Another T20 match against New Zealand, another tie, another Super Over, and another win! Team India repeats Wednesay’s fixture again, as they have clinched victory in the fourth match of the New Zealand T20 series today at the Wellington Regional Stadium, with another blistering Super Over showdown!
With both teams tied at 165, the Kiwis totalled a score of 13 in the super over, which was a walk in the park for Team India’s superstar opener KL Rahul. Despite the hero of the last match Rohit Sharma getting benched, the new wicket keeper paired a four and a six to set the visitors for the win.
After New Zealand decided to field first. Rahul scored a stormy 26-ball-39 in the first innings, including thee boundaries and two over boundaries. Replacing Sharma to partner Rahul as opener, Sanju Samson disappointed after losing his wicket on just 8 runs.
However, the Men in Blues’ run stacked up thanks to Manish Pandey. Keeping his strike till the end, the 30 year old produced his third T20 international half century from 36 balls, with three fours.
The hosts found their confidence in Colin Munro and Tim Seifert in the second innings. Chasing the target of 166, Munro opened up with a stunning 64-off-47 with six fours and three sixes. The wicket keeper Seifert continued the chase with scoring 57 runs from 39 balls, including four boundaries and three over boundaries.
Unfortunately, both of the Kiwi run machines’ efforts were ultimately in vain, as the Kiwis batting lineup fell victim to a superb Shardul Thakur. In the nail biting final over, the 28 year old pacer picked up both the wickets of Ross Taylor and Daryl Mitchell, while Mitchell Santner was run out in the final ball of the second innings.
Tim Southee, who captained New Zealand today in absence of Kane Williamson, headed to bowl the super over against India. Despite getting Rahul’s wicket, the damage was already done and a final boundary of captain Kohli sealed India’s 4-0 domination in the series.
The skipper tweeted a post after the match, celebrating the superb victory along with some photos from the match.
— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) January 31, 2020
Back in November 2019, the Indian Women’s Cricket Team secured a 5-0 T20 series win against West Indies. With the final game of the series this Sunday, if Team India manages to retain their unbeaten run and clinches victory at the Bay Oval cricket ground, it will be a new milestone for the Men in Blue, as it will be the first 5-0 result of a T20 international series in the history of Men’s cricket.