Rohit Sharma’s Super Over Heroics Hands India 1st T20I Series Win In NZ


New Zealand’s Super Over distress remained as India acquired the third T20I to seal the five-match T20I series. A glorious inning from New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was not enough to guide the home side to victory against India in the third T20I in Hamilton, as the game finished in a draw after both sides batted their 20 overs.

Williamson brought his form into the ruling over, hitting 12 off four deliveries as New Zealand set a target of 18 for India to hit. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came in to bat for India, and Rohit, who was India’s top scorer in the match, puffed two sixes off the last two deliveries to win a thriller for the visitors.

batting first, India got off to a fantastic start, with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul setting on an 89-run stand before the latter fell for 27 to de Grandhomme.

New Zealand pacer Hamish Bennett then turned the impulse New Zealand’s way when he removed Rohit Sharma and Shivam Dube in the 11th over.

Rohit, showed his masterclass with 65 off 39 at the time, was looking dangerous and his wicket stymied India’s march.

India captain Virat Kohli and the in-form Shreyas Iyer then started to rebuild for India, putting on a 46-run partnership. But Mitchell Santner ended their stand, getting Iyer stumped. Kohli was out for 38, leaving it to Jadeja and Pandey to see India to a competitive total.

The pair made 18 off the last over to take team India to 179, finishing off on a high.

Chasing 180, Williamson hit eight fours and four sixes in his innings of 95 off 48 deliveries before losing his wicket in the final over with two runs needed off three balls. Shami then bowled superbly to dismiss New Zealand a run off the last ball, exercising the game to the Super Over.


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