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On This Day – January 29, 2020: Rohit Super Over Special Helps India Seal T20I Series in New Zealand

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Bennett picked three wickets but was hammered for 54 in his 4 overs. Ish Sodhi was the pick of the New Zealand bowlers giving away just 23 runs in his 4 overs.

Colin Munro and Martin Guptill gave the home team a fine start before the latter was dismissed by Shardul Thakur for a quickfire 31 off just 21 deliveries. From then on, it was a one-man show with skipper, Williamson taking control of the chase and showing his class. He smashed a magnificent 95 off just 48 deliveries hammering 8 fours and 6 sixes and almost took New Zealand to a win single-handedly. But there was drama at the very death!

The hosts were favourite to win with 9 needed off the final over. Ross Taylor blasted Mohammed Shami for a six off the very first delivery. Three off five balls and two of their very best at the crease – it was New Zealand’s game to lose! And they did exactly that. With just two needed off the last four deliveries, Shami saw the back of Williamson off the third ball of the over. Tim Seifert missed the fourth delivery of the over. Two were still needed off as many deliveries. The penultimate ball fetched a bye. The scores were level. And then it happened! Taylor inside-edged the last ball of the over onto his stumps – the match ended in a thrilling tie!

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Williamson and Guptill took 17 off the Super Over bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. New Zealand were favourites. Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul came out to bat for India. The equation was reduced to 15 off 4 deliveries to be bowled by the experienced Tim Southee. Surely New Zealand had the match wrapped up. No!

Rahul got a boundary off the third delivery and then gave the strike to Rohit leaving him 10 to get off the final two balls. BANG! Six over wide long on. BANG! Six inside-out over long-off. Rohit Sharma had done it for India. They had sealed the series 3-0. Rohit lived up to his reputation of one of the greatest batsmen in limited overs cricket history!​

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