Chasing 213, India fell short of the target by only four runs in the decider and lost the series 2-1. After a successful ODI series, India slowed down a bit in the T20Is and allowed the Kiwis to dominate.
After being asked to bat, Munro's 40-ball 72 and Tim Seifert's 43 off 25 gave the perfect start New Zealand would have wanted. In death overs, Colin de Grandhomme ensured the hosts didn't lose the momentum with a quickfire 16-ball 30.
After losing Dhawan in the very first over, Rohit Sharma and Vijay Shankar put the chase on track by adding 75 runs off 46 balls for the second wicket. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya kept the hopes alive for India with their useful cameos but in the space of 19 balls, India slipped from 121 for 2 to 145 for 6. Karthik and Krunal took India closer but couldn't take them past the finish line.
Prior to this game, both teams had won a game apiece in the series. New Zealand crushed the visitors by 80 runs in the first T20I but India bounced back to make it 1-1
Here in this article, we will look at some interesting stats from the series.
1098 - Total runs scored in the series
75 - Number of fours hit in the series, with Tim Siefert hitting the most (11)
56 - Number of sixes hit in the series; Tim Siefert topped the list with 10 sixes
0 - Not a single century scored in the series
4 - Number of half-centuries scored in the series (one each by Tim Siefert, Colin Munro, Colin de Grandhomme and Rohit Sharma)
84 - Number of runs scored by Tim Siefert in the 1st T20I, the highest individual score in the series
139 - Number of runs scored by Tim Siefert in the series, the most by any player
46.33 - Batting average of Tim Siefert in the series, the highest for any player
219/6 - New Zealand's score in the 1st T20I, the highest team total in the series
86 - Number of runs added by Tim Siefert and Colin Munro for the 1st wicket in the 1st T20I, the highest partnership for any wicket in the series
37 - Number of wickets that fell in the series
3/17 - Bowling figures of Tim Southee in the 1st T20I, the best by any bowler in the series
6.50 - Bowling economy of Kuldeep Yadav in the series, the least by any bowler in the series (minimum 24 balls bowled)
9.50 - Bowling strike rate of Daryl Mitchell in the series, the best by any bowler in the series (minimum 24 balls bowled)
80 - Margin of defeat for India in the first T20I, their biggest loss (by runs)
During his knock of 50, Rohit Sharma surpassed Martin Guptill to become the highest run-getter in T20Is. He also completed 100 sixes in T20Is during this knock, only Gayle and Guptil has struck more. Also, now he has 20 fifty-plus scores in T20Is, the most by any batsmen.