In Hamilton, India won the third T20I as well as the series following a remarkable finish. The match went to super over where New Zealand could not defend 17-run target. To bowl the one-over eliminator, Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was an obvious choice. After the match, India’s limited over vice-captain Rohit Sharma reveals the mindset behind giving Bumrah the ball to bowl the super over.
At Seddon Park, the speedster had an off day as he proved to be expensive. He gave away 45 runs in the four overs he bowled. But then also Virat Kohli after discussing with the head coach Ravi Shastri gave the ball to the yorker king in the super over which also proved too expensive.
Rohit Sharma cited the reason to back Jasprit Bumrah:
In the super over, Bumrah conceded 17 runs. On strike, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson had whacked him all over the ground. In the post-match conference, Rohit revealed why the team management had decided to back Bumrah.
“Super Over you can’t really plan what to do. You have to assess what’s happened on that day,” Rohit told reporters after the end of the match. “And you send your best players. Bumrah has been one of the key players in terms of our bowling. There was no choice but there was little confused about whether to go with Shami or maybe Jadeja because the ball was gripping.”
Mohammed Shami had also a brilliant day. In final over, he defended nine runs as he took the wickets of two set batsmen-Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor. While Ravindra Jadeja had also good bowling figures. He conceded 23 runs in four overs with an economy rate of 5.8 and also picked one wicket.
However, Rohit Sharma’s last two sixes in the last two balls while chasing 18 runs in super over, gave the victory to India. Also, it’s a first-ever T20I series win for Virat Kohli and Co. against New Zealand in New Zealand. Although there are two games still left to be played in the five-match T20I series.