New Zealand fail to hold nerves in another Super Over, Rahul & Pandey the stars for India
Would you believe it? Another super over and another New Zealand implosion. Cricket is as much a game of nerves as it is of skill and the Kiwis have failed to hold on to the former time and again.
India 165-8 (20 Overs; Manish Pandey50(36), Rahul(wk)39(26); Ish Sodhi3/26, Bennett2/41)
New Zealand 165-7 (20 Overs; Munro64(47), Seifert(wk)57(39); SN Thakur2/33, Bumrah1/20)
Result - India win via super over, again!
This was almost a repeat of the last T20I at Hamilton. New Zealand won the toss and put India to bat first. India huffed and puffed their way to a decent total. The Indian bowlers did not give up and kept applying the pressure. The New Zealanders choked in turn. The match was tied. It went into the super over and the nerves got the better of the home sitde.
KL Rahul was good for India again, scoring 39 off 26 deliveries. Following four-five quick wickets through the middle, Manish Pandey took on the responsibility and scored an unbeaten half-century off just 36 deliveries.
Courtesy of contributions from Shardul Thakur and Navdeep Saini, India posted a decent 165-run total on the board. Hamish Bennett and Ish Sodhi were among the wickets for New Zealand.
After a healthy 2nd wicket partnership between Colin Munro and Tim Seifert, it was New Zealand's game to lose with 7 required off the last over. However, as many as four wickets in the final over meant that the match was tied.
New Zealand, represented by Colin Munro and Tim Seifert, scored 13 runs in the super over. But, owing to Rahul and Kohli heroics, India got over the line once again to go 4-0 up in the series.
New Zealand - Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Tom Bruce, Ross Taylor, Tim Seifert, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Hamish Bennett
India - Sanju Samson, Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Navdeep Saini
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