New Zealand and Super Overs: An Exciting but One-sided Affair
"Super Overs haven't been too good for us," Kane Williamson might have said this in jest after another narrow loss at Hamilton, but the quip is not without substance.
If you think that New Zealand's tryst with the unceremonious Super Overs began in the 2019 ODI World Cup, you are mistaken. The unpleasant association between the two started shortly after the Super Over came into being.
The Super Over or the one-over Eliminator was first introduced in 2008 and replaced the previously used bowl-out. New Zealand's experience with the ball-out wasn't great either as the team, after tying in Auckland in 2006, lost the bowl out 3-0 to West Indies.
Since the introduction of the Super Over, New Zealand have been part of 7 such affairs, the most by any international side and have lost 6 of them while winning just one. The streak that began shortly after has continued. The latest addition to the list is their defeat in the 3rd T20I against India at Hamilton.
The list of Kiwi heartbreaks in the Super Overs looks like this:
December 2008 - New Zealand lose Super Over to West Indies in Auckland
New Zealand (155-7 in 20 Ovs) v West Indies (155-8 in 20 Ovs). West Indies (25-1) win Super Over v New Zealand (15-2)
February 2008 - New Zealand win Super Over v Australia in Christchurch
New Zealand (214-6 in 20 Ovs) v Australia (214-4 in 20 Ovs). New Zealand (9-0) win Super Over v Australia (6-1)
September 2012 - New Zealand lose Super Over to Sri Lanka at T20 World Cup
New Zealand (174-7 in 20 Ovs) v Sri Lanka (174-6 in 20 Ovs). Sri Lanka (13-1) win Super Over v New Zealand (7-1)
October 2012 - New Zealand lose Super Over to West Indies at T20 World Cup
West Indies (139-all out in 19.3 Ovs) v New Zealand (139-7 in 20 Ovs). West Indies (19-0) win Super Over v New Zealand (17-0)
November 2019 - New Zealand lose Super Over to England in Auckland
New Zealand (146-5 in 11 Ovs) v England (146-7 in 11 Ovs). England (17-0) win Super Over v New Zealand (8-1)
July 2019 - New Zealand lose 2019 World Cup final to England in London
New Zealand (241-8 in 50 Ovs) v England (241-all out in 50 Ovs). New Zealand (15-1) lost to England (15-1) via now-defunct boundary count rule.
January 2020 - New Zealand lose Super Over to India in Hamilton
India (179-5 in 20 Ovs) v New Zealand (179-6 in 20 Ovs). India (20-0) win Super Over v New Zealand (17-0).
"Super Overs haven't been too good for us, so we probably need to try and do better in regular time. It was a much better performance all round. We fought back well with the ball after their start. Pretty disappointing, losing after an effort like that, but it's a game of small margins," Kane Williamson said at the post-match presentation.
Williamson hasn't won even a single Super Over since taking over the New Zealand captaincy. Even the Kiwi skipper, one of the most level-headed people in the cricketing fraternity, found it hard to conceal his hurt after multiple failed attempts at the decider.
New Zealand can only hope that the next time they lose in a Super Over, it is not a Word Cup final. Because going by the trend, lose they will.
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