[caption id="attachment_658531" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-658531" alt="India won the New Zealand series 2-1 AFP" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/indnzafp3.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> India won the New Zealand series 2-1 AFP[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>The deciding T20I of the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/india" target="_blank">India</a>-<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/teams/new-zealand" target="_blank">New Zealand</a> three-match series was surely one of the most exciting matches played in recent times. Curtailed to 8 overs a side due to rain, the match went in India s favour in the very last over, entitling them as the winners of the series. However, the <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/kca" target="_blank">Kerala Cricket Association</a> (KCA) missed on a major ritual. Playing the national anthem of both sides before any game is a rule followed in all ICC matches barring any special instruction. But it was skipped during this particular match. <p></p> <p></p>"Yes, that was a mistake on our part," KCA secretary Jayesh George told Deccan Chronicles. "We were all there at the ground and in a hurry to start the match after rains. We forgot to play the national anthem. It's a serious lapse on our part and I apologise [to the nation]. It will never happen again." <p></p> <p></p>[link-to-post url="https://www.cricketcountry.com/articles/india-vs-new-zealand-t20is-report-card-for-team-india-658064"][/link-to-post] <p></p> <p></p>Controversial Indian pacer S Sreesanth is learnt to have been invited for the same match. However, it was confirmed by George that he did not attend. <p></p> <p></p>India won the T20I series 2-1. They had outwitted New Zealand in the ODIs also. India s next assignment is a full series against Sri Lanka at home before they head to South Africa.