“There’s something new that I’ve learnt, that you’ve just got to stay calm in the game,” Indian captain Virat Kohli said during his post-match address after 4th T20I match against New Zealand in which India made a spectacular victory in Superover.
“I observe what’s happening and if the opportunity comes then you capitalize on it. The fans couldn’t have asked for a better finish in two consecutive games. We hadn’t played super-over before, and now we have played two back to back,” added Kohli.
India captain Virat Kohli had never batted in a Super Over before. On Friday, he accepted the challenge. Chasing 14 in the Super Over, KL Rahul hit a six and a four in the first two balls before getting out off the third one. Kohli had the strike as they had crossed. Needing 4 runs off 3 balls, the first thing he did was to tap it for a couple to make it 2 off 2 balls and then hit a pull shot for a boundary to finish the match.
This was India’s second Super Over win in the T20 match against New Zealand. Both teams ended up with 165 at the end of 20 overs. Friday was about Shardul Thakur. New Zealand only needed 7 runs in the last over with 7 wickets in hand. Shardul gave what India needed. He picked four wickets in the 20th over allowing only five runs that led to a tie in the match with New Zealand innings also ended at 165. Thakur at first got Ross Taylor out with a fuller length delivery and then got the wicket of Daryl Mitchell with a knuckle ball. In between India inflicted two run outs, including the one off the last ball when New Zealand batsman Santner tried to come back for the second run.
India had scored 165-8 in their 20 overs, with Manish Pandey having superbly marshalled the tail and scored his third half century to finish on 50 not out. The final game is in Mt. Maunganui on Sunday before a three-match one-day international series starts in Hamilton on Feb. 5.