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Major takeaways from India vs New Zealand T20I series

New Zealand denied India a perfect finish to their highly successful tour Down Under by clinching the T20 series 2-1 with a narrow four-run win in the series-deciding third match at Seddon Park, Hamilton. 

New Zealand clinch T20I series

New Zealand denied India a perfect finish to their highly successful tour Down Under by clinching the T20 series 2-1 with a narrow four-run win in the series-deciding third match at Seddon Park, Hamilton. 

India lose T20I series after 30 months

India suffered their first series defeat in T20 format after thirty months.

India were unbeaten in ten consecutive T20I series (of two or more matches) dating back to January 2017 before New Zealand series. 

Dhoni 1st Indian cricketer to play 300 T20I matches

Former Indian captain MS Dhoni has become the first Indian cricketer to play 300 T20I matches. Overall Dhoni is the thirteenth cricketer to make 300 appearances in T20I format. 

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard holds the record of playing most t20 matches (446). 

Colin Munro - Man of the Match

Colin Munro struck a 40-ball 72 as New Zealand pipped India by four runs in the third and final Twenty20 international at Hamilton to seal a 2-1 series victory on Sunday (February 10).

Dropped for the opening two one-day internationals of New Zealand's upcoming series against Bangladesh, Munro responded in defiant fashion to help the hosts post a commanding 212 for four wickets after the hosts were asked to bat first.

Munro, who was dropped twice, smashed five boundaries and as many sixes in the company of fellow opener Tim Seifert to lay the foundation for a big total.

Opener and man of the match Colin Munro said it was anybody's game with India needing 16 off the final over. 

"It was 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," said Munro. 

On his 72 off 40 balls, he added: "I 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." 

Tim Seifert - Man of the Series

Tim Seifert won the Man-of-the-series Seifert, whose big-hitting helped inflict an 80-run defeat on India in the opening match, made 43 off 25 balls before being dismissed. 

"Great to have a performance like that, but it's great to get a victory, particularly a last-minute one like that," said Seifert. 

"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," he added. 

'Disappointed' Rohit Sharma

India captain Rohit Sharma said his team will return home with lots of positives despite a "disappointing" 1-2 defeat in the three-match T20 series. 

India savoured a historic Test and ODI bilateral series win in Australia before recording their biggest ODI series win on New Zealand soil. 

A first-ever T20 series win would have been icing on the cake but the hosts held their nerves to pull off a thrilling four-run victory in third and final match of the series. 

"Disappointing to not cross the line but we fought well right till the end. 210 odd (213 target) was always going to be tough, but we were in it till the end. They held their nerve and kept hitting their yorkers," said Rohit at the post-match presentation. 

"Still lot of positives, we started well with the ODIs, wanted to do well here but the boys throughout the tour were excellent, put in a lot of hard work. They will be disappointed tonight but we've to learn from the mistakes we made and move ahead," he added. 

Confident Kane Williamson

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said his team will take a lot of confidence from the T20 triumph against India into the home series against Bangladesh. 

"Brilliant high-scoring game, a great advertisement for T20 cricket. The first performance was our best, there were learnings in the second game. Both teams put in strong performances tonight, we did slightly better," said Williamson.