In a rain-reduced 20-over thriller New Zealand sent in to bat posted a modest 116/8. In reply India got off to a disastrous start before Ravinder Jadeja (48) and Pinal Shah (22) forged a fighting 48-run stand to keep their side afloat. India faltered at doorstep, having failed to muster the required four runs off the last ball. Last man Pankaj Singh was bowled by Brandon Hill as Kiwis set up title clash with the hosts Australian Institute of Sports (AIS).
Earlier, Indian skipper Badrinath won the toss and sent New Zealand in to bat in the trying conditions.
Rain interrupted play regularly and New Zealand finished their innings at 116/8 from the 20 overs. Guptill (24) and Watling (23) were the only batsmen to feature in their side's patchy innings
Dhawal Kulkarni bowled a tidy spell for his 3/14 from four overs. Dhawal ran thro the top-order which had the Kiwis in all sorts of bother. Left-arm spinner Ravinder Jadeja claimed 2/32. Gony, Pankaj and Nayar took a wicket apiece.
In reply, India"s top-order went cheaply as Brent Arnel ran through the line-up on his way to taking a remarkable 3-7 from fours overs, which included two maidens.
Seamer Arnel's fiery first spell left India in shatters at 3/22. India lost three more wickets in quick succession as they slumped to sorry 6/45. Jadeja and Pinal Shah resurrected the Indian innings with a quickfire 48-run stand. However, Jadeja was run out by Bradley Scott and the tail folded with the score on 110.
In the other match played at Albury Oval here on Wednesday, the hosts AIS beat South Africa by 32 runs in a rain-truncated game.
AIS opener David Warner belted an unbeaten 119 while his partner Theo Doropoulos made a strokeful 65. The duo shared a rapidfire 125 runs as AIS totalled a massive 208/1 in 25 overs. In reply South Africa managed to post 166/8 in 20.4 overs before rain stopped the play.
However the application of D/L method meant SA was 32 runs short of victory mark. Spinner Steve O'Keefe snared 3/19 for AIS while Hastings took 2/40.
New Zealand 116/8 in 20 overs (M Guptill 24, Watling 23; Dhawal Kulkarni 3/14, Ravinder Jadeja 2/32) beat India 110 all out in 20 (Jadeja 42, Pinal Shah 22; Brent Arnel 3/7, Boult 2/23, Hiini 2/29, Bradley Scott 1/5) by six runs.
Australian Institute of Sports 208/1 in 25 overs (David Warner 119 n o, Theo Doropoulos 65; Abdullah 1/27) beat South Africa 166/8 in 20.4 overs (Imran Khan 30, Daryn Smits 33, Davids 23; Steve O'Keefe 3/19, Hastings 2/40, Usman Khawaja 1/27) by 32 runs (D/L Method).