This is not the first time Arshdeep has bowled badly in the last over. He has bowled this badly before. Interestingly, he gave away only 2 runs in the 18th over and also took 2 wickets in the same over. It seemed then that the New Zealand team would only reach 160 runs. But in the last over, Arshdeep was washed out.
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Arshdeep bowled a no ball on the first ball and Dirrell Mitchell hit a six. He scored 23 runs off the next 3 balls hitting 2 sixes and 1 four. 4 runs were given in the last 3 balls. After this poor over, Arshdeep made an unwanted record to his name. The Indian bowler has become the highest scorer in the 20th over in international T20 cricket. Earlier this unwanted record was held by Suresh Raina. He had conceded 26 runs in the 20th over. Skipper Hardik Pandya gave chances to seven bowlers, including only 1 over to Umran Malik. Arshdeep bowled 5 no balls in two overs in the match against Sri Lanka in Pune.
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Big mistake in batting too
India’s leading batsmen were quickly dismissed. Then Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya and Washington Sundar brought the team back into the match. India needed 50 off the last 18 balls and Sundar was hitting well. Kuldeep was dismissed on the first ball of the 18th over and Arshdeep came to bat in his place. His job was to take a run and give a strike to Sudan. But he couldn’t get a single run off Lockie Ferguson’s 5 balls. The 18th over ended in a draw. Team India needed 50 runs in 12 balls. Sundar then scored 29 runs. Had Sundar got a strike in the 18th over, the outcome of the match would have been different.