The third T20 International between India and New Zealand turned out to be one of the best games in recent history. While batting first India posted a total 179 for the loss of 5 wickets at Seddon Park.
Chasing 180, the New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson played a swashbuckling knock of 95 to take his team to the winning target. But an extraordinary effort from Mohammad Shami in the last over, the game ended in a tie.
Going into the Super Over, the Kiwis scored 17 runs off Jasprit Bumrah’s over. When India came out to bat, the first four deliveries bowled by Tim Southee were right on the money but Rohit Sharma got the better off him in the last two balls and struck him for two consecutive sixes to claim their maiden T20 series win in New Zealand.
After the win, the Indian skipper took to Twitter and praised the team for their amazing performance and noted that this how a champion team win matches. He shared some snapshots from the game and captioned them, “That’s how we do it!! #NZvIND.”
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 29, 2020
At the post-match conference, even Rohit Sharma admitted that he was not at all ready for the super over and was caught off guard when it happened. He further stated that it took him a considerable amount of time to find his abdomen guard because everything till then was packed inside the bag.
“Everything was packed. All my stuff was inside my bag. I had to get it out. It literally took me five minutes to find my abdomen guard because I didn’t know where it was,” Rohit said.
He also revealed that the team already thought in its mind that the Kiwis are going to win this game for sure.
“I mean we never thought it would go to the Super Over, the way they were batting at one point. It looked like they could easily win the game,” added Rohit Sharma.
The fourth game is currently being played in Wellington. New Zealand won the toss and elected to field first. After some good cameos by KL Rahul and Virat Kohli, India’s middle-order crumbled once again. The Men in Blue lost four wickets in the span of 30 runs.
As of now, Manish Pandey and Shardul Thakur are stitching a much-needed partnership for team India to reach a modest total.