New Zealand beat India by one run in the second Twenty20 at MA Chidambaram Stadium,ending its four-match tour of the country.
New Zealand 167-5 (Brendon McCullum 91,Kane Williamson 28,Ross Taylor 25 not out; Irfan Pathan 3-31),def. India 166-4 (Virat Kohli 70,Yuvraj Singh 34,Suresh Raina 27; Kyle Mills 2-17,James Franklin 2-26) by 1 run.
Brendon McCullum smashed 91 as New Zealand score 167/5 vs India
Brendon McCullum smashed his way to a 55-ball 91 as New Zealand recovered from a jittery start to post a respectable 167 for five against India in the second Twenty20 International,here today.
New Zealand’s finest T20 batsman McCullum took Indian bowlers to cleaners after the ‘Black Caps’ were reduced 2/2 with both openers back in the hut.
McCullum hit as many as 11 boundaries and three huge sixes including a couple off Ravichandran Ashwin.
The foundation of the New Zealand innings was 90-run third wicket partnership between McCullum and Kane Williamson,who contributed 28. More than the runs he scored,Williamson gave McCullum freedom to play his natural and aggressive game which has made the latter a big hit in the shortest format.
Irfan Pathan was most successful Indian bowler with figures of three for 31 including the prize scalp of McCullum,who was looking good for his second T20 International century.
Pathan foxed him with slower delivery that he failed to connect and it hit the stumps after brushing his pads.
Earlier,put into bat,New Zealand started on a disastrous note as they lost both their openers Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill within the first two overs.
Nicol was bowled off the last delivery of the first over from Zaheer Khan as he shuffled across towards off-stump only to miss a fuller delivery that pegged his leg stump back. He couldn’t open his account.
Irfan Pathan also delivered in his very first over as his trademark inswinger saw Guptill being castled after playing to a wrong line after scoring only one.
McCullum and Williamson then started the repair work. After carefully negotiating the opening bowlers for a couple of overs,McCullum chanced his arms as he first hit Zaheer over square leg and then flashed hard through point region to get a couple of boundaries.
Lakshmipathy Balaji,who made his T20 debut for India was also hit for a couple of boundaries from MCCullum although the first one was a streaky inside edge.
A huge roar went up as Yuvraj Singh came into bowl his left-arm spinners. The first over went for only four runs but in the second over,McCullum gave him the charge hitting him over sight screen for a huge six.
In the same over,McCullum’s powerful shot which could have been a brilliant caught & bowled chance saw Yuvraj huting his left palm and had to leave the field for a brief period of time to get medical attention.
The New Zealand 50 came in the ninth over while McCullum hit his second six off Ashwin over long on boundary.
The Black Caps glovesman brought up a well deserved half-century off 32 balls with a four over point off Balaji’s bowling.
Finally,with scoreboard reading 92 for two,Williamson who tried to scoop Pathan over fine leg lobbed one straight up as Ashwin took a well-judged catch running backwards.
McCullum didn’t stop taking on the Indian attack as he managed to hit atleast a boundary per over. Just when it looked that century was round the corner,he perished to an innocuous looking delivery from Pathan.
James Franklin didn’t last long as Balaji dismissed him with Yuvraj taking a simple catch.
New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor played his part well chipping in with 25 off 19 balls that included a big six off Pathan.
India vs NZ: Yuvraj Singh gets warm reception,bowls a couple of overs
It had turned out to be an anti-climax in Visakhapatnam when ‘Rain Gods’ delayed Yuvraj Singh’s comeback but the Chennai crowd were happy to witness him straight into action as he bowled couple of overs in the second T20 against New Zealand.
Just like in Visakhapatnam,where the fans were present in large number in what was supposed to be an emotional welcome for their hero who has survived rare germ-cell cancer,it wasn’t any different here with fans carrying giant posters and placards wishing luck for the talented cricketer.
Wearing his favourite No 12 jersey,Yuvraj was stationed at square leg position but wasn’t really active as he did not have to field any of the balls during the first Powerplay.
However a huge roar went up as the giant screen showed ‘Welcome Back Yuvi’ with their hero slowly trudging towards his four-step bowling mark.
A quick word from Dhoni and Yuvraj was in thick of things as he walked upto his mark.
A comeback match has its own kind of pressure but when the hype is altogether in different proportions,one needs to feel for the man. The left-arm spinner started with a gentle flighted delivery which was hit over extra cover by Kane Williamson for a single. Four runs from his first over and Yuvraj must have felt comfortable.
In his second over,Yuvraj found out that on-field Brendon McCullum is the last person who would act as a sympathizer. The second delivery was hit over sight screens and he gave away 10 runs.
The fifth delivery could have been techinically termed as a sharp caught bowled chance but if one looks at it positively,he had saved a boundary and won applause from his skipper. But the powerful hit must have taken his toll as he left the field for some medical attention with Harbhajan Singh substituting for him.
The Indian team today showed their solidarity for Yuvraj as they wore a ‘YouWeCan’ badge — a foundation started by the cricketer to help cancer patients.
Yuvraj’s desperation was evident as he had written this morning on his twitter page,”Getting very restless! Just few more hours to go hope it doesn’t rain in the evening!.”
India vs NZ: Dhoni wins toss,invites Kiwis to bat,Yuvraj Singh in focus
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and elected to field against New Zealand in the second and final Twenty20 cricket international at M A Chidambaram stadium,here today.
India have left out an ‘unfit’ Virender Sehwag while spinner Harbhajan Singh,paceman Ashok Dinda and leg-spinner spinner Piyush Chawla will also miss out on the game.
New Zealand: Ross Taylor (C),Martin Guptill,Brendon McCullum,Kane Williamson,Rob Nicol,Jacob Oram,Daniel Vettori,James Franklin,Kyle Mills,Adam Milne and Ronnie Hira.