from the Kiwis. Hardik's bat flew in the air as he mistimed the shot.
Tickner gets the big one!
Mitchell and Tickner bowled with good variations to put a bit of lid on the scoring rate. Pant tried to break free by attempting to club Tickner but could only slog it to Williamson at midwicket. With dew around, low full toss isn't a bad option. Maiden international wicket for Tickner and he would have fond memories of it. The promising pacer has bowled zestful spells so far and also showed a bit of tactical nous.
Pant firing on all cylinders
Pant has come out all guns blazing! He is batting on a different plane, especially versus spin. The wicketkeeper-batsman has played just six balls and is already on 23 - with three sixes to his name. A few nerves would be jangling in the New Zealand camp.
Santner picks key scalp
Santner kept the duo of Shankar and Rohit quiet with a tight over. The pressure was on especially Shankar to crunch the big hits and he duly obliged with a couple of lusty blows off Sodhi that easily cleared the stands.
However, he soon fell to Santner trying one hit too many. Smart bowling from Santner as he bowled it a touch wider, with Shankar attempting the slog sweep.
For the second time in the innings, Rohit showcased deft touch by playing late and steering Southee via third man for a boundary. Cheeky, very cheeky from the 'Hitman'.
At 41 for 1 at 5 overs, India have made a fine start.
Shankar in prime form
Shankar flicked Kuggeleijn through square leg and tonked him over mid on. It was bowled at around 150 ks by the bowling all rounder but the red cherry rocketed to the boundary hoardings even quicker! Shankar is looking in good touch.
Dhawan falls early
He's slog-swept a leg-stumpish delivery straight to deep square leg and Mitch Santner delivers a breakthrough for New Zealand in the first over itself.
213 - target
De Grandhomme crunched an aggressive 16-ball 30, lower down the order. However, the duo of Bhuvneshwar and Khaleel bowled a string of variations and gave away only 20 in the last two to ensure the hosts were restricted to some extent to 212 for 4. It is still a massive score to chase. The pitch is flat, boundaries are relatively small and it is a lightning fast outfield.
For the home team, Munro played the starring role with a stunning 72 while Kuldeep took two scalps for India.
De Grandhomme and Mitchell continued to pound the boundary boards with ease as the pair smacked three fours in the 17th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar. New Zealand would be looking for a score in the range of 220!
Munro's blitz ends
Oh, India were desperate for that wicket!! Kuldeep has removed Munro with a tossed up delivery. Munro toe-ended the slog sweep with Hardik grabbing the catch after taking a few steps from long on. Geez! He is furious... livid. Must be still thinking about that fluffed chance.
Munro, meanwhile, trudges back after exploring every nook and cranny of the ground to compose a brilliant 40-ball 72.
Khaleel, the man who grassed the chance, then found redemption by dismissing Williamson with a slower short ball.
Drop catch, sixes...
What was that?? Khaleel looked so casual... he has made a mess of an absolute dolly. Hardik deceived the dangerman Munro with a brilliant slower one and induced the top edge. Khaleel only had to move a yard or two on the on side but made a complete mess of it.
To make matters worse for the all rounder, Shankar fumbled in the deep and Murno lofted the next one over long for a splendid six. Who wants to be a bowler?? Uphill task on this pitch.
Munro on fire
The Munro train, however, didn't stop as he clubbed Krunal over deep midwicket to complete his fifty in just 28 balls. He has a sound method to crunch sixes and it works for him in the shortest format of the game. He continued to make merry as he tonked the same bowler through covers. Krunal paid the price for just darting it in.
India needed Kuldeep's magic to break the threatening stand. He bowled a straighter one and followed it up with a googly to lure Seifert out of the crease, with Dhoni effecting a very smart stumping. Via a couple of angles it felt as if the opener had a hint of his heel inside but the third umpire decided to rule him out. Touch and go decision. The visitors needed that wicket as they looked flat.
Munro on the charge
Munro is known for his big-hitting in T20s. The batting all rounder certainly took a liking for Krunal's bowling by sweeping him for a six and then tonking him through extra cover for a boundary. Krunal from round the wicket bowled a couple of them in the slot and paid the price. Ominous signs for the Asian side. The pitch too looks very flat. There is hardly any assistance for Krunal and co. The outfield is also lightning fast.
Plenty of drama...
Ah, Vijay almost pulled off a stunner of a catch running backwards and with athletic strides from backward point but despite putting in a desperate dive, he couldn't pouch it. Full marks for effort.
Seifert, the batsman, who had a scare, then showcased wonderful improvisation by sweeping Khaleel for a six. It can't be that easy... he just walked across, bent on his knee and swept it away. Audacious. Adventure. Swagger. Must be good at hockey too...
Munro cracked a sumptuous six off Bhuvneshwar down the ground while Seifert pounced on a hint of width provided by Khaleel in the second over to collect a boundary. However, Bhuvneshwar gave a glimpse of his T20 skills by bowling a string of yorkers in his second over to keep the duo quiet.
Indian pacers already depending on variations.
Players of both teams have gone through their respective national anthems and we are ready to go.
The land of long white clouds
Toss and teams
Kane Williamson: We would have had a bowl. Looks like a good surface. It's important to the job up front. In T20 cricket, to take wickets is really important. We have to assess conditions. Fantastic performance in the first game, not quite there in the second. That is very important in T20 cricket. Tickner comes in, he makes his debut, a well deserved opportunity.
New Zealand (Playing XI): Tim Seifert(w), Colin Munro, Kane Williamson(c), Daryl Mitchell, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
Rohit Sharma: We are looking to bowl first. It's a good pitch. We didn't have a great result the last time we played here. It's a big game. The combination allows us to chase as we bat deep. We have a good record chasing. It's been a long summer for us, we are all are professionals and we have a job to do. We have made one change, Kuldeep in.
India (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni(w), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed
And by the way, Blair Tickner has received his T20I cap. He has been in good form in domestic T20s this season.
Pitch Report: "It's a really nice surface. It has a great covering of grass on it and it will aid the pace. Not a lot of turn here. The batsman will control this game. 200 runs is probably going to be a decent score batting first on this surface. You need at least that with the lack of turn and just the easy pace," reckons Simon Doull
Indian players would have fond memories of their twins tours of Australia and New Zealand. The Asian nation won their maiden Test series in Australia and haven't lost a single rubber across formats over both the tours.
The Indian team would look to end their sojourn of the Australian continent on a high by winning the final game of the T20I series against New Zealand and clinch the rubber.
After sliding to a heavy defeat in the first game, India put up a fine all round show in Auckland to emerge victorious by seven wickets. The pacers generated swing with the older ball while Krunal picked up a three-for. Rohit then played with a touch of class as India surged to a comfortable win. On the other hand, the hosts would be worried about their top order collapse. The lower order too couldn't accelerate in the slog. On a positive note, de Grandhomme muscled his way to a quickfire 50.
Tickner, known for bowling with a burst of pace, could come into the equation for the final game.
Can the home side edge out India in the T20Is? Or will the Asian side continue on their winning ways by emerging triumphant in yet another T20I bilateral series? We will have all the updates in a while.
Here's our preview for the key clash.
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