New Zealand team is surely cursed when it comes to super overs. The team lost pretty hard when Rohit Sharma hit 2 consecutive sixes in the last two balls in the 3rd T20 against India. Today’s match too was a nailbiter till the last ball.
India’s struggle in the first inning
The Indian batting line up struggled a lot in the first inning. In the absence of Rohit Sharma, Sanju Samson came to open along with in-form KL Rahul. Samson got out pretty early (8 of 5). After skipper Virat Kohli’s dismissal, wickets fell down in a cluster. New Zealand bowlers did not allow Indian batsmen to flourish a partnership. Rahul scored 39 of 26 balls while Manish Pandey was the one who led India to 150+ score. Shardul Thakur chipped in 20 in 15 balls. In the end, it was Pandey and Navdeep Saini who stood the ground, Pandey scored his 3rd half-century in T20 cricket (50* in 36 balls) while Saini hit 11* of 9 balls.
Seifert and Munro swing the bat
New Zealand had a good start as Colin Munro and Tim Seifert 64 and 57 respectively. It is surprising that the last four wickets fell in the 20th over. Ross Taylor and Daryll Mitchell were caught out while Mitchell Santner and Scot Kuggeleijn were run out. The last over by Shardul Thakur took the game to the super over as the match tied with New Zealand standing at 165/7.
Special appreciation for KL Rahul as he took one catch and was responsible for three crucial run-outs. Shardul Thakur took 2 wickets both Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal took one wicket each.
The jinxed super over
The super over for New Zealand went as follows: 2 4 2 W 4 1
Seifert and Munro came down to bat. Bumrah bowled very well and there were a couple of chances to dismiss Seifert but both were missed as a catch was dropped on the very first ball of the over while Rahul ruffled with another catch on the third ball.
India had to score 14 runs in order to win.
The Indian super over went on like 6 4 W 2 4
The Indian super over had a great start as KL Rahul hit the first ball for six and next ball for a four. He got out on the next ball while Virat Kohli hit a four to end the super over.
India won the super over and now leads the series with 4-0. Shardul Thakur won the player of the match for his two wickets and 20(15) runs.