India completed another Super Over win over New Zealand, who once again failed to cross the line in a crunch situation. Needing seven off the last over, New Zealand lost four wickets in the final over to take the match into a Super Over.
Here Is The Playing XI :
India Playing XI: Sanju Samson, KL Rahul (wk), Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini.
New Zealand Playing XI : Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee (c), Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett.
Colin Munro and Tim Seifert guided New Zealand to 13 for one from their six deliveries. Chasing 14 for the win, KL Rahul smashed the first ball over square-leg for a six and the next ball behind square for a four.
Southee got Rahul but it was too late as Virat Kohli finished the game with a ball to spare with a boundary. With the win, India lead the five-match series, 4-0. Earlier, both India and New Zealand manage to score 165 runs from their allotted 20 overs.
Another Super Over, another heartbreak for New Zealand!
India sealed a 4-0 lead in the ongoing 5-match T20I series with their 2nd successive Super Over win against New Zealand. After the match ended in a tie with both the teams finishing with 165 runs in 20 overs, India gunned down a 14-run target in the Super Over to inflict another heartbreak on the hosts in Wellington.
There was plenty of drama on Friday in Wellington as Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur did what Mohammed Shami did in Christchurch 2 days ago to force the 2nd successive Super Over in the ongoing T20I series.
New Zealand just needed 11 runs in the last 2 overs as they were looking set to seal a comfortable win, chasing 166 in the 4th T20I.
However, Saini came up with a top-class penultimate over, conceding just 4 runs and putting pressure on New Zealand who have made it a habit to choke in high-pressure situations.
With just 7 runs needed to seal the consolation win in the final over, the responsibility of bowling the last over was handed to Shardul Thakur as Jasprit Bumrah had already completed his quota of 4 overs.
Munro, Seifert hit form for New Zealand
Having already sealed the series 3-0, India made an array of changes to their playing XI as they rested Rohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja while New Zealand were without their captain Kane Williamson who was out with a shoulder strain.
Chasing 166, Colin Munro shook off poor form and set New Zealand a strong platform, smashing 64 from just 47 deliveries. The left-handed opener who was struggling to get going in the 1st 3 matches of the series hit 6 boundaries and 3 sixes as he took the attack to India pacers in the powerplay.
Jasprit Bumrah, who was tonked for plenty, came back with a top spell in the powerplay, conceding just 4 runs and picking up the wicket of Martin Guptill but it wasn’t enough to tie down the New Zealand duo of Munro and Tim Seifert.
Having sealed an opportunity to bat higher up the order, wicketkeeper-batsman Seifert shone with the bat as he led New Zealand’s charge after Virat Kohli completed a stunning run out of Munro to bring India back into the game.
Manish Pandey proves his worth in the middle-order
Earlier in the day, India got off to a poor start with Sanju Samson throwing his wicket away as early as the 2nd over of the match. Samson, who replaced the rested Rohit Sharma, flaunted his natural talent by hitting Scott Kuggeljin for a six into the mid-wicket stands. However, he perished while trying to clear the Sky Stadium boundary in the same over.
KL Rahul carried on his fine run with the bat as he helped India race to 48 inside the 5th over before they lost Virat Kohli. The India captain was just warming up after hitting Hamish Bennett to a couple of boundaries in the 5th over but the New Zealand bowler got the big wicket with a slower ball.
Left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner, apart from finishing with figures of 1/26, was electric in the field as he took two stunning catches to send back Samson and Kohli.
India kept losing wickets at regular intervals as Shreyas Iyer (1) and Shivam Dube (12) failed to get going, putting pressure on KL Rahul. Rahul, who was looking set for another fifty, missed out on the opportunity after hitting a half-tracker from Ish Sodhi straight into the hands of deep mid-wicket fielder in Santner.
India win in Super Over to take 4-0 lead
After final over drama in New Zealand innings with 4 wickets falling in the over and scores being tied, a second consecutive Super Over was enforced. New Zealand set 14 run target for India in the Super Over and India, with the help of KL Rahul and Virat Kohli won it with one ball remaining.
SUPER OVER: India need 14 to win
Ball 1: Bumrah to Seifert, 2 runs. Shreyas Iyer comes running in from the mid-wicket but could not take it. DROPPEd
Ball 2. Bumrah to Seifert, Boundary
Ball 3: Bumrah to Seifert, 2 runs. Seifert goes for the pull shot but gets a top edge. KL Rahul run back to collect it, gets his hands to it but could not hold on to it.
Ball 4: Bumrah to Seifert, OUT. Seifert tries to launch it again but misses, again as Washington Sundar at the deep takes the catch.
Ball 5: Bumrah to Munro, FOUR to deep backward point
Ball 6: Bumrah to Munro, 1 run.
KL Rahul and Virat Kohli to bat in Super Over
KL Rahul and Virat Kohli come out to bat in the Super Over with the former on strike. Tim Southee will be bowling the Super Over.
Ball 1: Southee to Rahul, SIX. India need 8 runs to win
Ball 2: Southee to Rahul, FOUR. India need 4 to win off 4 balls
Ball 3: Southee to Rahul, OUT. 4 to win off 3. Sanju Samson the new man in.
Ball 4: Southee to Kohli, 2 runs
Ball 5: Southee to Kohli, FOUR. India win in another Super Over to take 4-0 lead in the series.
Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says he has learned to stay calm when the opposition is playing well and just wait for an opportunity. Further adds there couldn’t have been more exciting games than the last two and that is exactly what the fans want. Mentions he had not played a Super Over till now but he has now played two. States they were down and out and they coming back shows the character of the team. Informs they initially decided to send Samson but Rahul and him had a chat and then he decided to walk out as his experience could come into play. Says Samson was fearless, he did not read the pitch that well, he went for another biggie despite getting one but that is how he plays and that is how he should continue. Ends by saying he is very proud of how his team played and how they managed to pull things back.
New Zealand skipper, Tim Southee, says it is a very tough loss, especially after the position they were in but they gave it away with their own hands. States the manner they have lost in is bad, they made it tough on themselves by giving India a sniff and that is something they can’t do against such good opponents.
Highlights: Another Super Over Win For India Against New Zealand
- India hand New Zealand 2nd successive Super Over defeat in 3 days.
- India have sealed a 4-0 lead with the final T20I set to be played on Sunday.
- Virat Kohli and KL Rahul shone in the Super Over for India.