What on earth! New Zealand went down once again in a super over to lose the fourth game of the series from the jaws of victory against India at the Sky Stadium in Wellington. After a brilliant last over from Shardul Thakur, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli chased down the target set by the Kiwis in the super over to go 4-0 up in the series.
The Kiwis managed to post 13 runs in the super over with Tim Seifert scoring the bulk of runs alongside Colin Munro. But it was not enough to win the match as New Zealand once again ended on the wrong side of a super over. KL Rahul took Tim Southee for a six and a boundary in the first two balls before Virat Kohli won it for his side.
During the chase, New Zealand once again got off to a poor start losing experienced Martin Guptill early in the innings. But Colin Munro and Tim Seifert steered the ship adding 74 runs for the second wicket to keep the host in line for the chase. Munro, who looked out of the socks in the first three games of the series, took on the Indian bowlers before a stunning effort from India skipper Virat Kohli ensured his departure.
Seeking an opportunity, the visitors sneaked in with one more wicket to have the Kiwis at 97 for three but Seifert anchored the innings alongside Ross Taylor as New Zealand looked to pull one back in the series. India had to pay for the mischances as the experienced duo kept the asking rate under check with timely boundaries. Shardul Thakur bowled an outstanding last over, much as Mohammed Shami did in the last match, to take the game to super over before the batters won it for the visitors.
Meanwhile, batting first, Manish Pandey saved India from humiliation playing a fine knock of 50 runs to help the visitors post 165 runs from 20 overs. Previously, Ish Sodhi wreaked havoc reducing the Men in Blues to 88 for six before Pandey anchored the innings to post a challenging total on the board. KL Rahul once again made a fine start showing examples of his outstanding form but he lacked support as the Kiwi bowlers finally put their feet forward in the series.
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Manish Pandey remained unbeaten on 50 runs from 36 deliveries and a timely contribution from Shardul Thakur helped India give something to their bowler to bowl at in Wellington. While it looked like New Zealand will finally pull one back but Shardul Thakur bowled a terrific last over before KL Rahul and Virat Kohli won the match in the super over.
Sanju Samson's inclusion always brings smiles to everyone's faces.— 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗱𝗵𝗶 (@GautamSodhi1) January 31, 2020
no one hits the slog sweep better than Ross Taylor, no one.— 𝗚𝗮𝘂𝘁𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗱𝗵𝗶 (@GautamSodhi1) January 31, 2020
The Kohli run-out apart, another forgettable day in the field. It is an issue now.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 31, 2020
New Zealand in Super Overs suffer mental disintegration— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) January 31, 2020
The great art of conceiving a super over. Brought to you by New Zealand.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) January 31, 2020