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Rohit Sharma seals series win for India in Super Over thriller
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Rohit Sharma seals series win for India in Super Over thriller

Rohit Sharma blasted two sixes off the final two balls of a dramatic Super Over to guide India to a thrilling win in the third T20I of the five-match series against New Zealand.

New Zealand's third tryst with the Super Over in the last six months once again ended in heartbreak as Kane Williamson's sublime effort with the bat failed to see his team over the line.

The Black Caps, already trailing 0-2 in the series, were desperate for a victory at Hamilton but could not keep their composure in the ultimate battle of nerves.

Twice coming into seemingly invincible positions in the match, New Zealand botched the golden opportunities repeatedly and paid the price for letting India slip back into the contest in the crunch moments.

Sharma had initially starred with a ballistic 65 during India's innings, helping his team post an imposing total of 179/5.

He then returned to the fore in the tie-breaker with his trademark six-hitting abilities punishing the lacklustre lines offered by Tim Southee.

Despite his towering experience, Southee was guilty of missing his lengths by vast margins allowing Sharma to free his arms and deposit the ball into the stands.

The veteran seamer had given just eight runs in the first four deliveries, strengthening the home side's grip on the proceedings but was unable to control Sharma's instinctive strikes in the last two balls of the game.

New Zealand had banked on Williamson's supreme batting prowess on a slow surface to overpower India's sturdy bowling line-up.

Although not known for maintaining a steep strike rate, Williamson hammered the opposition with effortless strokes reaping maximum awards.

He employed the sweep shot to perfection by countering the spin on offer for Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal.

He contributed with a stunning 48-ball 95 laced with eight boundaries and half a dozen sixes before perishing with just two required for victory.

His successor to the crease, Tim Seifert could not get bat on ball and ran a bye on the penultimate ball of the innings.

With a single away from triumphing, Ross Taylor could only drag the ball onto the stumps off Mohammed Shami's searing full delivery to send the match into the six-ball shootout.

Another Williamson blitz in the one-over eliminator saw the elegant shot-maker hit a majestic six and a boundary off death-overs specialist Jasprit Bumrah.

Martin Guptill also hit a four to complete New Zealand's excellent recovery in the Super Over.