While chasing the 253-run target set by India, New Zealand batsmen squandered their starts but the home team remained in the contest until Jimmy Neesham (44 off 32) was dismissed in the 37th over.
The visitors outclassed the Black Caps 4-1 in the ODI series and will be looking to wrap up the T20I series to end the season on a winning note.
After the remarkable victory in ODI series, India will look to bag the maiden T20 series as well. There aren't too many global matches left before the World Cup in June; apart from the three T20Is now, India have only two more T20Is and five ODIs against Australia at home. They drew the T20 series in Australia after losing the first game; they could have won it had rain not played spoilsport in the second game.
Meanwhile, New Zealand will be missing one of the prolific scorers in T20Is, Martin Guptill as the opener has been ruled out of the upcoming series with an injury.
Martin Guptill was on Monday ruled out of the New Zealand side for the Twenty20 worldwide series against India after failing to recover from a back injury.
Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 Hindi and DD Sports will televise NZ v IND 1st T20I in India, and the coverage will start at 12:00 PM IST.
The 29-year-old left-armer, who swung the ball prodigiously to claim five for 21 and helped New Zealand to a win in the fourth match, has moved up seven places to grab third position. Tim Seifert will be donning the wicket-keeping gloves in the Kane Williamson led side. Neesham is an impact player to have in your Fantasy Cricket team and may get you a lot of points.
It wouldn't be wrong to say that India will include the three-match series as part of their curriculum for ICC Cricket World Cup 2019's preparations.