Jasprit Bumrah celebrates after taking the wicket of Daryl Mitchell (L) during the fifth T20 cricket at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday. AFP
For the third match in a row New Zealand seemed to be coasting to victory before India, led by Bumrah, dragged themselves back into the match and won in a gripping finish.
"The match got close at one point but we had the belief in ourselves that we could squeeze in one or two good overs and the match could get close," Bumrah said. "It was windy and we were trying to use the wind, use the longer side of the boundary and we had good communication out there."
India made 163-3 batting first, a moderate total in good batting conditions, and New Zealand was 116-3 in the 13th over before it again self-destructed and lost six wickets for 40 runs to finish 156-9 after 20 overs.
The third and fourth matches were also New Zealand's to win before India forced them into Super Overs then snatched victory in the tie-breakers.
New Zealand seemed even more well-placed to win on Sunday when Ross Taylor and Tim Seifert made half centuries in a 99-run partnership for the fourth wicket to put the home team in a commanding position.
New Zealand needed 24 off the last two overs and 20 from the last, far beyond the abilities of its tail-enders.
Ish Sodhi hit two sixes in the final over, bowled by Shadul Thakur, but New Zealand couldn't reach its winning target.
The teams now meet in three one-day internationals starting on Wednesday and two Test matches.
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KL Rahul’s fifty coupled with tight bowling, led India to a facile seven-wicket victory against New Zealand in the second Twenty 20 match to take a 2-0 series lead on Sunday.
New Zealand, batting first in the decider, made 13 with Tim Seifert dropped twice before he was eventually dismissed. In reply, Indian captain Virat Kohli hit the winning runs with a ball to spare.
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“To all my friends in Dubai and the UAE, this is a really difficult moment and we need to take care of us and others as well,” said Figo.
“It was a great relief to see him deliver last start after the trouble he’d encountered at his previous two,” said trainer James Cummings.
The Premier League has been postponed until at least April 30 because of the pandemic and it is feared the season will be delayed again when English football’s stakeholders meet to discuss the crisis on Friday.