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On Saturday, Ravi Shastri handed over India cap to Siraj, as the Hyderabad quick made his debut and replaced Ashish Nehra.

New Zealand opener Colin Munro, who nearly swung the decisive third and final ODI against India in Kanpur for his team, hammered a hundred in just 54 balls that included six fours and seven sixes in Rajkot on Saturday.

India lost regular wickets in their run chase, Kohli top-scoring with 65 one day prior to his birthday and MS Dhoni making 49.

Munro raised a 105-run partnership for the first wicket with Martin Guptill (45 off 41), setting the platform for a big total in their do-or-die match.

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Earlier, none of the Indian bowlers, barring Jasprit Bumrah in his first spell, could contain the rampaging Munro.

Munro, whose unbeaten 58-ball 109 fetched him the Man of the Match award, said the century was a reward for taking his chances.

Debutant paceman Mohammed Siraj gave away 53 runs in four overs but got his maiden worldwide wicket in skipper Kane Williamson for 12.

While Chahal improved as the game wore on, Patel only got worse and so expensive had been India's spinners that Kohli elected not to bowl them out. Kane Williamson joined in with Colin Munro who was unstoppable at the other end.

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Young Turk Shreyas Iyer, in only his second game for the country, started in an encouraging fashion by playing some excellent square of the wicket shots on the off-side for fours. The bowler was taken for 16 runs in the eighth over of the innings.

Chahal was brought on by Kohli in the fifth over of the batting power play and was welcomed to the crease with two huge sixes and a boundary by Guptill's bat.

New Zealand: C. Munro (not out) 109, K. Williamson c Sharma b Mohammed Siraj 12, T. Bruce (not out) 18. With the hosts reduced to 2-11 inside two overs, it would only take a Herculean effort to chase down 197.

The Auckland batsman never let up, though, and powered on to his hundred as New Zealand amassed 196-2 in their 20 overs.

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Bowling: Milne 4-0-30-0 (1w), Boult 4-0-34-4, Grandhomme 1-0-10-0, Santner 4-0-31-1, Sodhi 4-0-25-1, Munro 3-0-23-1.

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