India snatched the fourth Twenty20 against New Zealand on Friday after yet another Super Over was needed to separate the two sides after the scores were tied following the regulation 20 overs.
New Zealand, batting first in the decider, made 13 with Tim Seifert dropped twice before he was eventually dismissed. In reply, Indian captain Virat Kohli hit the winning runs with a ball to spare.
The third match also ended in a super over with Rohit Sharma hitting sixes off the last two balls to get India home.
“What’s happened in the last two games is unbelievable,” Kohli said. “It feels good when you are out of the game and then somehow find a way to come back and that shows the character of the team.”
The win puts India 4-0 up in the five match series with New Zealand stand-in captain Tim Southee not happy that his side could not wrap the game up in the 20 overs.
New Zealand, chasing India’s 165 for eight, went into their last over only needing seven runs to win and with seven wickets in hand.
However, they were restricted to six runs and lost four wickets to finish 165 for seven and set up the Super Over.
Scores in brief
India: 165 for 8 in 20 overs (Rahul 39, Pandey 50 not out, Thakur 20; Bennett 2-41, Sodhi 3-26)
New Zealand: 165 for 7 in 20 overs (Munro 64, Seifert 57, Taylor 24; Thakur 2-33)
Result: Match tied, India won Super Over decider and lead the 5-match series 4-0.
Player-of-the-match: Shardul Thakur.