Blackcaps v India: Monumental batting collapse hands India 5-0 series whitewash

Another monumental batting collapse has cost the Blackcaps the final T20 against India at Bay Oval. 

Needing just 48 runs off 45 balls with seven wickets in hand, the hosts looked like cruising to their first win of the series. 

But when Tim Seifert chipped a ball straight to Sanju Samson, a collapse saw the Blackcaps score 156/9 after 20 overs, falling seven runs short. 

Ross Taylor top-scored for the hosts in his milestone 100th T20 match, scoring 53 off 47 balls. 

Seifert partnered Taylor in a 99-run partnership, which looked likely to give the Blackcaps their first win of the year.

The 5/17 collapse handed the Blackcaps another disappointing loss, their seventh straight in the T20 format. 

Tim Seifert celebrates his half-century against India
Tim Seifert celebrates his half-century against India.

After losing the toss and being put into the field, the hosts made an immediate breakthrough, as Sanju Samson (2) middled one straight to Santner in the covers.

KL Rahul (45) and Rohit Sharma did what they've been doing all series, taking to the Kiwi bowlers, with captain Tim Southee feeling the brunt of their attack, conceding 52 off his four overs. 

But Sharma limped off the pitch on 60, retiring hurt with a leg injury, and didn't return, with Rahul captaining the side for the second innings. 

Shreyas Iyer (33 not out) helped the visitors through to 163/3 off their 20 overs, a total that proved enough.

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