KXIP vs KKR Live Score

The Kiwi batsmen completed the first run quickly and dashed off for the second.

India openers Rohit Sharma (50 off 29) and Shikhar Dhawan (30 off 31) broke the back of the chase with a stand of 79 and the tourists coasted home with seven balls to spare to make Sunday's final fixture a decider. They lost all the three T20Is which they played before in the Kiwi land.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni watched from the 22 yards distance as his heir apparent Rishabh Pant showed spunk in a tricky situation, guiding India to its maiden T20 worldwide victory on New Zealand soil here Friday. Pant hit four boundaries and a six in all.

Krunal Pandya who claimed three New Zealand's wickets was declared Player of the Match.

It was the kind of day when nothing went right for India who let New Zealand amass 219 before surrendering meekly in the steep chase.

The unsafe opening duo of Colin Munro and Seifert put the Indian pacers under tremendous pressure early on in the innings and dismissing them cheaply will be crucial for the visitors' chances.

Mitchell seemed to have missed the ball while trying to work it on the leg side.

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Replays soon showed a white blot on HotSpot as the ball passed the bat, suggesting an inside edge.

In the end, young wicketkeeper-batsman Pant was unbeaten on 40 with Dhoni not out on 20.

That double-wicket over from Krunal was followed by a third in second, as Williamson swept a ball that stayed low and was ruled lbw. It was dead in front of the stumps, so there was no need to review. New Zealand were batting first and did not get the start that they would have expected. With a harried two, de Grandhomme raised his maiden T20I fifty off 27 balls with a harried two and drove the next ball from Hardik straight into cover's lap.

Ross Taylor was forced to run singles as the hit-me balls dried up and de Grandhomme was also slowed down.

Bhuvneshwar returned to concede seven runs in the 17th over, Hardik gave nine in his last to end with 1/36 from four and Bhuvneshwar hit accurate areas in the penultimate over which cost eight.

Colin de Grandhomme, who has played for KKR in the IPL, then counter-attacked, scoring a blistering 50 off 28 balls, adding 77 runs with Ross Taylor (42, 36b) for the fifth wicket.

But the hosts have been plagued by inconsistencies and that is something which will surely hurt the team which takes a lot of pride in playing some high quality cricket.


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