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3rd T20I (N), Hamilton, Jan 29 2020, India tour of New Zealand
179/5
(20 ov, target 180)179/6
Match tied (India won the one-over eliminator)
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• The Report by Alagappan Muthu

Kane Williamson 95 in vain as Rohit Sharma bosses it in the Super Over

A fantastic game finally ended in heart-breaking fashion for New Zealand as they conceded the series

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Scorer: Chandan Duorah
Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
India179/5(20 overs)
New Zealand179/6(20 overs)
end of over 120 runs
INDIA: 20/0CRR: 20.00 

12.20am Virat Kohli: "I thought at one stage, we were gone. The way Kane was batting, on 95. Feel bad for him, I know what it's like to play those knocks when things don't go your way. Last ball we had a discussion, we had to hit the stumps because if you don't, it's a single anyway. Rohit was outstanding, both in our innings, and the last two balls as well. We knew if he got one hit, the bowler was under pressure immediately. We'll try to [win 5-0] but it's important to give a couple of the others some game time as well. We want to see how they do in these conditions, someone like Washington Sundar, or Saini."

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Kane Williamson: "Super Overs haven't been too good for us, so we probably need to try and do better in regular time. It was a much better performance all round. We fought back well with the ball after their start. Both sides maximised the slightly shorter side towards the scoreboard. Pretty disappointing, losing after an effort like that, but it's a game of small margins. Throughout the three balls, we've seen India, with their experience, stand up in the big moments, and we must learn from them. It was nice to spend some time in the middle, build some partnerships with the guys, and try and take the game deep."

Rohit Sharma is the Player of the Match. "Never batted in a Super Over before. Didn't know what to expect, whether to go from the first ball or take a single and see what I can do. It was a good performance, although I'm a little disappointed with the way I got out, I wanted to carry on for a while longer. We knew that if we won this game, we would win this series. It was important for the important members of the side to step up today."

Venky: "Not even a single kiwis looked comfortable other than Williamson in this pitch and he nearly scored a century at a strike of nearly 200. This is easily one of the best t20 innings we would ever see. Unfortunately it will be forgotten quickly just because he ended up in the losing side."

Lakesidey: "Who said Kane Williamson can't bat at T20 speeds? He Kan and he Will."

Rahul Sargam: "What else this man should do (Williamson 95 and 11*) ? Sad to see them as a losing side even being an Indian. What a match it was, great game. Feeling sorry for NZ and their fans. Ro-hit did it."

Abhishek: "Do you like super overs? New Zealand- Yes!!"

11.53pm What entertainment. And such clear-eyed execution from Rohit Sharma right at the end. Both he and Williamson played innings today that defied conditions that weren't exactly perfect to bat in, and neither deserved to end up on the losing side, but tied T20 games, for some reason, are a no-no.

0.6
6
Southee to Rohit Sharma, SIX runs

Full, angling into middle and off, and again Southee has failed to deny Rohit elevation. It's the perfect length for Rohit to step forward, get his front leg away from the line, and loft inside-out over the long-off boundary. Amazing shot to win it for India. They've wrapped up the series win too

Amazing scenes here. Four to win. Three to tie. If I weren't commentating on this game, I wouldn't mind an endless sequence of tied Super Overs. Big discussions between Southee and Williamson.

0.5
6
Southee to Rohit Sharma, SIX runs

Rohit Sharma. He's one of the foremost six-hitters in the world, and Southee misses his yorker. Ends up close to half-volley length, and he clears his front leg and launches it over the wide long-on boundary

Ten off two. It's all up to Rohit now.

0.4
1
Southee to Rahul, 1 run

Rahul was looking to make himself some room, and Southee fires it full at his feet. Swiped down to long-on, just a single

0.3
4
Southee to Rahul, FOUR runs

and Rahul still finds the leg-side boundary! Low full-toss outisde off, and Rahul steps across his stumps, and sweeps into the gap between fine leg and deep square leg

15 to win from four balls. Fine leg, deep square leg, deep midwicket, long-on, long-off are the fielders back

0.2
1
Southee to Rohit Sharma, 1 run

in the blockhole on off stump. Slogs again, and drags it to deep square leg off the inside half of the bat

0.1
2
Southee to Rohit Sharma, 2 runs

length ball close to off stump, and Rohit slogs across the line. Drags it along the ground, off the inside half of the bat, towards deep midwicket. There's some hesitation from Rahul in going for the second run, but the throw goes to the wrong end, the keeper's. Seifert fumbles anyway

Tim Southee will bowl for New Zealand, it looks like. Who'll open for India? Rohit Sharma, surely. And Rahul? Kohli? It's Rohit and Rahul.

end of over 117 runs
NZ: 17/0CRR: 17.00 

11.40pm New Zealand finish with 17. An excellent recovery after picking up just singles off the first two balls. Bumrah's slightly off-colour day continues

0.6
4
Bumrah to Guptill, FOUR runs

low full-toss on off stump, and Guptill finishes with a boundary. Clears his front leg, makes a bit of hitting room, and swipes it into the gap between deep midwicket and long-on

0.5
1b
Bumrah to Williamson, 1 bye

shortish outside off, and Williamson, backing away to try and cut, slashes and misses. They sneak a bye, and Rahul misses with another rolled throw

0.4
4
Bumrah to Williamson, FOUR runs

brilliant. Looks to make room, and Bumrah follows him with a full-toss on leg stump. Just scoops it, with a straight bat, up and over mid-off

0.3
6
Bumrah to Williamson, SIX runs

shot. He's played this shot brilliantly all day, and he does it again. Steps across to the full-pace length ball outside off stump, and hoicks it away over the square leg boundary

0.2
1
Bumrah to Guptill, 1 run

full-toss, about stump high, on off stump. Flat-batted with no timing, down to long-off

0.1
1
Bumrah to Williamson, 1 run

full, angling into middle stump, swings across the line and hits it in the air, on the bounce, to deep midwicket. Didn't really time it.

11.32pm Alright then. Who's going to deliver India's Super Over? Looks like it'll be Bumrah. Williamson and Martin Guptill will open for New Zealand. Remember: if the Super Over is tied, there will be another Super Over. Williamson is on strike. deep point, long-on, fine leg, deep midwicket, and deep square leg are on the boundary.

end of over 208 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 179/6CRR: 8.95 
Tim Seifert0 (2)
Mohammed Shami4-0-32-2
Jasprit Bumrah4-0-45-0

Vivek Shyamala: "NZ are ahead with the number of boundaries here. seems like they have learnt their lessons."

11.29pm Think back to three balls ago. Kane Williamson on strike on 95, with New Zealand needing two off four balls. Would anyone have imagined what happened next? Williamson is helmeted up again, already, ready to come in to face the Super Over.

19.6
W
Shami to Taylor, OUT

bowled him, this is going into a Super Over! What a finish. Full outside off, almost in the blockhole, around fiftth-stump in line. Taylor looks to slog into the leg side, and inside-edges into his stumps.

Ross Taylor b Mohammed Shami 17 (23m 10b 1x4 1x6) SR: 170

The scores are tied. Could this go into a Super Over? Only fine leg is back now as everyone else comes up to savde the single.

19.5
1b
Shami to Seifert, 1 bye

another play and miss! Another short ball outside off, and the bounce is steep once more. Seifert is off his feet, looking to slash, but the bounce beats his edge. Taylor immediately sets off for the bye, Seifert responds, and Rahul, rolling the ball to the stumps at his end, misses

19.4
Shami to Seifert, no run

short outside off. The field was set for the short ball. It was there for the slash, but this is a new batsman, and he's a little late on it and he misses

Well, well. Two off three balls. Tim Seifert arrives at the crease. A dot ball will amp up the pressure on him. third man and fine leg are back. Mid-off is up.

19.3
W
Shami to Williamson, OUT

gone! Out of nowhere! Shami bangs in a short ball outside off stump. He has a gully in place, and there's a gap between that fielder and the keeper. Looks to dab it there, but doesn't get enough on it, and Rahul can fall to his right and snap up the edge near his right shoulder

Kane Williamson c †Rahul b Mohammed Shami 95 (68m 48b 8x4 6x6) SR: 197.92

Two to win, Williamson is on 95. Can he...

19.2
1
Shami to Taylor, 1 run

looks for the blockhole now, just outside off, whipped to long-on

19.1
6
Shami to Taylor, SIX runs

probably not. Full-toss, angling into off stump, and Taylor clears his front leg and muscles this all the way over the leg-side boundary, to the right of deep midwicket

New Zealand need nine. Can Mohammed Shami deny them?

end of over 1911 runs
NZ: 171/4CRR: 9.00 • RRR: 9.00 • Need 9 from 6b
Ross Taylor10 (7)
Kane Williamson95 (47)
Jasprit Bumrah4-0-45-0
Yuzvendra Chahal4-0-36-1
18.6
1
Bumrah to Taylor, 1 run

full on off stump, whipped to deep midwicket, and New Zealand need nine off the last over to win this.

18.5
1
Bumrah to Williamson, 1 run

in the blockhole again, on off stump. Jabbed to backward point

18.4
4
Bumrah to Williamson, FOUR runs

shot! Bumrah had sent fine leg back, and he more or less nailed this middle-and-leg yorker. Williamson steps across, flicks - if he misses, he's bowled - and beats the diving fine leg fielder to his right

18.3
1
Bumrah to Taylor, 1 run

near-yorker on middle stump, clipped to the left of deep backward square leg

18.2
4
Bumrah to Taylor, FOUR runs

bam. Well done by Taylor. Another full-pace length ball, but Taylor has shuffled across in advance to be able to take it from outside off stump and whip it to the forward square leg boundary

18.1
Bumrah to Taylor, no run

not this ball. Taylor must have expected the slower ball, but he got the full-pace length ball in the corridor, Test-match style. A bit of leg-cut, and it beats his outside edge as he looks to drive into the covers

Third man and fine leg inside the circle for Bumrah. We'll probably see lots of slower ones.

Danish: "Feel like Chahal has done his part in his last over. Bumrah and Shami somehow have to gather themselves (esp. Bumrah) and keep it together for another 5 minutes each!"

end of over 189 runs
NZ: 160/4CRR: 8.88 • RRR: 10.00 • Need 20 from 12b
Ross Taylor4 (3)
Kane Williamson90 (45)
Yuzvendra Chahal4-0-36-1
Jasprit Bumrah3-0-34-0

Nine off the over, which is quite excellent under the circumstances. Keeps India in the game, just.

17.6
1
Chahal to Taylor, 1 run

full-toss on middle and leg, whipped to deep backward square leg

17.5
1
Chahal to Williamson, 1 run

shortish on middle stump, slides on to cramp Williamson on the pull. Hits it uppishly, but it lands well short of the man at deep midwicket

17.4
2
Chahal to Williamson, 2 runs

shortish legbreak wide of off stump, flat-batted to the right of the cover sweeper. They run two, and Jadeja, aiming for the keeper's end, throws too wide to put any pressure on the batsmen

17.3
2
Chahal to Williamson, 2 runs

flighted ball on leg stump, swept to the left of deep square leg

17.2
1
Chahal to Taylor, 1 run

tossed up slightly wide of off. Looks to sweep but it's a little too full, and he drags it along the ground into the backward square leg region, off the bottom edge

17.1
2
Chahal to Taylor, 2 runs

flat slider on middle stump, goes deep in his crease and works it into the vacant midwicket region. Perfect weight on the shot to pick up two runs by the time the fielder comes in off the boundary

Twenty-nine to get now. What a time for Chahal to bowl his last over, with the new batsman on strike.

end of over 1714 runs
NZ: 151/4CRR: 8.88 • RRR: 9.67 • Need 29 from 18b
Kane Williamson85 (42)
Ross Taylor0 (0)
Jasprit Bumrah3-0-34-0
Shardul Thakur3-0-21-2
16.6
2
Bumrah to Williamson, 2 runs

yorker on middle and leg this time, clipped towards square leg. The fielder there, moving to his left, picks up and throws at the bowler's end, misses, and concedes an overthrow

16.5
Bumrah to Williamson, no run

off-stump yorker, almost perfectly executed, and Williamson jams his bat down and jabs it back to the bowler

Best performances - batsmen
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95 runs (48)
8 fours
6 sixes
Control88%
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13 runs
1 fours
0 sixes
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RG Sharma
65 runs (40)
6 fours
3 sixes
Control82%
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12 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
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Best performances - bowlers
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HK Bennett
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Match details
Seddon Park, Hamilton
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of New Zealand
Season2019/20
Player Of The Match
Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberT20 No. 1035
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50-23.20
Match days29 January 2020 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Chris Brown
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Shaun Haig
TV Umpire
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Kim Cotton
Reserve Umpire
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John Dempsey
Match Referee
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Chris Broad