India rides high in the sky at Wellington after back to back super over wins in the T20 International series against New Zealand

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India vs New Zealand 2020 4th T20 Highlights – India is now the super over winning specialist in T20 cricket. After Hamilton’s super over win, India went in a repeat mode of doing the same at Sky Stadium in Wellington. Rohit Sharma was rested for this match but it didn’t cause any problems for the men in blue. This time it was KL Rahul and Skipper Virat Kohli who gave an excellent finish to the innings. They ensured that India was 4-0 up in the five-match T20 International series.

india vs new zealand 2020 4th t20 highlights

Before this contest, India and New Zealand (the hosts) went on with a few changes in their playing XI. Rohit Sharma, Mohd Shami, and Ravindra Jadeja were rested for this match while New Zealand dropped their regular skipper Kane Williamson because of his sore shoulder. They picked up all-rounders, Daryl Mitchell and Tom Bruce in their playing eleven.

India vs New Zealand 2020 4th T20 Highlights

New Zealand opted to bowl again. But India didn’t bat well enough in this match. Sanju Samson was given a chance in place of Rohit Sharma. But, he again disappointed the Indian crowd. After he started slowly, he hit a marvellous six and got out in the very next ball with 8 runs as his score.

After the early loss, Virat came in to bat with KL Rahul. As Rahul was well settled at the crease and Kohli was trying to find his feet, India got another blow. It was Kohli who mistimed the slower delivery and was out for just 11 runs.

India vs New Zealand 2020 4th T20 Highlights – Then, India lost three more wickets in quick succession. After Kohli, Shreyas was dismissed by Sodhi for just 1 run. Shivam Dube tried to get going with Manish Pandey but Ish Sodhi struck again for the Kiwis. Dube was out for just 12 runs.

Then came in the mini turn around that helped India in holding their nerve with New Zealand’s bowling. Shardul Thakur’s all-round skills were required in this match. His batting cameo ensured that India just doesn’t lose their way in the middle. Thakur and Pandey shared a crucial run stand of 43 runs which helped the visitors to go pass the 130 run mark.

India vs New Zealand 2020 4th T20 Highlights – Shardul contributed 20 vital runs for the team’s cause and Manish Pandey grabbed this opportunity to score his 2nd T20 International fifty of his T20 International career. But New Zealand came back in after they dismissed Shardul and Chahal.

It was Manish Pandey’s finishing touches which helped Team India again in scoring a competitive score of 165 runs in their allotted 20 overs. At one stage any score above 130 was not looking possible but Manish Pandey’s brilliant, unbeaten 50 runs ensured that India had something to defend.

Tim Southee was the leader of the New Zealand team in this match. He led his team through an impressive bowling performance. The Kiwis restricted the powerful Indian batting line up under the mediocre score. Southee took 1 wicket alongside Santner and Kuggelejin while Sodhi took 3 wickets and Bennett took 2.

India vs New Zealand 2020 4th T20 Highlights – New Zealand started their run chase poorly too. Martin Guptill was out early to Bumrah. But Tim Seifert and Colin Munro kept New Zealand’s hopes alive. They both struggled against the Indian pacers, who were good at the beginning. New Zealand didn’t even reach a par score after the end of the first six overs of the powerplay.

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But things changed for the better. Shardul Thakur’s 6th over made things easier for New Zealand. Munro smashed Thakur and gathered the lost momentum back. This kept their hopes alive. Seifert and Munro shared a partnership of 74 runs which threatened India to chase this modest score.

Nothing went in India’s way as Seifert was given chances in Chahal’s over. But Kohli’s athletic fielding gave India a ray of hope. Munro tried to steal a second run and that’s when Kohli throw thrashed the stumps of Munro and in the end, Munro was run out for 64 runs.

India vs New Zealand 2020 4th T20 Highlights – India got the main breakthrough from nowhere. But Seifert was still there and he looked good at the crease. After Tom Bruce was clean bowled by Chahal for a golden duck, Seifert and Ross Taylor tried to steady the ship. But the increase in the run-rate had put pressure on both the batsmen. Ross Taylor and Seifert were out in the last over which was bowled by Shardul Thakur. It was this over from Thakur which ensured that India did not lose the match.

After Taylor and Seifert were out, New Zealand lost two more wickets in the same over. Daryl Mitchell was caught by Dube and on the last ball. Santner was run out when two runs were needed and due to that, there was another super over in this T20 International series.

In the super over, New Zealand batted first. Tim Seifert and Colin Munro were the batsmen from New Zealand and Jaspreet Bumrah was the bowler from India.

India vs New Zealand 2020 4th T20 Highlights – On the very first ball, Bumrah got the wicket of Seifert but that catch was dropped by Shreyas Iyer and so there was a lifeline to Seifert again. Then, Seifert hit a boundary on the second ball and on the third ball, it was a dropped catch by KL Rahul again. It was finally a wicket for Bumrah on the fourth ball. Sundar caught that ball with ease. The last two balls were faced by Munro, who scored a boundary and a single from these 2 deliveries.

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New Zealand scored 13 runs in the super over and the target for India was 14 runs. KL and Kohli opened the super over for India and Southee bowled the super over for New Zealand again. But, it was not the night again for Skipper Southee as KL and Kohli did the job for India.

India vs New Zealand 2020 4th T20 Highlights – KL hit the first two balls out of the park and on the third delivery, he was caught. Then, it was all about Kohli’s smartness and elegance. Kohli just tapped the ball for two runs and on the fifth delivery, the Indian skipper finished the match in style.

It was another superb win for India in the super over. This time, India scored 16 runs for the loss of one wicket and took a lead of 4-0 in the five-match series.

Shardul Thakur was awarded the man of the match award for his all-round performance. He took two crucial wickets in the last over with the ball. He also scored 20 vital runs with the bat in hand earlier.

The last match of the 5 match T20 International series will be played on Sunday, 2nd February 2020 at Mount Manganui.

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