New Zealand has managed to spill another T20I contest which was within their reach for the major part of the game. India batted first to muster a modest total of 165 runs on the board. The visitors, despite the half-centuries of Colin Munro and Tim Seifert, failed to provide the finishing touch as the last 2 overs by Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur allowed India to tie the game.
With the contest going into the super over, New Zealand batted first to score 13 runs. Thanks to Lokesh Rahul’s fiery start which milked 10 runs of the first 2 balls of Tim Southee, India got the chase covered early. It was finally finished by Virat Kohli by striking a delightful boundary to take India 4-0 up in the five-match series.
However, the gloomy outing had few positives for the hosts including Ish Sodhi’s stunning bowling performance. With a spectacular bowling effort, the spin wizard came across as a really hard opponent for the men in blue and unleashed his bag of tricks to bamboozle India’s batting department. The decision of Kiwis to bowl first against India in the Wellington T20I proved to be a great move as the 27-year old cricketer ran riot to record three wickets. Sodhi claimed price wickets of Lokesh Rahul, Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube to end up with bowing figures of 4-0-26-3. However, Kiwis choked again to throw the game away, much like the last contest.