India batted first after being put in by New Zealand making 165 for 8 with Rahul at the top making 39 of 26 balls with 3 fours & 2 sixes. India rested Rohit Sharma & Shami from the line up & the Kiwis resting their captain Williamson. Samson got a chance and muffed it after hitting a superb standout six of Kuggeleijn. There was turn and bounce in the wicket in Wellington, which was exploited well by the Kiwis first up. Manish Pandey nurtured the innings to 165 in the company of Sharad Thakur who made 20. Pandey stroked a fluent unbeaten 50 of 36 balls with 3 fours with nice placement. Ish Sodhi picked up 3 wickets.
New Zealand in reply were kept quiet by the Indian pacers Bumrah, Saini & Thakur. Munro 64 of 47 balls with 5 fours & 3 sixes & Siefert with 57 of 39 balls with 4 fours & 3 sixes. turned the situation to their side’s advantage with a partnership full of strokes and some good hitting over the line Things looked under control for them with 7 runs needed of the final over with the Siefert at the crease, but Sharad Thakur entrusted with the final over delivered the knockout punch with 4 wickets in the over, including a run out by Rahul & with 2 needed, Santner managed to get a single to get the scores tied.
In the super over, Bumrah once again shouldered the responsibility & delivered conceding 13 runs to Munro & Siefert & when India’s turn came, Kohli walked out with Rahul smashing the first 2 balls of Southee’s over, one over the fence first ball for six & then hitting a four of the next, but got out. After that Kohli took over with a smart push to take 2 runs & nailed the next ball for a boundary & India won the super over for the 2nd consecutive time in their t20 history.
Indians are looking smashing in t20 & with the t20 world cup this year, its a clear sign that India will be very strong contenders for the 2020 world cup in Australia.