At Hamilton, this is a kind of score you must be expecting, blame the size of the ground. Making the full use of the conditions, both the teams gave their best but unfortunately, there could be only one winner, and it had to be India.
Well, T20 is all about the moments and a single moment can change the entire course of the game and for India, it came from Mohammad Shami’s last over where he dismissed Kane Williamson who was going strong at 95 off 48.
It was an amazing innings from the Kiwi captain, something the team needed to stay alive in the series. However, the efforts were not enough as the team couldn’t score a single off the last ball and entered the super over.
New Zealand are used to this. They are used to facing the super overs. They have been here seven times out of 17 T20I super overs. Well, nothing hurts them more than the World Cup defeat though.
Coming back to this match, New Zealand made sure that Bumrah had a bad day at the office and they even destroyed him in the super over, taking the score to 17.
Needing 18 to win, India went in with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Both the cricketers looked great today with Rohit Sharma topping the scoreboard with brilliant 65 off 40. When Rohit was at the crease, India was looking for a 200+ score, however, after his dismissal, things went berserk as the team managed only 179. Both Rohit and Rahul knew what was ahead of them with Southee running to bowl the super over.
Rohit Sharma, however, struggled during the first two balls, almost lost his wicket as well. After giving the strike to Rahul, Rohit calmed himself. Rahul then smashed a boundary and gave the strike back to Rohit. This time, Rohit made sure to keep things simple and produced two excellent shots to take India home.
With this, India managed to grab their first T20I series against New Zealand.