Intruders breach the security twice during fourth T20I between New Zealand and India
The incident happened during the second over of New Zealand’s run-chase when an intruder dodged the security to enter the field.
Updated - Jan 31, 2020 7:46 pm
One of the most common sights on a cricket field in the good old days of the 20th century was the fans intruding the field. With so much of security around a cricket ground, these days the sight of seeing a normal or a streaker running onto the cricket field to meet their favourite cricketers have become a rarity.
Sometimes the unrelenting desire to meet their favourite cricketers tends to break all the shackles of security is concerned. And, we got to see that not once, but twice on the Westpac Stadium in Wellington during what turned out to be another nerve-jangler of a T20I between India and New Zealand.
The incident happened during the second over of New Zealand’s run-chase when an intruder dodged the security to enter the field after Navdeep Saini had bowled his third delivery. The security personnel managed to take him away but little they did they that another intruder was about to make his way on the cricket field. And, it happened only a delivery later.
This is not the first time that an intruder managed to breach the security during an International match in New Zealand. Last year, a fan bypassed all the shackles to touch former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s feet during the 3rd ODI of the five-match series at the Seddon Park in Hamilton.
Believe Me…This is Not in India,
This is in New Zealand🤩🔥
— Deepak Gupta♐ (@guptadps) January 31, 2020
New Zealand bottle the run-chase yet again
Coming back to the game, New Zealand looked like they were cruising towards the target before they decided to make the encounter interesting. And, so they did make it enthraling by losing four wickets- Ross Taylor, Tim Siefert, Daryll Mitchell and Mitchell Santer- in the final over to take the game to the Super Over, and in the Tim Southee zone to bottle it yet again.
And, true to his form in Super Overs, Tim Southee dished out a length delivery to KL Rahul who took the meat out of it and smoked it as well as New Zealand’s chances of winning the game into oblivion. The next ball, Southee had to get right to have any chance of redeeming himself.
However, he overcompensated and dished up a short delivery which Rahul proceeded to smash towards backward square-leg. Southee did manage to get Rahul off the next delivery but the damage had already been done as Virat Kohli’s surgical precision and astute game awareness meant there were no jitters in the end.