The brilliance of Shradul Thakur and captain Virat Kohli brought India back into the game against New Zealand on Friday. India subsequently won the match after it went to a Super Over, for the second time in the ongoing five-match series.
The runout helped the Men in Blue to break the dangerous-looking stand between opener Colin Munro and wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert, with the opener departing after scoring 64 off 47 balls.
In the 12th over of the second innings, Munro and his partner tried to steal a double after the ball was smocked towards the sweeper cover. However, Thakur sprinted to gather the ball and threw it to Kohli, who hit the stumps directly at the striker’s end to dismiss Munro.
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Soon after Munro’s departure, Tom Bruce was also sent packing for a duck by Yuzvendra Chahal, which reduced New Zealand to 97/3 at the end of 12.1 overs.
Seifert and Ross Taylor then added 62 runs for the fourth wicket. But with seven required of the last over, four New Zealand batsmen were dismissed, pushing the contest into Super Over.
Chasing 14 to win in the Super Over, in-form batsman KL Rahul gave India a solid start as he smashed a six and a boundary off the first two balls. Kohli then completed the proceedings in style as he smashed another boundary of the fifth ball to take India over the line.