Rohit Sharma refused to take credit for India’s thrilling win in the third T20I against New Zealand at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday. The Indian vice-captain modest as ever credited Mohammed Shami for the victory.
The 29-year-old Shami picked up the wickets of experienced New Zealand campaigners, Kane Williamson (95) and Ross Taylor (17), while defending 9 runs in his final over.
“I think Mohammed Shami’s last over was crucial, and actually that got us the victory. Not my two sixes. It was Shami’s over where we defended nine runs. It’s not easy with the dew,” Rohit said at the post-match press conference.
“The wicket settling in nicely and two set batsmen out there as well. One batsman was batting on 95, and their most experienced player was at the other end. Hats off to Shami to bowl that over and get us back into the game and into the Super Over.”
The Super Over brought Martin Guptill and Williamson back on the pitch who together scored 17 off six from India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Responding to the chase, KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma took on the charge on the pitch facing Black Caps speedster Tim Southee.
A relatively competitive start from the duo – Rohit’s 2 and 1, KL Rahul’s 4 and 1, and ending the suspense with two back to back sixes by Hitman.
This ended the nail-biting thriller – India successfully scoring 20/0 (18 needed to win) in the Super Over.