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’.
Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams threatened to make a late comeback before Neesham put on a splendid all-round performance to help New Zealand win the second T20I against Australia by four runs at University Oval in Dunedin on Thursday.
Neesham first impressed with the bat, belting six sixes in a brutal 16 ball knock and then delivered one of the most breath-taking overs. Neesham conceded only 10 runs, with four dot balls, including two wickets of Sams (41 off 15) and Stoinis (78 off 37) to take his side over the finish line.
“It was the exact equation, was it? I wondered how the World Cup would come up today,” Jimmy 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,” Neesham was quick to say.
“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.”