oh Lions have lost it. They are not going for the second. What is de Kock doing? Full toss hit to deep midwicket, but de Kock returns while coming back for the second. The second wasn't on but de Kock had nothing to lose if he had kept on coming. In fact that was the only way they would have won. He stopped midway, and Pretorious is run out. Otago have won despite a second tie because they hit one more boundary than the Lions
What can Pretorious do here? The first ball he is facing in the tiebreaker. Let me tell you, if this Super Over is tied, Otago win the match because they have hit one more boundary than Lions
oh they didn't run the first one hard. Wide full toss, driven hard to deep point, but despite the fumble they are in no position to go for the second. This is dopey cricket
Good news for Lions is, de Kock is on strike
He has recovered. Not the smartest of shots. Slogs hard when a run a ball is required. Nothing special about this delivery either. Just a wide length ball. Somehow, though, Symes mis-hits and offers mid-off an easy catch
Three required off three. Can Nesham recover?
nearly game over. ordinary bowling again. A length ball wide outside off, driven hard down the ground, almost beats mid-off to his left. They get just the single
I scored a hundred. I will score more if required. I will win this game. De Kock is running away with this. Neesham is ordinary again. On a length, not much sting, on the pads, he clears the front leg again and swings him hard over deep square leg
ordinary start from Neesham. Wide length ball, de Kock opens up the front leg, and drives him over cover for four
Oh it's Neesham again. He has been doing it with the bat. They have given the ball to him too. Often when it's your evening, it is your night too. Will it be for Neesham?
De Kock and Symes come out to bat. Fourteen to get off the over. The fine leg is up, the third man is back. Two policemen walk in front of the sight screen as Neesham runs in. He will have to run in again
Somehow Otago have managed a fighting total despite a very good over by Tanvir. Soon it will be over to de Kock and Symes and Pretorious
Who will bowl for Otago? I see Wagner is choosing the ball. I also McMillan is warming up. It could even be Neesham
McCullum improvises. He dances down the wicket to turn this yorker into a low full toss and somehow finds enough power to loft it over wide long-off for six. It was Lions' game until now. Now Otago have a fighting chance
It's been an excellent over so far
another superb yorker, the best Neesham can do with it is to dig it out to mid-off for one
goes wider of the crease and bowls another lovely yorker, which sears in and goes between his legs. They steal a bye, but this is a lovely result for Lions
lovely yorker just outside off. Not too wide, and reducing the room with the angle coming in. At 135ks too. McCullum gets no touch on it. Beaten on the inside edge
Round the wicket goes Tanvir
a length ball outside off, driven hard to mid-off for just the one. Now over to BMac
short, outside off, slower ball picked early, and he has crashed it over cover for four
Oh, what a finish. In the end it all came down to one more boundary hit by Otago, a most cruel way to decide a cricket match. There was nothing separating these teams after the Super Over, but for one extra boundary. Otago's streak stays alive, Lions have a lot to ponder, and we quickly move to the next game. Thanks for joining us
Quotes from the presentation
"It was a brilliant game of cricket," says Brendon McCullum. "Could have gone either way. very fortunate to come on the right side of it. Thanks to a brilliant innings from James Neesham. I wasn't calm. Three dots in the Super Over wouldn't have gone down well. Superb bowling from Tanvir. In the end I managed to get one away. We weren't perfect. We didn't bowl as well as we should, but we will take the points."
"Everyone has their day," says Jimmy Neesham. "I guess today was my day. Did I seem calm? It might just have been on the surface. I think this is the biggest day, will stay in my memory for a while."
As we catch our collective breath, a moment to reflect on how the two big heroes just completely broke down under pressure. First came de Kock the keeper's fumble off the last ball of the regulation match. Then Neesham bowled a pretty ordinary Super Over, bowling four length ball,s three of them wides. Then came two full tosses. He was fortunate that Symes and de Kock lost their heads too. Just hang in for the presentation then
Tuhinanshu: "It was match of two young guns. Neesham and De Kock. It was sad to see De Kock in that state after playing almost the match winning innings in that team but as he said -"That is cricket. It's hard." But Otago's streak is alive. Go Volts :D"
And we had de Kock talking. He must be heart-broken. "It is difficult," he says. "I came here and tried to do my best for the team. It is tough to lose after getting the runs. I finally scored some runs in the subcontinent. I have been working on my game. It was about time it paid off."
Alviro Petersen says, "This is the worst I have seen the Lions bowl. We don't have a lot of international players, we rely on every single player to perform well, but it didn't come together well."
Tanvir to bowl another over. The Super Over is about to begin. I am assuming Brendon McCullum and Jimmy Neesham will bat for Otago. Lions' nominated batsmen are de Kock, Symes and Pretorious. Otago yet to come out of their dressing room. I see Neesham and BMac. Hamish Rutherford is the third man, and not Ryan ten Doeschate
What a result here. Quite incredibly, the regulation wicketkeeper, Thami Tsolikile, had asked Quinton de Kock to stand up to the stumps to prevent the bye. Sohail Tanvir, though, asked him to go back. De Kock still couldn't collect it cleanly. And it was de Kock whose century gave Lions that fighting total
Tanvir fires it in, and Wagner fails to hit the ball, but the keeper is unable to take it cleanly, so the pair run the fumble to guarantee a SuperOver. Our first of the competition. Hold on to your hats folks, we are in for yet another thriller
2 off 1. Super Over is imminent. All kinds of conferences are being made. A lot riding on this for Otago as they look for their 15th win. Keeper looking to get up to the stumps to prevent a single. This is what T20s are all about
Wagner able to loft this full and wide delivery behind square on the off side, beating the fielders inside the ring, as the pair complete two
slower ball again, outside off, and Wagner fails to make a connection. Equation now 4 off 2
full and wide and Neesham able to get a bat on it to squirt through the off side for a single. 4 now needed off 3 balls
slower ball from Tanvir outside off and Neesham misses it. Some drama we have here!
Neesham takes this low full toss and slams this over the long on boundary for a six, just beating the fielder who tries to catch it, but ends up hitting it over himself
Tanvir to bowl the final over. Neesham on strike
Raju Singh Dhoni: "looks like there are many big things coming up for nz cricket :)"
shortish delivery and Wagner looks to hammer this out of Rajasthan, but misses the ball completely
full around the leg stump and Wagner able to clip this behind square for a couple
full again and Neesham clips this through midwicket for a single
full and around off stump. Neesham tries to drill this through the gap between mid off and cover, but finds mid off, refusing the run
Wilfred Hickenshire: "I think the Volts will sneak home, but I'd be a lot more at ease if it was C.McMillan waiting in the dugout instead of his cousin James!"
WHAT A SHOT!!! Neesham slams this length ball with a lovely pickup shot over the square leg boundary. Equation has been reduced to 14 off 10 balls.
full and just outside as Neesham is unable to get it away
Vic: ""The dangerous Buttler" -- sounds like Agatha Christie". 20 off 12 and Viljoen to bowl his final over
Neesham tentatively chips this over midwicket, and is able to keep the strike with a single
slower length ball which Neesham lofts over midwicket for a couple
Neesham works this away through to deep midwicket
And the giant screen says Thunder Volt
back of a length and Neesham plays a lovely pickup shot behind square leg for a much-needed six. 25 off 15. Suddenly things have changed
back of a length and Wagner able to squirt this through the off side
Tanvir still has this over and another to go, so the chances for Otago are looking rather slim. Neil Wagner is the new batsman
and straight away he does the business with a slower delivery, delivered at 108kph, with the ball cutting in to hit the leg stump. On target and the dangerous Butler goes
Sohail Tanvir is back into the attack
Wojciech: "Extras is now the third run-scorer for Otago"
fuller length which Neesham elegantly paddles from outside off to the leg side, to beat a short fine leg to the boundary
full and wide and Neesham gets a lucky edge through third man for a boundary, with Neesham sporting a sheepish smile after