Munro's fireworks help Kiwis beat India to claim T20 series

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Munro's belligerence earned him 72 off 40 balls, flaying the bowling with five fours and five sixes. Kuldeep Yadav has been brought in place of Yuzvendra Chahal.

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Meanwhile, Indian bowlers too showcased an impressive performance, with Krunal Pandya bagging three wickets and Khaleel Ahmed, Hardik Pandya and Bhuvneshwar Kumar sharing four wickets among themselves to restrict the hosts for 158. In the ninth over, Vijay Shankar got out in an attempt to up the ante after scoring 43 runs off 28 balls.

Post Shankar, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya have blast innings with 28 (12) and 21 (11) runs respectively.

He could only manage a single off the next delivery and Pandya then could not hit a six to give India a chance of a tie. In between these two dismissals, the Kiwis also got the wicket of a settled Rohit Sharma to tilt the odds in their favour.

The Black Caps ended India's run of 10 Twenty20 worldwide series without a defeat.

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Runs came thick and fast as skipper Kane Williamson contributed 27 and Colin de Grandhomme produced a crucial 30-run cameo off 16-balls.

Indian women will be eyeing for a consolation victory when they take on New Zealand in the third and final T20I on Sunday. Even the 200 plus strike rates of Karthik and Krunal could not help India win the match.

Having said that, it was a 63-run unbeaten partnership for the seventh wicket between Dinesh Karthik (33) and Krunal Pandya (26) which saw India stay alive in the game till the last three balls of the match. The given result meant that India lost their first series on their tour of Australia an New Zealand.

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