Black Caps’ poor experience continued in the super-over thriller as they lost second successive such encounter to India.
After receiving a huge blow in the form of Kane Williamson’s shoulder injury, the hosts sent India to have first go with bat. The tourists started things off in an unwanted way, they lost Sanju Samson for just 8 runs.
KL Rahul, who is in red-hot form, again shone with his aggressive 39 runs in the fourth game of the series. After Rahul’s show, Ish Sodhi helped Kiwis to make a comeback in the game. None of other Indian batsman could manage to take the side ahead until Manish Pandey’s rescuing half-century.
Pandey played a sensible innings to make sure India’s got enough runs to defend. He smacked an unbeaten 50 to put a modest total of 165 on the board at Wellington. Sodhi was brilliant against visitors’ batsmen and took 3 wickets in his four over quota. He was well supported by Mitchell Santner – 1 for 26 in four overs.
166 runs were required for New Zealand to get their first win this five-match T20I series. Martin Guptill did not do much for his side but Colin Munro got them the started they wanted to chase the target. Munro built a strong partnership with Tim Seifert, who came in to bat at 3 in the absence of Williamson.
Munro scored a rapid 64 runs to provide a chance to team to go over the line for the first time in the series. The hosts started wobbling around well-settled on the crease Seifert. The wicketkeeper batsman and Ross Taylor were at the crease and they needed 11 in last two overs and then seven off last six balls of the game.
Kohli decided to give ball to Shradul Thakur, who was smashed earlier by Munro. Thakur got the wicket of Taylor on the first ball, the next batsman Daryl Mitchell struck boundary on the first ball to take required runs to 3 off 4 balls.
The unfortunate experience with super-over contests did hurt Tim Southee’s team as India ran out Seifert and Mitchell couldn’t middle the ball and caught at mid-off, with two needed on last one delivery Santner clipped it to the sweeper, and trying to steal the second runs was a distant dream.
New Zealand’s nightmare record in super over matches expanded to seven losses from eight now. They have lost four such games in the past seven months – two each against England and India.
Thakur was named Man of the Match. The tourists are leading the series by 4-0 with one one still left. The fifth and final T20I will be played on Sunday.