We will try to win 5-0 against New Zealand: Virat Kohli
Indian captain Virat Kohli is a happy man after seeing his team coming through flying colours at Seddon Park in Hamilton. If there are two players who deserve our praise then it is none other than Mohammed Shami and Rohit Sharma. When two runs were required off the last four balls, Shami picked up important wickets of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor and gave away just one run and it is because of him, the game was dragged till the super over.
As far as super over was concerned, New Zealand batsmen Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill managed to put up a good score of 17 runs off Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling. India won it with the help of Rohit Sharma. When India required 18 runs, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul had to face Tim Southee.
Initially, both batsmen struggled to pick up the pace. When 10 runs were required off the last two balls, Rohit hit two maximums to seal the big deal for Team India, thus winning the T20I series for the first time in New Zealand. India are currently leading the five-match T20I series by 3-0.
Meanwhile, Indian captain Virat Kohli said that they are still looking to win the remaining two games in New Zealand soil. “We will try to win 5-0. There are a couple of guys who are sitting out like Sundar and Saini, they deserve to get a game. The idea is to win the remaining two games,” Kohli said at the post-match presentation.
Talking about the match, Virat Kohli said: “I thought we were gone at one stage. I told our coach that they probably deserved to finish the game off with the way Kane batted and the way he led from the front. We got a wicket at a crucial stage. Shami again showed his experience and put a couple of balls outside the off-stump. On the last ball, we had a discussion and we came to the conclusion that we had to hit the stumps because otherwise there is a single anyway and we are gonna lose the game. Shami went for it, got the wicket and the game turned on its head.
In the super over, New Zealand again put pressure on us. But Rohit was outstanding today, in the first half and in the super over. We knew, if he gets one hit, the bowler will be under pressure because he is such a clean striker of the cricket ball. Overall a top day for us and a beautiful game to be a part of. When Shami bowled those two dot balls, I thought we could probably go to the super over, if we get a wicket.
In the super over, the discussion was that New Zealand will be feeling the pressure as they let the game slip away. Kane came out and played a couple of brilliant shots against Bumrah who is one of the best death-over bowlers in World Cricket. It was just a see-saw game,” Virat Kohli added.