New Zealand vs India, 3rd T20I

    India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020 | 3rd T20I | Wednesday 29th January | 07:00
     Match Ended
    New Zealand
    & 17/0 (1.0) RR:17
    & 20/0 (1.0) RR:20
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    • IndiaIND
    • New ZealandNZ
    • New Zealand Super OverNZ Super Over
    • India Super OverIND Super Over

    That is it from this superb game of cricket. We all need a breather after this game but the action from the T20I series is not over. Join us for the 4th T20I of the series on Friday, 31st January. That game will begin at 2000 local (0700 GMT). Hope to see you for that one. Till then, cheers!

    Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper, says that it is an unbelievable game and they looked down and out. Credits Williamson for a wonderful knock and is sad for him not crossing the line. States that Shami showed all his experience and got the game back for us. Praises Rohit as he states that he gave us a good start and got us over the line. Shami bowled two pressure balls and delivered. States that they have to stay calm and that is what they did when New Zealand scored 17 in the Super Over. Finishes by saying that Saini and Sundar are waiting in the wings but the idea is to win the remaining two games.

    Kane Williamson, the New Zealand skipper, says that they have been involved in Super Overs and they don't have a good record. Adds that it was a much better performance than last time. Further says he is happy with how they came back with the ball in the first innings. Goes on to say that it feels good to spend time out in the middle and build partnerships. Adds he is disappointed with not getting over the line. States that overall it was a better performance. Williamson goes on to say that they wanted to concede 15 or 20 runs lesser but it did not happen.

    For his heroics in the Super Over and his smacking 68 in the first innings, Rohit Sharma has been named the Man of the Match. Rohit says that he has never done that before and he was waiting for the bowlers to make a mistake in the Super Over. Goes to say that it was a good performance but was disappointed with the way he got out in the first innings. Adds that it is important for the senior members to step up as if they had won the match, they would have won the series.

    Earlier in the day, India after a rollicking start failed to get to 200 and scored 179 from their 20 overs courtesy of a brisk 68 from Rohit Sharma. After the tourists lost the plot in the middle of their innings, cameos from Kohli, Jadeja and Manish Pandey took them to a very good total of 179. Hamish Bennett made strong comeback with the ball after going for 40 in his first two overs. He managed to finish with three wickets.

    Then it was time for the Super Over! Just like Shami in the final over of the regulation game, many expected Bumrah to bounce back and change the kind of day he was having. But that did not come and Williamson once again got the better of the pacer. He along with Guptill managed to score 17 off the Super Over. Now it looked like New Zealand have taken the long route but will get the win and end their duck for the series but the fight between New Zealand and the Super Over continued. The first 4 balls were okay. Southee had 10 to defend from the last two. That's when Hitman removed his sniper and shot New Zealand's hope smacking two sixes of the last two balls and breaking all the Kiwi hearts. The wounds of the 2019 World Cup final were just starting to heal but this loss has once again revitalized those agony for the New Zealand fans.

    It was a very indescribable day for the Indian bowlers. They were not at their best. Their strike bowlers, Bumrah and Shami had an off day. The former was not his usual self, he looked frustrated, annoyed and just could not manage to find the yorkers with consistency like he generally does. He conceded 45 from his 4. Jadeja and Thakur were the stars of the show before the final over. Jadeja went for less than 6 rpo and picked up a wicket. Thakur had two from his 3 overs and gave just 21. Chahal had one wicket as well but was expensive. Shami had a horrid day before the final over. Defending 9, he was hit for a 6 off the first ball but then he made a comeback like he has done on so many occasions. He managed to take the game in the Super Over and keep his side in the hut.

    Chasing 180, New Zealand got off to a decent start as Guptill took the charge when Munro struggled. Guptill departed just before the opening stand could reach 50. Munro soon joined his partner. Kane Williamson, the ice-cool man of New Zealand, the messiah, took control of the game. He took charge and built partnerships first with Santner, then with Colin de Grandhomme. The former two struggled, the skipper saw that and took on the role of the aggressor which we rarely see from him. Ross Taylor then joined him and the two experienced campaigners almost saw their side home but only for the dreaded final over where one can say they shot themselves on their own foot. Needing 9 off the final over, Taylor tonked a six on the first ball of the final over but then they choked under pressure and could not manage to score the remaining 3. They could score only 2 to get the match to the Super Over!

    What a finish!!! Rohit Sharma, you beauty! India were down and out but out of nowhere, they managed to drag the game to the Super Over and even then they were on the back foot. However, they have done the stuff of champions! Rohit Sharma, the miracle man from Mumbai, the new superman of Indian cricket! He has done the unthinkable and wrapped up the series for the Men in Blue! Once again it is the Super Over which plays the role of the antagonist for New Zealand and has brought about their downfall. The curse of the Super Over continues to haunt them and they just cannot find a way to get rid of it.

    Ball 6: Southee to Rohit, SIX! Sharma has hoisted it over long off for a biggie! INDIA WIN THE SUPER OVER! What a poor delivery yet again by Southee under pressure. He delivers it full and on middle, Rohit clears his front leg and rifles it over wide long off for the winning runs. Look at the joy in the Indian camp. They have found a way to make a comeback in this match and have now taken an unassailable lead in the series.

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