New Zealand series is teaching Virat Kohli to keep calm

India targeting T20 whitewash

Virat Kohli India vs Australia 2013

India skipper Virat Kohli says the recent T20Is against New Zealand have taught him the importance of keeping cool under pressure.

Kohli’s men made it 4-0 when they overcame New Zealand in Wellington on Friday.

The visitors needed another super over to seal the success after the score ended tied for the second successive match.

New Zealand had once more looked set for the win when needing just seven to win from their final over.

However, Shardul Thakur was able to restrict them to six and send the contest to a one-over eliminator.

Once more it was India that came out on top as KL Rahul and Kohli saw them over the finishing line.

They are now targeting a whitewash when the sides meet for the fifth and final T20I on Sunday.

India are priced at 1.62 (8/13) with bet365 to complete the clean sweep in Tauranga. New Zealand can be backed at 2.30 (13/10) to pick up a consolation victory.

Keeping calm was key for Kohli

The India captain hailed the character of his team after back-to-back super over wins.

He said: “There’s something new I’ve learned in the last couple of games: when the opposition is playing well, you stay calm till the end and try to come back.

“We couldn’t have asked for more exciting games, we’ve never played Super Overs before and now we’ve won two. It shows the character of the team.

“Initially we thought of opening with Samson and KL in the Super Over, but then KL told me I should bat because of the experience and the options I’ll bring.

“His two strikes were crucial and then you knock the ball into the gap and takes your team over the line.

“Sanju was fearless at the top of the order, we didn’t quite read the pitch that well.

“He tried to take the momentum away, he should back himself. Saini was impressive with his pace again. We were very proud with the way we went about it.”

Tough to take for Southee

It was a different story for stand-up Black Caps captain Tim Southee.

He took over the role due to an injury to Kane Williamson but was left disappointed to suffer another close-run loss.

He added: “It’s very tough especially in the positions we put ourselves into. We gave them a chance and they took them with both hands.

“We have a young bowling attack and, it is tough, when you haven’t won and you play against a quality opposition in India, give them a sniff and make it tough for yourselves.”

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