The current series between India and New Zealand has become more interesting with two successive super-over with India win both. With this, they took a 4-0 lead in the five-match T20I series in Wellington on Friday.
While they required just 11 runs off the last two overs with seven wickets in hand, New Zealand failed to clear the rope and took the game to a Super Over two days after the same incident in Hamilton. New Zealand scored 13 runs in six balls and India chased down with ease. KL Rahul scored 10 runs off the first two balls before getting out. After that, Virat Kohli and Sanju Samson finished the game for the team.
Earlier, Manish Pandey proved his calibre with an unbeaten 50 off 35 balls. His knock took India to a decent competitive total of 165 for eight from 88 for six in the 12th over. Put in to bat, they were struggling in the middle. Apart from Pandey, Rahul scored 39 runs off 26 balls, including three sixes and two fours.
Leg spinner Ish Sodhi was the pick of the bowlers and his scalps included Shreyas Iyer (1) and then Shivam Dube (12). He finished with the figures of 3 for 26.
While chasing, Colin Munro (64 off 47) and Time Seifert (57 off 39) did pretty well. They stitched a 74-run partnership before Munro ran out. The young pacer Shardul Thakur impressed everyone with his spell where he gave away just six runs in the final over and restricted the Kiwis.
On the other hand, as India already won the series, they made some changes as Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar and Navdeep Saini came in place of Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Shami. Munro got out after scoring 64 off 47, including six fours and three sixes. His dismissal changed the game as New Zealand started losing wickets on regular intervals.
Although Yuzvendra Chahal bowled Tom Bruce for 0, Tim Seifert and Ross Taylor built another partnership and took the score past 150 in the 18th over. Seifert scored a half-century off only 32 balls, including four fours and three sixes. When they needed 18 off 18, the Kiwis lost four wickets in the last over bowled by Shardul Thakur.
With this, the game ended in a tie which eventually the Kiwis lost. However, they didn’t get the service of Kane Williamson who has ruled out due to a shoulder niggle. Tim Southee was the stand-in captain in his absence. Both the teams will play the fifth T20I on February 2.
Here is how Twitterati reacted after India’s win
— Mohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) January 31, 2020
— Jofra Archer (@JofraArcher) January 31, 2020
New Zealander: Tell me a short horror story.
Me: Super Over.#NZvIND
— Navneet Mundhra (@navneet_mundhra) January 31, 2020
— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) January 31, 2020
I'm beginning to think the boundary count was the less cruel way for NZ to end up losing the World Cup final. #NZvInd
— Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) January 31, 2020
These guys don’t like Finger nails. Incredible
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) January 31, 2020