After back-to-back defeats against India, New Zealand was expected to come hard in the Hamilton T20I and they did so. However, the quality of the men in blue edged past New Zealand’s resolve to rewrite the history books.
In an epic counter, which included a plethora of seesaw moments, India was invited to bat first by New Zealand after the hosts won the toss. The visitors mustered 179 runs which was matched by Kiwis as a result of skipper Kane Williamson’s iconic batting outing. This saw the game going to super over where Blackcaps scored 17 runs and looked favorites to win.
It was all going well for New Zealand as India got only 8 runs of the first 4 balls, needing 10 of the last two. However, explosive opening batsman Rohit Sharma stood tall against all the adversity to smash consecutive sixes against paceman Tim Southee. Hence, India ended up already pocketing the five-match series despite having 2 games in bag.
With this, skipper Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to beat New Zealand at their home in a T20I series. Knowing the quality of Kiwi side, it comes as a fantastic achievement for a cricketer who already sits as a legend in the cricketing world.