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February 11, 2019

Munro stars as NZ bag India T20 series in a thriller


February 11, 2019

HHAMILTON: Colin Munro’s explosive 72 set up a four-run win for New Zealand over India in a cliff-hanger finish to Sunday’s Twenty20 match in Hamilton, handing the hosts a 2-1 series victory.

India looked to be on the ropes when they needed 47 off the last three overs. But Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya together plundered 32 off overs 18 and 19 before Tim Southee restricted the duo to 11 in the 20th. “It was obviously touch-and-go there for us,” said Munro whose whirlwind knock at the start of the match laid the platform for New Zealand’s 212 for four with India 208 for six at the close.

The morale-boosting victory for New Zealand gave captain Kane Williamson something to smile about after they were whipped 4-1 by India in the earlier one-day international series. “It came down to the last couple of balls and it’s nice to come out on the right side,” he said. It was a more sombre mood in the India dressing after Rohit Sharma had won the toss and defied convention by not batting first in a series decider, saying his team preferred to chase regardless. “It was pretty disappointing to not get over that finishing line but I thought we fought really well till the end,” he said. “We started off really well with the ODI series and we wanted to do well here with the T20.” It was a vital knock from Munro, whose position in the New Zealand side ahead of the World Cup had been in question after a string of failures in the ODI and Twenty20 matches against India.

But he was on song from the start of the decider, charging down the track to smack Bhuvneshwar Kumar over the rope with the first ball he faced to kick off a flying partnership with Tim Seifert. The pair raced to 80 in the eighth over when the lightning hands of MS Dhoni had Seifert stumped by a hair’s breadth for 43. Munro’s belligerence saw him face just 40 balls in his innings, flaying the bowling with five fours and five sixes. He was removed by Kuldeep Yadav when he skied a ball to Hardik Pandya running in from long-on.

New Zealand

T Seifert st Dhoni b Yadav 43

C. Munro c H.Pandya b Yadav 72

K. Williamson c Yadav b Ahmed 27

C. de Grandhomme c Dhoni b Kumar 30

D. Mitchell not out 19

R. Taylor not out 14

Extras: (lb 4, wd 3) 7

Total: (for 4 wickets; 20 overs) 212

Fall: 1-80 (Seifert), 2-135 (Munro), 3-150 (Williamson), 4-193 (de Grandhomme)

Bowling: Kumar 4-0-37-1 (1w), Ahmed 4-0-47-1, H. Pandya 4-0-44-0, K. Pandya 4-0-54-0 (2w), Yadav 4-0-26-2


S. Dhawan c Mitchell b Santner 5

R. Sharma c Seifert b Mitchell 38

V. Shankar c de Grandhomme b Santner 43

R. Pant c Williamson b Tickner 28

H. Pandya c Williamson b Kuggeleijn 21

M. Dhoni c Southee b Mitchell 2

D. Karthik not out 33

K. Pandya not out 26

Extras: (lb 1wd 11) 12

Total: (for 6 wickets; 20 overs) 208

Fall: 1-6 (Dhawan), 2-81 (Shankar), 3-121 (Pant), 4-141 (Sharma), 5-145 (H. Pandya), 6-145

Bowling: Santner 3-0-32-2 (2w), Southee 4-0-47-0 (2w), Kuggeleijn 4-0-37-1, Tickner 4-0-34-1 (2w), Sodhi 2-0-30-0 (1w), Mitchell 3-0-27-2 Toss: India

Result: New Zealand won by four runs

Series: New Zealand 2-1

Umpires: Shaun Haig (NZL), Wayne Knights (NZL) TV umpire: Chris Brown (NZL)

Match referee: David Boon (AUS).