Hamilton: Dinesh Karthik, Krunal Pandya fail to create history as New Zealand beat India by four runs in the third and final T20I at Seddon Park, Hamilton on Sunday.
New Zealand clinched a last-over thriller versus India to win the T20I series 2-1.
Rohit Sharma played a scratchy knock of 38 and Shikhar Shawan failed to get going.
However, Vijay Shankar (43 off 28), Rishabh Pant (28 off 12) and Hardik Pandya (21 off 11) kept the asking rate under control.
The blow to India came in form of MS Dhoni’s untimely dismissal. But Dinesh Karthik (33 off 16) and Krunal Pandya (26 off 13) notched up a breathtaking 63-run partnership which took India closer to victory.
Earlier, batting first, the hosts amassed a mammoth total of 212/4.
Colin Munro smashed 72 off just 40 deliveries with the other Kiwi batsmen chipping in with brisk knocks.
In reply, India kept up with the asking rate, till 15th over, but ultimately lost the plot.
New Zealand posted a total of 212/4 on Sunday, their second highest score against India in T20Is.
Their highest score against India is 219/6, which they had scripted in the first T20I of this series.
This is also the highest T20I score at Seddon Park, Hamilton.
Colin Munro now has the fourth-highest T20I sixes to his name (92). He went past Brendon McCullum (91).
New Zealand's opening batsmen put up a partnership of 80 runs today against India. Apart from Munro, Tim Seifert scored a 25-ball 43-run knock.
Hardik Pandya went on to concede the most number of runs by an Indian bowler in a bilateral T20I series. In this series, the all-rounder conceded 51, 36 and 44 to take his tally to 131 runs.