India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020

New Zealand vs India - 3rd T20I

Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton

Date & Time: 29 January 2020

New Zealand 179/6

RR: 8.95 | India tied with New Zealand (India win Super Over by 2 wickets)


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Martin Guptill c & b Shardul Thakur c & b Shardul Thakur 312123
Colin Munro stumped Ravindra Jadeja stumped Ravindra Jadeja 141620
Kane Williamson c KL Rahul (W) & b Mohammed Shami c KL Rahul (W) & b Mohammed Shami 954886
Mitchell Santner bowled Yuzvendra Chahal bowled Yuzvendra Chahal 91110
Colin de Grandhomme c Shivam Dube & b Shardul Thakur c Shivam Dube & b Shardul Thakur 51200
Ross Taylor bowled Mohammed Shami bowled Mohammed Shami 171011
Tim Seifert not out not out 0200
Scott Kuggeleijn
Tim Southee
Ish Sodhi
Hamish Bennett
Extras 8 (b 6, lb 2, w 0, nb 0)
Total 179 (6 Wkts, 20.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
47-1 (Martin Guptill,5.4), 52-2 (Colin Munro,6.2), 88-3 (Mitchell Santner,10.4), 137-4 (Colin de Grandhomme,16), 178-5 (Kane Williamson,19.3), 179-6 (Ross Taylor,20),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Shardul Thakur3 0 21 2 7.00
Mohammed Shami4 0 32 2 8.00
Jasprit Bumrah4 0 45 0 11.25
Yuzvendra Chahal4 0 36 1 9.00
Ravindra Jadeja4 0 23 1 5.75
Shivam Dube1 0 14 0 14.00
Rohit Sharma 0 0 0 0 0
KL Rahul 0 0 0 0 0
Virat Kohli 0 0 0 0 0
Shreyas Iyer 0 0 0 0 0
Manish Pandey 0 0 0 0 0

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.

Ball 5: Southee to Rohit, SIX! This one is out of the ground! Rohit, you beauty! Southee errs big time. Serves it in the slot, Sharma clears his front leg and launches it over mid-wicket for a maximum. 4 needed off 1 ball.

Ball 4: Southee to Rahul, 1 run! 10 needed off 2 balls. Pressure everywhere. Southee spears in a very full ball on middle, Rahul shuffles back for a big shot but only manages to drag it down towards long on.

Ball 3: Southee to Rahul, FOUR! Rahul finds the fence! Southee once again bowls a full toss outside off, KL shuffles across the stumps and smashes it through backward square leg for a boundary. 11 needed off 3 balls.

Ball 2: Southee to Rohit, 1 run! A low full toss on middle, Rohit once again inside edges his attempted heave across the line. The ball travels to fine leg and they cross.

Ball 1: Southee to Rohit, 2 runs! RUN OUT CHANCE MISSED! A length ball around middle, Rohit goes for a big heave across the line but it takes the inner half and rolls to deep mid-wicket. Sharma wants the second and scampers across to the other end. KL is hesitant in taking off but Rohit scoots. He makes it with a dive as the keeper fails to collect the ball cleanly.

What a finish from New Zealand. They have managed to score 17 runs off the Super Over and India have a very difficult task of scoring 18 to wrap up the series. Kudos to Williamson and Guptill. They have taken on Bumrah in the Super Over who has had a poor evening. The onus now will be on the Kiwi bowler who will take the ball for the Super Over as the batters have done their job. It will be interesting to see which two batters come out to bat for India. New Zealand are the one in the driver's seat. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are the nominated batsmen for the visitors. Tim Southee to bowl the pressure over. Here we go...

Ball 6: Bumrah to Guptill, FOUR! Guptill nails it this time! Bumrah once again bowls a full toss on middle and Guptill hammers it across the line. The long on fielder moves across to his right but fails to cut it off. New Zealand end on 17/0!

Ball 5: Bumrah to Williamson, Bye! Swing and a miss! Back of a length delivery outside off, Kane swings at it massively but is beaten. They cross for a bye and there is a near collision between the batsmen.

Ball 4: Bumrah to Williamson, FOUR! The Kiwi skipper is on fire! Bumrah fails to land his yorker and Williamson takes it on the full. He muscles it over extra cover and finds the fence.

Ball 3: Bumrah to Williamson, SIX! Kane is the man! Bumrah once again delivers it full and outside off, Williamson shuffles across the stumps and dispatches it over backward square leg. New Zealand need many more like these.

Ball 2: Bumrah to Guptill, 1 run! UPPISH BUT SAFE! A full toss around off, Guptill goes straight and lofts it over mid off. No timing at all and it doesn't carry to the fielder in the deep. They cross.

Ball 1: Bumrah to Williamson, 1 run! A length ball is angled into the batsman, Williamson swings it over mid-wicket and crosses for one.

Kohli is having a discussion with Ravi Shastri as to who will bowl the Super Over. Looks like it will be Jasprit Bumrah. Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill are the nominated batsmen for the hosts.

What drama we have just witnessed in the last over! When Taylor hit the six off the first ball of the last over, it looked all over for India. Shami did not give up though as he picked up the wicket of Kane Williamson and gave just a single off the next two balls. Taylor had just a single to take the last ball but missed. Shami did not as the ball went on to hit the stumps and it followed into a Super Over. Brilliant last over from Mohammed Shami.

M Shami to R Taylor, OUT! Bowled! Shami has done the unthinkable, especially after being hit for a maximum on the first ball of the over. Folks, we are in for a Super Over! Full around off, Taylor looks to play it on the up but ends up getting a thick inside edge which goes onto hit the stumps. What a comeback from Shami! Champion stuff from a champion player.

Rahul has removed his one glove.

M Shami to Tim Seifert, Play and miss again but this time they steal a bye. Back of a length outside off, Seifert throws his bat at it but misses. Taylor shows awareness and calls for a run straightaway. Rahul tries to score a direct hit at the keeper's end but misses.
M Shami to Tim Seifert, Play and a miss. More importantly a dot ball. Back of a length outside off, Seifert throws his bat at it but misses.

Tim Seifert is coming out to the middle. Can he finish things off for his side?

M Shami to K Williamson, OUT! Caught! Is there a twist in the tale here? Williamson departs after playing a wonderful innings. Back of a length around off, Williamson looks to play it over point but the ball zips off the surface and kisses the outside edge of the bat which goes to the right of the keeper. Rahul takes it and goes down on the ground. 2 needed off 3 now.
M Shami to R Taylor, Fuller on middle, Taylor strokes it to long on for a single.
M Shami to R Taylor, SIX! Goodbye. That looks to be the end of the game here. Shami looks for the blockhole but misses and delivers a crispy full toss on off. Taylor gets under it and smashes it over the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.

Mohammed Shami will bowl the final over. 3-0-25-0 are his figures.

J Bumrah to R Taylor, Full on the pads, Taylor flicks it to the leg side for a single. 9 needed off the last over.
J Bumrah to K Williamson, Yorker. This is a very good yorker but Williamson does really well to dig it out towards point and gets a single.
J Bumrah to K Williamson, FOUR! Very good shot from Williamson. He has smartly and by talent taken on Bumrah in this game. Full on middle, Kane gets on his back foot and flicks it fine down the leg side. Samson runs to his right and puts in a dive to save but fails to do so.
J Bumrah to R Taylor, Full toss now on off. Misses his yorker this time. Taylor flicks it to the leg side for a single.
J Bumrah to R Taylor, FOUR! Right in the gap. Full and closer to the off pole this time. Taylor this time manages to get bat on ball and whips it over mid-wicket for a boundary.
J Bumrah to R Taylor, Play and a miss. Full outside off, Ross looks to flick it on the leg side but misses.
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Around the pads, Williamson flicks it to the leg side for a single. 20 needed off the last 2.
Y Chahal to K Williamson, Shorter outside off, Kane pulls it but does not time it at all. Works in his favor as it falls short of the man at deep mid-wicket. Won't get the second this time though.
Y Chahal to K Williamson, Slower and flighted outside off, Williamson punches it wide of long off and calls for two straightaway. They put the pressure on the fielder and that's the reason the throw from the fielder is a poor one at the keeper's end. That is what pressure does.
Y Chahal to K Williamson, Loopy delivery on middle, Williamson sweeps it to deep square leg for a couple.
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Floated ball outside off, Taylor bends on his knees and looks to sweep but it goes off the inside half of the bat and goes towards square leg. A single taken.
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Good throw from the keeper and it might have been close. Flatter one on middle, Taylor works it to the deep mid-wicket region and takes off for a couple. The fielder has a shy the bowler's end but it is a wide throw allowing Williamson to make it back.

Yuzvendra Chahal will finish his quota. 3-0-27-1 are his figures.

J Bumrah to K Williamson, On the pads, Williamson flicks it towards mid-wicket and takes a single. The fielder has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. Rohit Sharma fails to back up cleanly allowing them to take the second. 14 off Bumrah's over and New Zealand need 29 off 18 balls now.
J Bumrah to K Williamson, Good comeback from Bumrah. This is a perfect yorker on middle, Williamson cannot do much but just dig it out.
J Bumrah to K Williamson, FOUR! Make that hat-trick of boundaries. Bumrah under the sword here. Full on off, Williamson goes over covers and connects well this time to get another boundary.
J Bumrah to K Williamson, FOUR! Another very good shot from Williamson. Looks like he has read and picked out Bumrah. Full outside off, Williamson lofts his flick over mid-wicket for a boundary.

The series started on a competitive note! It promised a lot. We all thought that New Zealand would turn up and challenge the dominance of India. In the first match, the Kiwi batsmen put the Indian bowlers to the sword, however, their own bowlers didn't step up entirely which meant the Black Caps went behind in the 5-match series. Everyone anticipated a crunch game in round 2 at Eden Park. Toss was touted to be a big factor but Kane Williamson's decision to bat first raised a few eyebrows. The New Zealand skipper guessed it right that the used surface will be on the slower side and hence chasing will be difficult. Perhaps he forgot to pass on the same message to his boys. Their batting approach wasn't reckless but they aimed too high. The Black Caps tried to emulate the performance of the first match but completely ignored the conditions. A bad assessment of the pitch cost them. Also, one cannot undermine the way the Indian bowlers bounced back. There was more energy in the field and Virat Kohli was proactive with his fielding placements. Altogether, the Men in Blue showed and proved why they are one of the top teams going around, if not the top. The action shifts from a very small stadium in Auckland to a small stadium in Hamilton. The boundaries again will be on the shorter side and we once more dare to expect a high-scoring match. Regarding the playing XI, India won't like to tinker much as they will plan to take an unassailable lead first and then give the fringe players a chance. As far as the Kiwis are concerned, they might just include Scott Kuggeleijn and Daryl Mitchell to freshen up their batting and bowling plans. These two teams have met once at the Seddon Park and it ended up being a high-scoring humdinger where the Black Caps edged out India by just 4 runs. Let's hope for something similar.

New Zealand Team Squad -Colin Munro,Daryl Mitchell,Kane Williamson,Martin Guptill,Ross Taylor,Tom Bruce,Colin de Grandhomme,Mitchell Santner,Scott Kuggeleijn,Tim Seifert,Blair Tickner,Hamish Bennett,Ish Sodhi,Tim Southee

India Team Squad -KL Rahul,Manish Pandey,Rohit Sharma,Shreyas Iyer,Virat Kohli,Ravindra Jadeja,Shivam Dube,Washington Sundar,Rishabh Pant,Sanju Samson,Jasprit Bumrah,Kuldeep Yadav,Mohammed Shami,Navdeep Saini,Shardul Thakur,Yuzvendra Chahal