NZ vs IND 3rd T20 Review: Rohit Sharma hits 12 off the last 2 balls to earn India explosive super over win over New Zealand

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After an outlandish draw leading to a highly tensed tie breaker super over, the match finally goes to Team India as they trample New Zealand for the third consecutive time in the ongoing T20 series today at Seddon Park cricket ground. Commanding the team to victory from an astoundingly difficult position was none other than Rohit Sharma, who destroyed the opposition with two back to back sixes in the super over.

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After equalling India’s score of 179 in the second innings, New Zealand were the first to bat in the super over. Facing the superstar Jasprit Bumrah, Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill set a target of 18 for the visitors.

After a boundary from KL Rahul, the strike went to the talented Rohit Sharma. From a near impossible requirement of 10 runs off 2 balls, the swashbuckling opener sent Tim Southee’s last two deliveries away and beyond into the stands.

In the post match interview, Rohit Sharma revealed that it was the first time for him to bat in a super over.

“Never done that before. I didn’t know what to expect, whether to go from the first ball or wait for a while. I just wanted to stay still and then try my best. Good performance with the bat, disappointed at having thrown my wicket away though.” Sharma told reporters.

The 32 year old, who impressed in the first innings with a stormy 65 runs off 40 balls including six fours and three sixes, was selected the Man of the Match.

“I hadn’t got runs in the first two games, wanted to do well today. We knew we would win the series today if we win the match – in important games, the main players need to step up.” he added.

Check out Rohit Sharma’s double over boundary from the super over int he video below, courtesy of Twitter fan account @Im_Ro45FC.

Kane Williamson, who’s spectacular knock of 48-ball-95 ultimately fell short of victory for the Black Caps, lamented that the tie breakers have never proven to be lucky for them.

“Super overs haven’t been too successful for us. India showed their experience in the crunch situation. We bowled well after they got off to a superb start. Very disappointing.” the host skipper told reporters.

Losing his wicket to Mohammed Shami in the last over, the 29 year old fell just five runs shorter from his first ever T20 international century.

Williamson continued: “It was nice to spend some time in the middle. It was disappointing not to cross the finishing lines. It is a game of small margins. It was a much better performance from us.”

Eulogy came from Virat Kohli, not just for his brilliant vice captain but also for his bowlers.

“Rohit was superb for us. When Shami bowled those two dot balls, I thought we can go to super over. In the super over, Kane came out and smashed Bumrah who is one of best death over bowler in World Cricket.” the Men in Blues skipper said in the interview.

With a lead of 3-0 for India, the penultimate match of the series takes place this Friday at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

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