After a furious onslaught of boundary-hitting display, India defeated New Zealand in a see-saw thrilling contest at the Seddon Park in Hamilton. New Zealand once again found themselves in a ‘Super Over’ situation after Mohammed Shami restricted Black Caps to 179-6. India’s win now enables them to an unassailable 3-0 lead in the 5-match T20I series.
Earlier, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and opted to field first. India, riding on Rohit Sharma’s sparkling 40-ball 65, scored 179-5 from their allotted 20 overs. Hamish Bennett took 3 wickets in an expensive spell of 3-54 from 4 overs. Indian captain Virat Kohli also anchored majority of the Indian innings by scoring 38 from 27 balls.
Kane Williamson played a lone hand in New Zealand’s run-chase, top-scoring with 95 from just 48 balls. The right-hander kept the required rate under check for the majority of the innings. With 9 runs required from the last over, both Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor perished to Mohammed Shami to end the game in a thrilling tie.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled to Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill in a one-over tie-breaker challenge. Williamson led the onslaught with a six and a boundary before Guptill himself finished off with another four towards midwicket. New Zealand finished at 17-0.
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul arrived to the crease with an uphill task ahead. New Zealand Tim Southee hit the block-hole twice in the first two deliveries to hold India back at just 3-0. However, Rohit Sharma slammed back-to-back sixes when 10 runs were required from the last 2 balls to pull off an unlikely victory.