Another day, another ‘Super Over’. Team India beat New Zealand in the Super Over in the fourth T20I at Wellington to go 4-0 up in the five-match series.
Manish Pandey proved his value in the middle of the innings with an unbeaten 50 off 35 balls, taking India to 165 for eight in 20 overs.
In reply, the Kiwis failed again to reach the target as they faltered in the last two overs.
Needing 11 runs off the last two overs, the match headed into super over as four wickets fell in the final over of the innings.
Colin Munro and Tim Seifert, who scored brilliant fifties in the match, managed to get 13 runs in the Super Over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah.
In reply, KL Rahul scored 10 runs off the first two balls before getting out on the third. Skipper Virat Kohli hit the winning runs with a ball to spare.
Jasprit Bumrah bowled an economical spell as he gave away only 20 runs in four overs while also claiming the wicket of Martin Guptill.
For New Zealand, Ish Sodhi played a pivotal role with the ball returning figures of 3/26 in four overs.
After India took an unassailable lead of 3-0 by winning the third T20I at Seddon Park, Hamilton, Virat Kohli brought in Sanju Samson in place of Rohit Sharma.
India also brought in Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar for Mohammed Shami, Ravindra Jadeja who have been given rest ahead of a long tour in which India will play three ODIs and two Tests.
With the T20 World Cup later this year, the performance of players in T20s is being monitored. Cricket pundits were banking on Sanju Samson to be a replacement for Rishabh Pant.
India now has a chance to whitewash the Kiwis in their own backyard.
India: 165 for 8 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 50; Ish Sodhi 3/26).
New Zealand: 165 for 7 in 20 overs (Colin Munro 64, Tim Seifert 57; Shardul Thakur 2/33).