IND vs NZ Wellington T20I: The T20 match will be played between India and New Zealand (IND vs NZ) in Wellington today. Both the teams had clashed on this ground exactly 33 months ago. Then the Indian team, standing on the verge of defeat, converted their defeat into a tie in the last over. New Zealand needed only 7 runs in the last over and had 7 wickets in hand, still they could not win.
In this match held on 31 January 2020, New Zealand won the toss and chose to bowl first. Kiwi bowlers made Sanju Samson (8) walk in the second over. From here, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli started fast batting, but as soon as Kohli (11) returned to the pavilion on a total of 48, there was a flurry of wickets. Coming to 88 runs, 6 wickets fell. Manish Pandey scored an unbeaten half-century to take his team to 165 runs in the allotted overs.
In response to the target of 166 runs, Martin Guptill (4) soon returned to the pavilion. But after this, Colin Munro and Tim Seifert shared a quick 74-run partnership to make New Zealand’s way to victory easier. Here Colin Munro was dismissed after scoring 64 runs and immediately after him Tom Bruce (0) also walked. From here Siefert and Ross Taylor took New Zealand to the edge of victory.
Thrill of the last over
In the last over, New Zealand needed 7 runs to win and had 7 wickets left. Tim Seifert (57) and Ross Taylor (24) were present at the crease. Here Shardul Thakur got Ross Taylor caught out on his very first ball. After this, on the next ball, new batsman Daryl Match hit him for a big four. Now 3 runs were required off 4 balls. The third ball was empty, on which Mitchell tried to steal a single and the result was the run out of Tim Siefert.
Now three runs were needed on three balls. Mitchell Santner took 1 run on the fourth ball. Daryl Mitchell again failed to hit the shot on the fifth ball and was run out for stealing runs. Now two runs were needed on the last ball of the match. Here Mitchell Santner hit the shot and also completed a quick run but he could not complete the second run and was run out. Thus this exciting match ended in a tie.