India opener Rohit Sharma once again flexed his white-ball domination in the third T20I against New Zealand. Hamilton was in for a treat as both the sides plucked some biggies as the hosts ended up leveling the scores after their allotted 20 overs.
The game moved to the Super Over and Rohit followed up his 40-ball 65 with back-to-back sixes to help India clinch their maiden T20I series against New Zealand. In the process, he equaled Virat Kohli’s 24 50-plus scores in the shortest format of the game. The India vice-captain is one of the few cricketers with 100-plus T20I games under the belt. The elegant batter has amassed 2713 runs in 107 games at an average of 31.92. He has four hundreds and 20 fifties to show for it. Kohli, on the other hand, has 24 fifties in mere 80 games at a staggering average of 51. 54.
Rohit joins Kohli in an elite league
While Kohli is yet to get to the magical three-figure mark in T20I, Rohit is the only cricketer with 4 tons so far. The right-hand batsman laced six fours and three sixes, en-route to a 40-ball 65. He along with KL Rahul provided a quick-fire start and helped India get to 179/5. The Kiwis were lifted by a herculean effort by Kane Williamson. The skipper hit a magnificent 48-ball 95. With 2 runs needing off 4 balls, Williamson was dismissed and the hosts failed to score the winning runs.
Batting first in the Super Over, the Blackcaps hit 17 runs and set a tricky chase for the visitors. Rohit and Rahul failed to hit a boundary in the first four deliveries and with 10 to get off 2 balls, the chips were down. But Rohit had other plans as he launched Tim Southee for two maximums to script a fairytale finish.