New Zealand’s horrid run in Super Over‘s continued as they lost yet another against India during the fourth T20I at Wellington on Friday. Batting first, India scored 165 for eight in their 20 overs. The Blackcaps were in control of the chase throughout but lost the plot in the final stages of the match, similar to what happened in the 3rd T20I two days before at Hamilton.
Wellington Super Over
Needing seven to win from the last over, India gave Shardul Thakur the responsibility to defend the meagre score and make a match out of it and he managed to do that as the hosts crumbled, losing four wickets – three picked by Thakur and one to a runout.
New Zealand managed six runs, levelling with India’s score, pushing the game to the second consecutive Super Over of the series. In the Super Over, Jasprit Bumrah was once again given the responsibility and he did a good job, conceding 13 runs, picking up a wicket.
Needing 14 to win, in-form opener KL Rahul and skipper Virat Kohli walked out to bat. Rahul got things started with a six off the very first ball from New Zealand’s stand-in captain Tim Southee. He hit a pull shot over short fine leg to pick up a boundary and bring the target within reach. Off the third ball, he was dismissed trying to finish the game, caught at deep square off another pull
Kohli brought in his experience to the fore by dropping the fourth ball – a back of length delivery – towards a vacant mid-on and ran two, before finding the gap through midwicket to hit the winning runs.
This was also New Zealand’s seventh loss in eight T20I games and their third loss in the last two months. On the other hand, India has now played two T20I Super Overs, winning both.
Hamilton Super Over
On Wednesday, skipper Williamson’s belligerent 95 off 48 balls helped NZ bring the game down to the wire. It was two needed off four balls when he departed. The hosts could not score two runs and the game ended in a tie. In the Super Over, NZ batted first and scored 17 runs. Chasing 18 to win, India looked in a spot of bother needing 10 off two balls. That is when Sharma, who had earlier hit a brilliant 65 off 40 balls, smashed two sixes to seal the game and the series for India.
New Zealand’s torrid Luck in Super Overs
The first-ever T20I match to be decided via Super Over featured New Zealand. They were hosting West Indies on 26 December 2008 in Eden Park, Auckland. West Indies edged out the hosts back then. The match ended up in a tie after both sides scored 155. In the Super Over, West Indies smashed 25, whereas the Kiwis could only muster 15 runs.
The second-ever Super Over also involved the Blackcaps, but this time their opposition was Australia and the match was played on 28th February 2010 at Christchurch.
After 20 overs, there was no winner and the game was tied. Both sides scored 214 runs and in the Super Over, the Kiwis scored nine and restricted Australia to six, eking out a memorable win.
In two years time, on 27th September 2012, the Kiwis again encountered a Super Over in a World T20 clash against Sri Lanka in Kandy. Both the sides scored 174 and there was a Super Over scenario, and this time – the Lankans scored 13 for one, whereas all New Zealand could register was seven for one – that meant they lost.
Late last year on 10th November 2019, New Zealand once again faced a Super Over, this time against England, a team that had edged them out in a similar scenario in the ICC Cricket World Cup a few months back. Unfortunately, history repeated itself as they lost after scoring 146. In the Super Over, England scored 17, whereas the Kiwis scored merely eight runs.