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New Zealand hold off India to clinch T20I series

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fell short by four runs to lose the three-match T20I series 1-2 to at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

and claimed two wickets each, while and chipped in with a piece each as hosts restricted the touring side to 208 runs for the loss of six wickets in the run-chase of 213 runs.

As Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan fell cheaply for five, and injected some momentum before the latter was dismissed for 43.

To support the Hitman, Rishabh Pant came out to share the crease. However, the wicketkeeper could not build a solid much-needed partnership and returned for 28, which opened the flurry of Indian wickets. Dhawan fell for 38 in the very next over.

Hardik Pandya and former Dhoni, too, could not stay longer at the crease. Dhoni fell cheaply for two while Pandya returned with a double-digit score of 21.

Having required 16 runs off last over, and displayed their cameo but could not seal the series-decider match for Karthik and Pandya remained unbeaten on 33 and 26, respectively.

Earlier, exploited the batting-friendly conditions and posted an imposing 212 runs for the loss of four.

Opener Colin Munro, who was adjudged Man of the Match, smashed a 40-ball 62 and shared an 80-run partnership with to lay the foundation for a big total after the Indian opted to bowl.

The Kiwi players kept ticking the scoreboard as New Zealand skipper contributed 27, while blazed a crucial 30-run cameo.

For India, left-arm spinner was the most expensive bowler as he conceived 54 runs. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Yadav picked up two wickets, while and took a piece each.

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 16:53 IST