India in New Zealand, 5 T20I Series, 2020

New Zealand vs India - 4th T20I

Venue: Westpac Stadium, Wellington

Date & Time: 31 January 2020

New Zealand 165/7

RR: 8.25 | India tied with New Zealand (India win Super Over by 1 wicket)

commentary

So that is it from another nail-biter game of the series. New Zealand's struggles in the Super Over continued and they're losing run in the shortest format continues. India are well on course for a whitewash and have made it 4-0. We still have one final game remaining from this exciting series. The 5th and final T20I will be played on Sunday, 2nd February. That match will begin at 2000 local (0700 GMT). Join us for that one. Till then, cheers!

Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, says he has learned to stay calm when the opposition is playing well and just wait for an opportunity. Further adds there couldn't have been more exciting games than the last two and that is exactly what the fans want. Mentions he had not played a Super Over till now but he has now played two. States they were down and out and they coming back shows the character of the team. Informs they initially decided to send Samson but Rahul and him had a chat and then he decided to walk out as his experience could come into play. Says Samson was fearless, he did not read the pitch that well, he went for another biggie despite getting one but that is how he plays and that is how he should continue. Ends by saying he is very proud of how his team played and how they managed to pull things back.

New Zealand skipper, Tim Southee, says it is a very tough loss, especially after the position they were in but they gave it away with their own hands. States the manner they have lost in is bad, they made it tough on themselves by giving India a sniff and that is something they can't do against such good opponents.

For his game turning final over, Shardul Thakur has been named the Man of the Match. Shardul Thakur says, he feels very good and such matches are for what they play cricket for and he is very delighted. States they never lost hope and the last game taught them that, the first ball of the last over was crucial, a wicket was needed and he got it. Ends by saying he is happy with his contribution with the bat too but he feels he should have carried on and batted for longer.

Earlier in the evening, India were on the back foot and were struggling at 88/6 but just like every champion side has a someone raising their hands up and delivering the goods, the tourists had one as well. This time it was Manish Pandey whose unbeaten 50 built the momentum and took them to a very good total of 165. Spin twins of Sodhi and Santner were the stars for the Kiwis with the ball as they were economical and chipped in with wickets.

It was Shami in the previous game and this time it was Shardul Thakur who brought this game back from the dead. Defending 6 in the final over was a herculean task and somehow he managed to pull out a rabbit off his hat and managed to drag this game into Super Over. Bumrah, unlike the previous game was back at his best and was the star with the ball. Going for just 20 in his 4 and picking up a wicket. Navdeep Saini's penultimate over was the game changing one as he went for just 4 in it and that was the building block of this win. All-in-all, India will be satisfied with their efforts.

Chasing 166, New Zealand got off to a poor start as Munro and Guptill struggled early and they lost the latter. Munro though fought the tough situation out and stitched a 74-run stand, getting his fifty in the process. But in an anti-climatic way the southpaw was run out, courtesy of a super effort from the Indian skipper. Seifert though carried along and it looked like him and Ross Taylor would take his side home. They needed just 7 off the last over but the Kiwis failed to get that and could muster only 6 and banged their chasing car into the woods and are slowly snatching the tag of chokers from South Africa.

Another Super Over and another heartbreak in it for New Zealand. Southee once again fails to defend in the Super Over and for the fourth time in a row, the Kiwis lose a Super Over. It was Rohit Sharma in the first Super Over and it is KL Rahul and Virat Kohli who are the Indian heroes. India make it 4-0, just like they made it 3-0, by winning the Super Over.

Ball 5: Southee to Kohli, FOUR! Kohli ends it in style! He takes his side 4-0 up! Another win for India in the Super Over. Shorter and on off, Kohli drags his pull through mid-wicket and it races away to the fence.

Ball 4: Southee to Kohli, 2 runs, This is brilliant! Just brilliant from the skipper. How smart was that? Knows a risk is not needed so he taps it with soft hands towards mid on. The weight on the shot is perfect so two is taken.

Ball 3: Southee to Rahul, OUT! Southee gets Rahul! India can't afford to lose a wicket now. 4 needed in 3 balls. A short one on middle, Rahul pulls, he hits it nicely but flat towards deep square leg. Kuggeleijn takes it. Samson is the new man in.

Ball 2: Southee to Rahul, FOUR! It was Rohit Sharma the last night, this time it is Rahul. A short ball on the body, Rahul pulls it over short fine leg and bags another boundary. 10 from the first two balls. 4 needed in 4 balls.

Ball 1: Southee to Rahul, SIX! That is some way to start the chase! The equation is very easy now, only 8 needed in 5 balls. Full and on middle, it is in the slog. Rahul clears his front leg and whips it high and handsome into the mid-wicket stand.

The New Zealand players are in a huddle and Southee is having a word with his troops as we await to see who it will be for India who walk out for the Super Over. It is going to be KL Rahul and Indian skipper, Virat Kohli who will try and do the job for the hosts. Can they do it? It's going to be KL Rahul who will take the strike.

So this time India need 14 runs to win but they do not have Rohit Sharma, the star from the last Super Over. It is not going to be an easy task for them. It will be interesting to see whether Southee, who is also the skipper today, bowls the Super Over himself or will he give it to someone else? Remember he was unable to defend 17 in the previous Super Over. It is going to be Southee again. The skipper wants to do it for his side and will look to put the last Super Over behind and finally win one for New Zealand.

Ball 6: Bumrah to Munro, 1 run, An appeal for a catch, the umpire has taken it upstairs to check whether it is a bump ball. Replays roll in and they show it has bounced. A low full toss. Munro looks to play the paddle scoop but ends up hitting it on the bounce to short fine leg. A single taken. NEW ZEALAND END WITH 13. INDIA NEED 14 TO WIN!

Ball 5: Bumrah to Munro, FOUR! Much-needed boundary! Good length ball outside off, Munro goes on his back foot and manages to loft if over point for a boundary.

Ball 4: Bumrah to Seifert, OUT! Caught! This time Seifert departs and India have a wicket. Full outside off, Seifert looks to go over point but does not time it and the fielder in the deep manages to take it safely.

Ball 3: Bumrah to Seifert, 2 runs, In air... dropped again! Second drop in the over. A short one. Seifert looks to pull but gets a top edge. It goes towards short fine leg. Rahul goes after it but ends up dropping it. Two taken.

Ball 2: Bumrah to Seifert, FOUR! Good length ball outside off, Seifert goes over covers and gets a boundary as there is no one in the deep. 6 off the first two balls.

Ball 1: Bumrah to Seifert, 2 runs, Dropped! Tough chance and Iyer cannot take it. Bumrah bangs it in a bit short on middle, Seifert goes for the pull but mistimes it. It goes behind mid-wicket. Iyer runs back and gets his hands to it but cannot hold onto it. 2 taken.

Needing 18 off the last three, New Zealand had Taylor and Seifert, the well-set batters at the crease. But the trio of Bumrah, Saini and Shardul changed the complexion of the match completely.

Would you believe it? For the second game running, we are going to the Super Over and New Zealand have once again thrown it away and extended this game. They were cruising and needed just 18 off 18 with two set batsmen but once again they threw it in the final over and have failed to score 7 which was needed. They have scored 6 and this game has gone to Super Over. Shardul Thakur you beauty! Last game it was Shami who defended 9. Shardul has done a tougher job and defended 6 in the last over! Wow! Just wow! The never-say-die attitude of this Indian side has once again taken the game to another Super Over and New Zealand just cannot find a way to get rid of the dilemma called the Super Over.

19.6
1
S Thakur to M Santner, OUT! RUN OUT! IT IS A SUPER OVER! For the second time in a row, India have managed to take it into a Super Over when they seemed down and out. A full ball outside off, it is hit through covers for one. They go for a second but Samson throws it to the keeper and Santner is well short. MATCH TIED!

Scott Kuggeleijn is in now. He won't be on strike. Santner needs to score 1 to take this to Super Over and 2 to win this game. Can he get the couple?

19.5
0
S Thakur to D Mitchell, OUT! TAKEN! 2 needed off the last ball! Shardul Thakur is bowling a gem of an over here! A slower ball, full and on middle, Mitchell looks to loft it over mid off but ends up hitting it high up in the air. Dube settles under it and takes it. Are we in for another Super Over here? Surely not, right?
19.4
1
S Thakur to M Santner, A single! Santner slipped! Daryl Mitchell though was not interested. Shorter and on the body, it is pulled through mid-wicket. They take one. Santner looks to turn for the second but is slips. Mitchell though did not want a second.

Mitchell Santner is the new man in and he will be on strike. 3 needed in 3, can he keep his calm and take his side over the line?

19.3
0
S Thakur to D Mitchell, OUT! Seifert is short! 3 in 3 needed and a new batter will be on strike. A slower bumper outside off. Mitchell is foxed by the lack of pace. He tries to pull but misses. It goes towards the keeper. The batters look to steal a bye but Rahul hits bull's eye at his end. An appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays roll in and it shows TS is just short.

Big moment in the game! Is Seifert short? Well India are celebrating, the umpire has taken it upstairs.

19.2
4
S Thakur to D Mitchell, FOUR! Up and over! Mitchell releases the pressure with a lofted drive. Fuller and around off, DM hits it over covers and bags a boundary. 3 needed in 4.

Daryl Mitchell walks out to bat. The new man will have to take the strike as Taylor did not cross the crease.

19.1
0
S Thakur to R Taylor, OUT! That has gone a long, long way in the air... Iyer has taken it. 7 needed in 7. Are New Zealand going to crumble again? They will surely be nervous. Not to forget, they needed 3 in 5 balls in the last game and this time they need 4 more. A full ball on middle, Taylor looks to whip it on the leg side but it goes off the top edge. It goes high up in the air towards deep mid-wicket where Iyer takes a good catch falling forward.

7 needed off 6, surely New Zealand will take it home, right? Or will India once again pull out a rabbit out of the hat and either defend it or drag this game into Super Over? Shardul Thakur will have to do what Mohammed Shami did in the previous game. The big difference is Thakur has 2 runs less to play with.

18.6
1
N Saini to R Taylor, Just a single again! It is very full and on the pads, Taylor looks to flick but gets an inside edge on the pads. A single taken. Top class over from Saini. Has kept India in the game. 7 needed in 6.
18.5
1
N Saini to Tim Seifert, Just a single! A short one around off, Seifert drags his pull through square leg for one.
18.4
0
N Saini to Tim Seifert, One more dot! Shorter and outside off, Seifert looks to cut but misses. 8 needed now in 9 balls.
18.3
0
N Saini to Tim Seifert, A dot! A top class yorker on the pads. Seifert looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
18.2
2
N Saini to Tim Seifert, In the air... safe! Shorter and on middle, Seifert looks to pull but gets a top edge. It lands safe in the square leg region. Two taken.
18.1
0
N Saini to Tim Seifert, A yorker on middle, it is jammed out towards mid-wicket.

Navdeep Saini to bowl the penultimate over of the innings.

17.6
1
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, Good length ball on middle and leg, Seifert taps it to the leg side and goes for a quick run. Taylor charges and so does Bumrah. The Indian gets to the ball and has a shy at the keeper's end but misses.
17.5
0
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, Bumrah hits the deck hard on off, Seifert blocks it.
17.4
4
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Nicely played! Good length delivery on off, Seifert times it excellently through point and fetches a boundary. Required runs less than the balls remaining now.
17.3
1
J Bumrah to R Taylor, Direct hit and it would have been close. Fuller on off, Taylor taps it towards point and goes for a quick single. Manish Pandey, one of the best fielders in the side gets to the ball and has a shy at the keeper's end but misses.
17.2
1
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, Good length ball outside off, Seifert runs it down to third man and gets a single. There is no need to complicate this chase. They can do it with singles.
17.1
0
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, Full on off, Seifert pushes it to mid off. Kohli at cover dives and tries to stop the ball but misses.
16.6
1
S Thakur to Tim Seifert, Outside off, this is pushed through covers for one.
16.5
0
S Thakur to Tim Seifert, Shorter slower one on middle, Seifert looks to upper cut it but misses.
16.4
1
S Thakur to R Taylor, Length and on off, it is slapped through covers for one. Singles will do it for the hosts.
16.3
1
S Thakur to Tim Seifert, Leading edge but safe! Shorter and around off, Seifert looks to work it on the leg side but there is a leading edge which lands safe on the off side for one.
16.2
1
S Thakur to R Taylor, Shortish and outside off, it is guided towards point for one.
16.1
4
S Thakur to R Taylor, FOUR! Short ball and put away! It is on the shorter side and outside off, Taylor throws his bat at it. Gets it right off the middle and the ball races away to the fence. Runs needed below the balls left to bowl.

Shardul Thakur is back for his third.

15.6
1
J Bumrah to R Taylor, Leading edge but a run! Shorter and around off, Taylor looks to work it on the leg side. He gets a leading edge down to third man for one. Another good over for the hosts. 26 needed from 24.
15.5
1
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, Another single! Shorter and angled into the body, TS looks to defend but gets an inside edge onto the body. It rolls beside the stumps. The batters go for one. Kohli picks the ball up and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses. The fielder from mid off looks to backup but he fumbles but no extra run taken.
15.4
4
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Clever, very clever! This is full and just outside off, it is a full toss. Seifert waits for it and then guides it down to the third man fence.
15.3
2
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, Shorter and outside off, this is guided down to third man for two.
15.2
0
J Bumrah to R Taylor, NOT OUT! Seifert is well in! Not sure why they went upstairs. It is angled into the pads, Taylor looks to flick but is hit on the pads. It rolls beside the pitch. The batters go for one. Bumrah gets to the ball and underarms it onto the stumps. Seifert dives to get in. An appeal and the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show that Seifert is well in.

Run out appeal taken upstairs. Seifert looks comfortably in and hence there is no excitement from the Indian players and no nervousness from the Kiwi batter.

15.1
1
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, On a length and around off, Seifert looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads. It rolls on the off side for one.

Jasprit Bumrah is back to operate in his area of expertise. He has been exceptional in this game so far. His figures from the first spell reads, 2-0-4-1.

14.6
4
Y Chahal to R Taylor, FOUR! Right in the gap! A huge over, 17 from it. Probably the over which turns the game into New Zealand's favor completely. This is floated up outside off, Taylor slog sweeps. It goes in the gap in the mid-wicket region and a boundary. This could have easily been an over which could have had a wicket but instead it goes for a plenty.
14.6
0
Y Chahal to R Taylor, WIDE! Way too far outside off, it is left alone.
14.5
2
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Slower through the air and outside off, this is dragged through mid-wicket for two.
14.4
2
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Overthrow! India losing the plot here! This is hit through covers. They take on. The fielder fires a wild throw which is away from the keeper and another single is taken.
14.3
1
Y Chahal to Tim Seifert, DROPPED AGAIN! Bumrah is the culprit this time! Seifert looks to play the reverse sweep. He does not time it well. It goes uppishly towards short third man where Bumrah dives forward and tries to take it but fails to do so. You can't win matches if you keep dropping such catches.
14.2
6
Y Chahal to Tim Seifert, DROPPED AND SIX! Has Saini dropped the game? That had to be taken, it was a chance to get Seifert out, the well-set man but the youngster fails to hang on. It is floated up outside off, TS drags it towards wide long on. Saini there runs to his right. He is a little too close to the ropes. He does get two hands to it but maybe panicked and it spills out and over the ropes.
14.1
1
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Dragged but just for one! Outside off, Taylor hits it towards wide long on and gets to the other end.
13.6
6
S Dube to Tim Seifert, SIX! Just over! Whatever pressure that was building has been released by this hit. Dube fails to end the over nicely. A short one on the body, Seifert looks to pull but due to the extra bounce Dube gets, a top edge is induced. It goes between long on and deep mid-wicket. Not sure if it has gone all the way. The umpire takes it upstairs and replays show that it has hit the cushion on the full. 53 needed in 6 overs.
13.5
1
S Dube to R Taylor, Another single! 5 in the over so far! Needs to end it well here. Shorter and outside off, Taylor cuts it through point.
13.4
1
S Dube to Tim Seifert, Back of a length and on off, this is pushed through covers for one.

Once again Dube pulls out! Maybe because he heard Kohli scream loudly. The skipper was asking someone to come in the ring and Dube did not see that.

13.3
1
S Dube to R Taylor, A little too straight again, Taylor works it through mid-wicket and takes one. Three singles in the over so far.

Dube will have to reload as the bails have come off once again due to the wind.

13.2
1
S Dube to Tim Seifert, A low full toss this time, Seifert works it through mid-wicket and takes another run.
13.1
1
S Dube to R Taylor, On the pads, this is worked through mid-wicket for one.
12.6
1
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Floated on off, Ross strokes it towards long on and gets a single to get through the over. Very good over from the leggie. Just 5 runs and a wicket off it.
12.5
1
Y Chahal to Tim Seifert, Wide outside off, Seifert stretches and drives it to sweeper cover and gets another single.
12.4
1
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Gives this air on middle, Taylor nudges it towards long on for one.
12.3
1
Y Chahal to Tim Seifert, Flighted on off, Seifert drives it with the spin towards cover for a run.
12.2
1
Y Chahal to R Taylor, Short around off, Taylor cuts it towards point and gets off the mark.

Ross Taylor walks out to bat now.

12.1
0
Y Chahal to Tom Bruce, OUT! Bowled! Chahal comes back and gets rid of Bruce! He cannot leave a lasting impression and goes without troubling the scorers. Floated on leg stump, Bruce looks to paddle. This shot looks easy to play and cheeky when it comes off but when it does not, it does not look pretty. On this occasion, it has not come off. Bruce has missed it completely and the ball goes onto disturb the pole. Once again New Zealand are making a meal of this chase and are losing the plot.

Chahal is back.

11.6
0
S Dube to Tom Bruce, A huge shout but not given! This is angled into the pads, of the batter. Bruce looks to play it with a straight bat but misses.
11.5
0
S Dube to Tom Bruce, Shorter and on off, it is pushed to covers.

Tom Bruce is the new man in.

11.4
1
S Dube to C Munro, OUT! You bet he has! Munro is short! India needed something inspirational, their body language had gone down as this stand was taking the game away but Kohli has just provided something brilliant. He leads from the front and this could well be the opening India wanted. It is a full ball outside off, Munro hits it through covers. The batters take one and go for the second. Thakur picks the ball up and fires it towards Kohli at covers. He catches it, turns and then fires it at the stumps at the keeper's end and hits. Munro is walking back disappointed but the umpire takes it upstairs. Replays show that Munro is well short. Replays actually show that Munro did not expect the throw to come at his end and he was jogging towards the other end. When he saw Kohli turn, that is when he upped the speed but it was too late. A good innings from Munro comes to an end but he needed to stay longer.

A run out appeal and it has been taken upstairs! Munro is already walking back! Has the Indian skipper pulled off something exceptional?

11.3
0
S Dube to Tim Seifert, Seifert makes room and Dube bowls a slower one and it is shorter in length. It is on the body. He looks to pull. It hits the body and rolls on the off side. A run taken. Leg bye taken. Three singles in the over so far.
11.2
1
S Dube to C Munro, Shorter and around off, this is pushed through covers for one.
11.1
1
S Dube to Tim Seifert, Shorter and on middle, Seifert mistimes his pull through mid-wicket.

Shivam Dube on now. Can his medium pace do the trick?

10.6
0
N Saini to C Munro, A full toss now, it is hit to mid off. Another big over for the hosts.
10.5
4
N Saini to C Munro, FOUR! Blasted! Nobody moved there! 74 needed in 55 now. Outside off, Munro smashes it through covers and the ball races away to the fence.
10.4
1
N Saini to Tim Seifert, On the fuller side, Seifert strokes it through covers for one.
10.3
0
N Saini to Tim Seifert, Good running! On the pads, TS looks to flick but it hits the pads and rolls towards fine leg. Two taken. Leg byes signaled.
10.2
4
N Saini to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Raining boundaries here! Shorter and around off, Seifert goes after it. He probably was looking to hit it over covers but it goes over the point fielder and into the fence.
10.1
1
N Saini to C Munro, Shorter again and on the body, Munro pulls but it hits the higher part of the bat. It lands in the fine leg region for one.
10.1
0
N Saini to C Munro, WIDE! Way too short and on the body. Munro ducks under it. Wided.

Navdeep Saini is back! 2-0-14-0, his figures so far.

9.6
1
W Sundar to C Munro, On the pads, CM flicks it towards mid-wicket for a single. 11 off the over. 87 needed from the last 10 overs.
9.5
0
W Sundar to C Munro, Shorter on off, Munro blocks it off his back foot.
9.4
2
W Sundar to C Munro, Flatter on the pads, Munro sweeps it to the on side and gets a couple.
9.3
4
W Sundar to C Munro, FOUR! Short outside off, Munro transfers his weight on his back foot and cuts it fiercely through point for a boundary.
9.2
4
W Sundar to C Munro, FOUR! Brings up the 50-run stand and his personal fifty in style. He struggled in the start but he has found his groove. Tossed up on middle, Munro smashes it over the bowler's head and gets a boundary as the ball bounces inside the ropes. The run chase has found its way back but the job is not done and the southpaw should bat and see his side home.
9.1
0
W Sundar to C Munro, Darted on the pads, Munro looks to flick but misses and gets hit on the pads.
8.6
6
Y Chahal to Tim Seifert, SIX! Don't bother catching that, it has gone way over the stands. Chahal gives this air on middle and off, Seifert gets down on one knee and murders the ball two rows behind the mid-wicket fence for a biggie.
8.5
1
Y Chahal to C Munro, On middle and leg, Munro sweeps it to the on side for a single.
8.4
2
Y Chahal to C Munro, Tossed up on middle and leg, Munro sweeps it wide of deep mid-wicket. Samson there does really well to cover the ground and save it before the ropes. Two taken.
8.3
0
Y Chahal to C Munro, Smart bowling. Munro gets ready for a reverse sweep so Chahal bowls it on his leg. Colin does well to adjust and defend it.
8.2
2
Y Chahal to C Munro, Tossed up on off, Munro plays a very good cover drive and gets a couple as the fielder from sweeper cover sweeps it.
8.1
1
Y Chahal to Tim Seifert, Flighted leg spinner outside off, Seifert runs it down towards short third man and gets a single.
7.6
1
W Sundar to Tim Seifert, Outside off, Seifert hits it uppishly but wide of point for one. A good over for the Kiwis. 110 needed in 72 balls.
7.5
1
W Sundar to C Munro, Angled into the pads, Munro sweeps it through square leg for one.
7.4
6
W Sundar to C Munro, SIX! A gift! A full toss, Munro says thank you very much and sends it sailing over the mid-wicket fence. 11 from the first 4 balls.
7.3
0
W Sundar to C Munro, Well bowled! Slower through the air and on middle, Munro looks to drive but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
7.2
1
W Sundar to Tim Seifert, Good fielding! Shortish again and around off, Seifert hits it towards point where Chahal dives to his right and stops it. Just a run.
7.1
4
W Sundar to Tim Seifert, FOUR! Beautifully timed! Deep covers had no chance! Slightly short and outside off, Seifert hits it hard and it races away through the cover boundary. Good start to the over.

Washington Sundar is on!

6.6
1
Y Chahal to Tim Seifert, One more single as this is pushed through covers for one.
6.5
1
Y Chahal to C Munro, On the pads, this is worked through square leg for one.
6.4
0
Y Chahal to C Munro, Well bowled! Cramps Munro for room by bowling it on the body. Munro looks to flick but gets an inside edge onto the pads.
6.3
1
Y Chahal to Tim Seifert, Quicker again and around off, Seifert hits it through point and takes one.
6.2
1
Y Chahal to C Munro, Slightly shorter in length and outside off, it is slapped through covers for one.
6.1
0
Y Chahal to C Munro, Flatter and on off, Munro keeps it out.

Yuzvendra Chahal is on now!

5.6
0
S Thakur to Tim Seifert, Two dots to end but a good over for the Kiwis! However, the visitors will be happy with how things have gone in the Powerplay. New Zealand are 39 for 1. They need another 127 in 14 overs. The last ball is slightly short and outside off, Seifert looks to cut but gets an underedge towards the off side.
5.5
0
S Thakur to Tim Seifert, Shorter and on off, TS pushes it to covers.
5.4
1
S Thakur to C Munro, Just a single! Thakur will be happy Munro is off strike. A slower short ball, it is pulled through mid-wicket for one.
5.4
0
S Thakur to C Munro, WIDE! Could have been a single but Munro refuses it. Short and down the leg side. Munro looks to pull but misses. Pressure telling on Thakur.
5.3
4
S Thakur to C Munro, FOUR! 14 from the first three balls! This could well be the momentum-changing over. Full and on middle, Munro whips it through wide mid on and it races away. Thakur under pressure.
5.2
4
S Thakur to C Munro, FOUR! Up and over! 10 from the first two balls now! Munro uses his feet this time and gets to the pitch of it. He lofts it over mid off and bags another boundary.
5.1
6
S Thakur to C Munro, SIX! Into the crowd! New Zealand need more of those! Top start to the 6th and they need to make this count now. Shorter and on middle, Munro swings and he gets it right off the middle. It sails over the mid-wicket fence.

Shardul Thakur is back on. Went for just 3 in his first.

4.6
0
J Bumrah to Tim Seifert, Very full and angling in. It is on off and middle, Seifert does well to defends it towards mid on. Very good over from Bumrah. Just 2 and a wicket.
4.5
1
J Bumrah to C Munro, Back of a length on the body. It is pacy and it is bowled at 142 kph. Munro looks to pull but gloves it towards the on side and manages to get to the other end. The southpaw is struggling to get going here.
4.4
0
J Bumrah to C Munro, Bouncer to follow up the yorker. Munro sits under it.
4.3
0
J Bumrah to C Munro, Bumrah special to Munro. It is a yorker on the stumps, Colin manages to get his bat down in time.

Tim Seifert is the new man in!

4.2
0
J Bumrah to M Guptill, OUT! Caught! Bumrah strikes and the dangerous Martin Guptill is out of here. Credit has to be given to the Indian bowlers, they have hardly given away any free runs and the pressure they have built has turned into a wicket. Bumrah bangs it in short on off, Guptill looks to pull it and release some pressure he cannot time it at all. Ends up getting a top edge which flies to the left of the keeper. Rahul, with the gloves calls for the catch. He initially moves behind to his left and then comes forward to take the catch.
4.1
1
J Bumrah to C Munro, Bumrah bowls it slightly short on off, Munro pulls it against the angle towards mid-wicket and gets a single.
3.6
2
N Saini to M Guptill, Brillaint stop! Saves two for his side. A full toss on the pads, Guptill works it behind square on the leg side. Samson in the deep dives to his right and stops it. A good over for the Kiwis. 145 needed in 16 overs.
3.5
0
N Saini to M Guptill, Guptill makes room again and Saini follows him. Guptill swings but misses it.
3.4
1
N Saini to C Munro, Well bowled! A yorker this time and on the pads, it is jammed out towards the leg side for one.
3.3
6
N Saini to C Munro, SIX! Nailed! Will that get Munro going? This is slightly short and on middle, Munro picks it up and sends it sailing over the mid-wicket fence for a huge one. Welcome biggie for the hosts.
3.2
0
N Saini to C Munro, One more dot! Outside off, Munro makes room and goes after it but misses.
3.1
0
N Saini to C Munro, Munro misses out! A full toss on the pads, Colin flicks but straight to the man at mid-wicket.
2.6
0
J Bumrah to M Guptill, Guptill makes room and Bumrah follows him. MG swings but gets an inside edge onto his pads.
2.5
1
J Bumrah to C Munro, A direct hit and Munro would have been a goner! That was a suicidal run! A full toss on middle, it is hit towards mid on. The batters take off. Shardul Thakur picks the ball up and has a shy at the bowler's end but misses.
2.4
0
J Bumrah to C Munro, An excellent yorker. Gutpill gets his bat down in time and jams it out.
2.3
0
J Bumrah to M Guptill, Angled into the pads, Guptill looks to flick but misses. It hits the pad and rolls on the leg side. A single taken. Leg bye signaled.
2.2
1
J Bumrah to C Munro, One more short ball! This is pulled wide of the fielder at mid on for one.
2.1
0
J Bumrah to C Munro, That took off! This is on a length and around off, it takes off after pitching. Munro looks to push at it but is beaten. Rahul collects it near his face.

Bumrah time! Jasprit Bumrah is introduced into the attack. He had a very bad evening in the last game. How will he fare tonight?

1.6
1
N Saini to C Munro, On the fuller side, it is a slower one. Munro hits it towards mid on for one. So just the five from the over despite going for a boundary.
1.5
0
N Saini to C Munro, On the shorter side and outside off, Munro looks to pull it through the leg side but fails to put bat on ball.
1.4
0
N Saini to C Munro, Goog length and on off, Munro defends it towards point.

A slight delay as there's an intruder on the field.

1.3
4
N Saini to C Munro, FOUR! Hammered! Munro comes down the track, makes this length ball into a full delivery and then smashes it past the mid off fielder for a boundary. First of the chase.
1.2
0
N Saini to C Munro, Shorter and outside off, Munro looks to cut but misses.
1.1
0
N Saini to C Munro, On the fuller side, Munro strokes it back to the bowler.

Navdeep Saini to bowl from the other end.

0.6
0
S Thakur to C Munro, A leg bye to end the first over! A good one by Thakur. On the pads, Munro looks to whip it but misses. It hits the pad and lobs on the off side. There are shouts of catch it but it lands well ahead of Kohli who runs towards the ball from the slip region. A single taken.
0.5
1
S Thakur to M Guptill, Full and on the pads, it is clipped through mid-wicket for one.
0.4
0
S Thakur to M Guptill, Extra bounce! It is on a length and around off, Guptill looks to defend but it hits the higher part of the bat and lobs on the off side.
0.3
1
S Thakur to C Munro, Munro is off the mark! Shorter and on middle, Munro pulls it towards deep mid-wicket for one.
0.2
0
S Thakur to C Munro, Very full and outside off, Munro goes after it but misses.

What happened there? The ball was delivered from Thakur, it was defended by Munro but it is dead ball as just before delivering, the bails had come off at the non-striker's end because of the strong wind.

0.1
1
S Thakur to M Guptill, New Zealand are underway straightaway! This is angled into the pads, Guptill works it through mid-wicket for one.

We are back for the chase! The Indians make their way out to the middle. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro are the openers for the Kiwis. The right-hander will be on strike and he will be facing Shardul Thakur. Here we go...