James Neesham Who Scores 16-Ball 45 And Defends 15 Runs In Last Over Against Australia
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James Neesham Who Scores 16-Ball 45 And Defends 15 Runs In Last Over Against Australia

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DUNEDIN, NEW ZEALAND - FEBRUARY 25: Jimmy Neesham of New Zealand bats during game two of the International T20 series between New Zealand and Australia at University of Otago Oval on February 25, 2021 in Dunedin, New Zealand. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

James Neesham, a New Zealand all-rounder helped the hosts seal a narrow win over Australia by defending 15 runs successfully in the final over of 2nd T20I.

New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham stopped Australia from scoring 15 runs in the final over of 2nd T20I which was coincidentally the exact same equation as the 2019 World Cup Super Over and ‘wondered how the World Cup would come up today’.

james Neesham[photo: Inside Sport]
James Neesham[photo: Inside Sport]

James Neesham Wondered How The 2019 World Cup Super Over Would Come Up As It Was The Same Equation

Australian batsmen Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams threatened to make a late comeback before all-rounder James Neesham put on a splendid performance with both bat and ball to help New Zealand clinch victory in the second T20I against Australia by four runs at University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday.

James Neesham first impressed with the bat, belting six sixes in a brutal 16 ball knock scoring an unbeaten 45, and then delivered one of the most breath-taking final over where he conceded only 10 runs including four dot balls with two wickets of Daniel Sams (41 off 15) and Marcus Stoinis (78 off 37) to take his side over the finish line.

Marcus Stoinis (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
Marcus Stoinis (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

“It was the exact equation, was it? I wondered how the World Cup would come up today,” James Neesham said.

“That would’ve been nice. But no, I didn’t know about that at the time, it’s not something you really think about, you’re probably in a little bit of trouble if you’re at the top of your mark thinking about the World Cup final when you’re trying to bowl the last ball of a T20, but I was just trying to keep it simple and bowl yorkers.

“Never loved it more,” James Neesham was quick to say.

James Neesham bowled only a solitary over as the likes of Kyle Jamieson and Ish Sodhi were too expensive. Mitchell Santner picked 4 scalps conceding only 31 runs.

James Neesham Had Dinner With Spinner Ish Sodhi

Going through a lean patch, Martin Guptill slammed a whirlwind 97 off just 50 balls to steer New Zealand to 219 runs in the allotted 20 overs against Australia in the second T20I. The Kiwi batsman hit eight sixes and six fours during his sensational knock.

Martin Guptill gestures to the crowd after being dismissed for 97
Martin Guptill gestures to the crowd after being dismissed for 97 – AP

“I had dinner with (Black Caps leg spinner) Ish Sodhi and we talked about how we’ve both come through some trials and tribulations and he’s obviously had his issues with his action and he was obviously coming through them at the same time.

“We’ve played a lot of cricket together and spent a lot of time together and we were just sort of talking about how much we’ve enjoyed each other’s success and hopefully it can continue for more years yet.”

In reply to New Zealand’s mammoth 219, Australia got off to a promising solid start as the visitors smashed 33 runs from the first three overs. But pacer Tim Southee removed opener and keeper, Matthew Wade, in the fourth over to halt Australia’s chase.

But the visitors continued to bat without taking risks and seven overs into the chase, Australia was 64/1 before Ish Sodhi dismissed skipper Aaron Finch on the last ball of the eight over. Aaron Finch’s dismissal triggered a middle-order collapse which saw Australia losing wickets at regular intervals. The visitors were soon found reeling at 113/6 before Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams came out firing on all cylinders.

The duo stitched a 92-run stand for the seventh wicket in just 37 balls but New Zealand held their nerve in the final over to prevail. Marcus Stoinis (78 off 37) and Daniel Sams (41 off 15) combined for a record seventh-wicket T20I partnership of 92 runs.