Rohit Sharma helps India win 1st-ever T20I series in NZ. Rohit Sharma returned after hitting a fifty to retreat New Zealand again in the Super Over when he smashed 2 sixes off the last 2 balls to help India hunt down the stiff target of 18 runs. This was after Kane Williamson’s 95 in the proper match, combined with Martin Guptill to set India the tough target. But India’s hopes of winning their maiden T20I series in New Zealand on Wednesday seemed to have gone up in smoke before Mohammed Shami defended 9 runs in the 20th over of the hosts’ chase picking up the key wickets of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor.
In the third T20 International of five-match series, New Zealand’s captain Kane Williamson won the toss and asked India to bat first at Seddon Park, Hamilton today. India has made no changes in its playing 11, while New Zealand has replaced pacer Blair Tickner with Scott Kuggeleijn.
India Playing XI : Rohit Sharma, K L Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah.
New Zealand Playing XI : Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Scott Kuggeleijn, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
INDIA BEAT NEW ZEALAND IN SUPER OVER, WIN SERIES
India defeated New Zealand in the third T20 International via Super Over to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on Wednesday. India posted a competitive 179 for five at Seddon Park after being sent into bat. Opener Rohit Sharma top scored for India with a 65-run knock while skipper Virat Kohli contributed 38 runs in team’s total.
Later, skipper Kane Williamson smashed a 48-ball 95 but New Zealand loosed momentum in the final over to take the match into the Super Over. Needing nine runs of the last over, New Zealand lost Williamson and Ross Taylor to finish at 179 for six and tie the match.
In the Super Over, New Zealand scored 17, a target which India overwhelmed in the final ball with Rohit smashing Tim Southee for two consecutive sixes. The fourth T20 International between the two sides will be played on Friday in Wellington.
Sent in to bat first, India got off to a blistering start, with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul putting on an 89-run stand before the latter fell for 27 to Colin de Grandhomme.
New Zealand pacer Hamish Bennett then swung the momentum New Zealand’s way when he dismissed Rohit Sharma and Shivam Dube in the 11th over.
Rohit, who was batting on 65 off 39 at the time, was looking ominous and his wicket stopped India’s march. Skipper Virat Kohli and the in-form Shreyas Iyer then started to rebuild for India, putting on a 46-run partnership. But Mitchell Santner ended their stand, getting Iyer stumped.
Two overs later, Kohli was gone for 38, leaving it to Jadeja and Manish Pandey to see India home. The duo made 18 off the last over to take India to 179, finishing off on a high.
Chasing 180, Williamson led from the front, batting on as wickets fell around him. The New Zealand skipper hit eight fours and four sixes in his innings of 95 off 48 deliveries before losing his wicket in the final over with two runs needed off three balls. Mohammed Shami then bowled beautifully to deny New Zealand a run off the last ball, taking the match to the Super Over.
Chasing 180, New Zealand needed 20 off the final 2 overs and 9 off the last over but Mohammed Shami’s heroics meant the match went to a Super Over. Shami removed Kane Williamson for 95 and with 1 needed off the last ball of the match, cleaned up Ross Taylor.
Williamson and Martin Guptill came out to face Jasprit Bumrah in the Super Over. In superb form, Williamson followed up his 95 with a six and a four as New Zealand finished with 17 off their Super Over.
The pitch in Hamilton was slowish and India would probably rue the way their innings unfolded after a strong start by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul but nothing could take away a class act by Williamson who led from the front even as some of his power-hitters disappointed.
New Zealand needed a strong start with the bat and that came from Martin Guptill who was not even scared to try out a cheeky shot against Jasprit Bumrah. However, his luck ran out when he fell to an ordinary delivery from Shardul Thakur.
Ravindra Jadeja, who was brilliant with the ball in Auckland on Sunday, struck in his first over for the third time in the series – this time he removed the dangerous Colin Munro, Guptill’s opening partner. Bogged down by dot balls, Munro played a poor shot and paid the price.
The onus thereafter was on New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson and Mitchell Santner who was promoted to No.4. In fact, Santner had a lucky escape when Ravindra Jadeja dropped a tough chance in Jasprit Bumrah’s second over.
But Santner did not last long enough to make an impact. He was done in by Yuzvendra Chahal who deceived him with a slow leg-break. Colin de Grandhomme, who was sent in ahead of Ross Taylor, did not look in great touch and eventually fell to Shardul Thakur for a 12-ball 5.
In between those two deliveries, however, Kane Williamson played some sensational shots to take New Zealand close to the 180-run target. Williamson really broke the shackles with two sixes off Ravindra Jadeja’s final over. For 3 overs before that, Jadeja had conceded only 9 but there was no room for New Zealand to play safe against any Indian bowler.
Highest score for Kane Williamson in T20Is
- 85*vs India, Hamilton 2020
- 73*vs Bangladesh, Napier 2017
- 72*vs Pakistan, Hamilton 2016
- 72 vs England Wellington 2018
Virat Kohli: Unbelievable. At one stage, I thought we were gone and out. He was brilliant. Feel bad for him, these kind of knocks when they don’t go through. Shami again showed his experience. Last ball we had a discussion we have to try and hit the stumps. He got the wicket, and the game turned. I think Rohit was outstanding today, the first half and the last two balls. We knew if he gets one hit, the bowler’s under pressure. I thought we were gone at one stage. But in the Super Over, the discussion was around, “New Zealand must be feeling the pressure.” It was such a see-saw game, we didn’t really know what to do of it. We’ll try to definitely, but it’s important to give some game time to the guys who haven’t got a chance so far. We’ll see how that works, but the idea is to win the remaining games.
Kane Williamson, NZ captain: Super overs haven’t been too successfull for us. We probably need to better in regular time. Great game of cricket. India showed experience in those crunch moments. We bowled well after they got off to a superb start. Pretty disappointing. We must take a lot of from this.You still want to be on the right side of the result. Game of small margins. Throughout these three matches you have seen India stand up during those crunch moments. Eden Park wasn’t so bad. We spoke of getting those 10-15 runs more.
Rohit Sharma is the Player of the Match for his 65 and his Super Over heroics! Rohit Sharma: Never done that before, so I didnt know what to expect, whether to go from the first ball or to take a single. I just wanted to stay still and was waiting for the bowlers to make a mistake. The pitch was good, and I was just waiting for a mistake. Little disappointed with the way I got out, should’ve stayed back a little longer. We knew if we won this game, we’ll will the series, so it was important for three-four members of our squad to step up when it mattered.
- Jasprit Bumrah to New Zealand : 1, 1, 6, 4, 1 BYE, 4 = 17 Runs
- Tim Southee to India : 2, 1, 4, 1, 6, 6 = 20 Runs
Highlights: India Win 1st- ever T20I Series In New Zealand
- With the thrilling Super Over victory, India claimed their maiden T20 series win in New Zealand.
- Match headed into Super Over after New Zealand were stopped at 179/6 in their 20 overs.
- A destructive 65 by Rohit Sharma laid the platform for India to reach 179/5 batting first.