Munro shrugged off a string of low scores and carted five boundaries and as many sixes in his 72 coming in just 40 deliveries.
If New Zealand blazed away to a whopping 212/4 after being put into bat in the three-match series decider against India at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday, which the tourists fell short by four runs, a lot of that credit needs to go to opener Colin Munro. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I: FULL SCORECARD)
The southpaw shrugged off a string of low scores and carted five boundaries and as many sixes in his 72 coming in just 40 deliveries. Munro averaged less than 20 in the previous four ODIs and two T20Is which was locked 1-1.
However, in the all important final, Munro and Tim Seifert, who cracked 43 off 25, the pair put on 80 for the first wicket. Colin de Grandhomme chipped in with a useful 16-ball 30 to ensure the hosts crossed the 200-run mark.
“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,” Munro, who won the Man of the Match award, said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (ALSO READ: ‘Kuldeep has been bowling well, but Ashwin is still the best’)
Chasing 213, India lost Shikhar Dhawan (5) early. Stand-in captain Rohit Sharma, who seemed to be in for the long haul and was involved in crucial partnerships with Rishabh Pant (28 off 12) and Vijay Shankar (43 off 28), met an untimely demise after adding 38 off 32.
“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,” Munro added.
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