It was a thriller at Seddon Park in the third T20I between New Zealand and India. Visitors needed one win to clinch the series and hosts badly needed a win to keep their series winning hopes alive. And, to no one’s expectations, Kiws were once again forced to play the super over. Eventually, Rohit Sharma’s twin sixes in the super over clinched the game and series for Men in Blue.
India set the target of 180 and Kiws tried their best to reach out there, courtesy Kane Williamson’s 95. The New Zealand skipper got out in the final over when his team needed two runs from four balls. Mohammed Shami, somehow, concended only one run in next three balls to take the game to super over.
After the match ended in a tie, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli, sitting in the dressing room told his team’s head coach Ravi Shastri that the hosts were the deserving side to win the battle, for the way they fought till the last ball of the game.
“I thought we were gone at one stage. I told our coach that they probably deserved to finish the game off with the way Kane batted and the way he led from the front. We got a wicket at a crucial stage. Shami again, showed his experience and put a couple of balls outside the off-stump,” Kohli said as quoted by Indian Express.
“On the last ball, we had a discussion and we came to the conclusion that we had to hit the stumps because otherwise there is a single anyway and we are gonna lose the game. Shami went for it, got the wicket and the game turned on its head. In the super over, New Zealand again put pressure on us,” the 31-year-old added.
Rohit Sharma a clean striker of the ball: Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli also talked about the impact of Rohit Sharma in the super over and the way he smashed two sixes off last two balls to win it for Team India. The Indian skipper went on to hail Rohit as a clean striker of the cricket ball.
“But Rohit was outstanding today, in the first half and in the super over. We knew, if he gets one hit, the bowler will be under pressure because he is such a clean striker of the cricket ball. Overall a top day for us and a beautiful game to be a part of.”
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