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

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For the first wicket, the two risky batsmen added 80 runs in under 8 overs. In their allotted quota of 20 overs, New Zealand ended up scoring 212-4. He was removed by Kuldeep Yadav when he skied a ball to Hardik Pandya running in from long-on.

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.

Debutant Blair Tickner also impressed with 1/34 from his four overs, including the key wicket of Rishabh Pant for 28 (12), when India was threatening New Zealand's 212/4.

With India needing 68 runs off the last five overs, MS Dhoni tried clearing the boundary ropes but ended up holing one to Tim Southee.

Kane Williamson 27 (21) and Colin de Grandhomme 30 (16) kept the run-rate around 10 before Daryl Mitchell and Ross Taylor struck 19 (11) and 14 (7) respectively to cap the innings. He hit a six off the last ball but it was too late by then.

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Scott Kuggeleijn took the Black Caps' other wicket - his first of the series.

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.

It was also 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.

Having levelled the score 1-1 in Auckland, India will look to become the first team to seal a T20I series in New Zealand when they head into the third and final match at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday.

New Zealand handed India their worst defeat in the first T20I before the visitors bounced back with a clinical performance in the second game.

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