Rohit Sharma, who looked to be set for a long haul, departed to Daryl Mitchell for 38. @ Twitter/ICC

India’s long tour of the southern hemisphere came ended in disappointment after they fell short by four runs in the three-match Twenty20 Internationals series decider against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. (India vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I: FULL SCORECARD)

India began their tour first in Australia on November 21 at the Gabba in Brisbane. They tied the three T20Is 1-1, won the Test 2-1 and ODIs 2-1 before hopping on to New Zealand to win the ODI series 4-1.

In the series decider, India wet set a dauting 213-run target that came on the back of a blistering knock by Colin Munro, who smashed 72 off 40, which included five boundaries and as many sixes. (ALSO READ: Tried to put pressure back on the bowlers: Colin Munro)

India wobbled in their run chase. They lost Shikhar Dhawan early for just 1 which was going to hurt them. Captain Rohit Sharma, who looked to be set for a long haul, departed to Daryl Mitchell for 38. Courtesy Rishabh Pant (28 off 12) and Vijay Shankar (43 off 28), India were in it right till the end, specially after Krunal Pandya and Dinesh Karthik clubbed 18 off the 18th over and 14 off the 19th over to bring it down to 16 off the final six deliveries. However, it was not meant to be India’s day and Rohit recognised that fact.

“Pretty disappointing to not get to the finishing line. 210-odd was always going to be tough, and we were in the game right till the end, but New Zealand held their nerve well and they deserved to win. We started off well in the ODIs, and the boys will be disappointed not getting to the finishing line in the T20s,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony. (ALSO READ: ‘Kuldeep has been bowling well, but Ashwin is still the best’)

India head home and gear up to face the touring Australian side in two T20Is and five ODIs which begins with the first T20I on February 24 at Visakhapatnam. The five-match ODI series gets underway from March 2 at Hyderabad.

“Lots of positives, and a few mistakes, so there’s a lot of material to move ahead. It would have been nice to win the series and go home and play Australia, but unfortunately, we couldn’t do that,” Rohit said.