India v New Zealand, 2nd T20, Chennai

NZ come back to steal one-run win

The Report by Abhishek Purohit

September 11, 2012

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New Zealand 167 for 5 (McCullum 91, Irfan 3-31) beat India 166 for 4 (Kohli 70, Mills 2-17, Franklin 2-26) by one run
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James Franklin raises his arm after bowling a tight last over, India v New Zealand, 2nd T20I, Chennai, September 11, 2012
James Franklin held his nerves in the last over to ensure a New Zealand win © Associated Press
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A solitary Twenty20 it was, but it featured multiple narratives, an emotional return for Yuvraj Singh and his fans, an anti-climax for India and an incredible comeback from New Zealand. After Brendon McCullum had punched a furious 91, Virat Kohli counter-punched with a majestic 70, leaving India with 49 to get off 42 deliveries with seven wickets remaining.

That is when the Chennai pitch started to behave more like a typical Chennai pitch; the ball had come on nicely till then. MS Dhoni and Yuvraj struggled to get the ball off the square, James Franklin and Jacob Oram took all pace off the ball to make it harder, and the asking-rate surged suddenly. Dhoni, having promoted himself ahead of Manoj Tiwary and Rohit Sharma, ended unbeaten on a perplexing 22 off 23 deliveries, failing to find any timing on his swipes and slogs and reduced to nudging singles on the leg side.

With 20 needed off the last eight deliveries, Yuvraj managed to heave Oram over deep midwicket for six. With 12 needed off the last five, Dhoni managed to pull Franklin to deep square leg for four. With six needed off three, Yuvraj heaved and was bowled for 34 off 26.

There was still time for one final narrative. Enter Rohit, under pressure for his lack of form, with six still needed. He tried gamely, swinging both the remaining deliveries for a couple of runs each, but India had to pay for tapering off after Kohli's dismissal in the 14th over.

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  • New Zealand's win is the seventh by a margin of one run in Twenty20 internationals. New Zealand had beaten Pakistan in Barbados in 2010 by the same margin.
  • New Zealand have won the most Twenty20 matches against India (4). They are also the only top team never to lose a single match against India.
  • Brendon McCullum's 91 is the second-highest score in an Twenty20 international against India. The previous record for a New Zealand batsman (69) was also held by McCullum. McCullum has three fifties in four innings against India.
  • McCullum, who is the highest run-getter in Twenty20 matches, also holds the record for the most fifty-plus scores (10).
  • India's score of 166 is their third-highest in a losing cause (in chases). The highest is 186 against Sri Lanka in Nagpur in 2009.
  • The number of wickets lost by India (4) is the fewest in an unsuccessful chase (minimum 15 overs in the innings).
  • MS Dhoni has three20-plus innings at a strike rate less than 100. Two of those are against New Zealand. On each of these occasions, India have gone on to lose the game.

India's defeat was the last thing on the Chennai crowd's mind when Kohli, opening in place of the injured Virender Sehwag, was raining boundaries on New Zealand during his 15th fifty-plus international score this year. Wide deliveries were swatted away with disdain, length deliveries were willed into gaps with confident pushes, spinners were lofted inside-out over extra cover, fast bowlers were charged at and hammered down the ground.

Kohli's assault and his 60-run second-wicket stand with Suresh Raina allowed Yuvraj to ease into his comeback knock. The crowd erupted when Yuvraj thick-edged Adam Milne past slip for his first boundary and swung Daniel Vettori over deep midwicket for his first six. In between, he was let-off when McCullum and Kyle Mills collided trying to take a top-edged pull off Milne.

It was Franklin who began the turnaround when he had Kohli lofting his second delivery to wide long-off. New Zealand also had McCullum to thank, for lifting them from 2 for 2 with a calculated 91 that highlighted his importance to his side, especially in Twenty20s. McCullum had support from Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, but he was almost single-handedly responsible for New Zealand reaching a competitive score with a knock that began watchfully, and then exploded into a frenzy of powerful hits over extra cover, down the ground and over midwicket.

McCullum often begins a Test innings with a charge down the track and it was probably the two early wickets that made him play with some caution initially. Rob Nicol and Martin Guptill came out swinging but were bowled by incoming deliveries from Zaheer Khan and Irfan Pathan.

McCullum broke free in the fifth over, flicking and cutting Zaheer for boundaries. L Balaji, making his T20I debut and playing his first game for India since February 2009, was inside-edged past short fine leg and sliced over point for boundaries in the next over.

Williamson, a calm man under pressure usually, ensured he gave the strike to McCullum, who was now in control enough to ward off his usual self-destructing tendencies.

Sweeps, reverse-sweeps and scoops were kept away. The one time he tried a reverse-sweep, on 38, he got away with a close lbw shout against R Ashwin, with the umpire ruling there was an inside edge when replays indicated there wasn't any. McCullum's one good innings during the Test series against India was ended when the umpire did not spot an inside edge. It was his turn to benefit today.

McCullum went after Ashwin, lofting him over extra cover for boundaries and down the ground for sixes. Ashwin, the lone spinner playing ahead of the recalled Harbhajan Singh, went for 34 in three overs.

McCullum was only nine short of what would have been his second T20I hundred when he was eventually bowled after missing a sweep off a slow cutter from Irfan in the 17th over. Taylor and Oram were around to take New Zealand to a respectable score.

India rode on Kohli's brilliance in the chase, bottled up for a while after he fell, and when they tried to catch up, it was too late.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s Powerplay (0-6) 16-20 overs NB/Wides
New Zealand 36 17 4 40-2 39-2 0/2
India 40 15 4 47-1 33-1 0/3

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Posted by   on (September 14, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

dhoni is the blunderer who again & again use to wash away the hard work of other players like kohli & tries to become hero everytime by ensuring last over finish.

Posted by crikcool on (September 14, 2012, 10:47 GMT)

It was a good game of cricket but the results could have been different if Ind could have accelerated their scoring rates and could have relied on taking quick two & three's rather than going for big hits which never really got connected.But this could be a good eye opener for Indian team before going for a big event like 20/20 world cup. I don't think with this loss India have lost an edge over other opponents. Cricket is really a funny game and we can expect something big from our team...goodluck India for the tournament

Posted by   on (September 13, 2012, 18:05 GMT)

loool India cannot even beat a weak team like New Zealand at their own ground just shows that nobody is rated high to win World T20.

Posted by SuperSharky on (September 13, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

Congratulations New Zealand on the win and well done India and New Zealand for playing such an entertaining match. It's matches like these that makes T20 worth watching.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Pak has been in all ICC major tournamnet finals since WCT20 2007

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

disappointing to see India lose. captain has to take the blame. Dhoni's miscalculations in T20WC 2009 and 2010 are still fresh in memory. u cant just hope to come out hitting in last few balls. thankfully, Ravindra Jadeja seems to be out of the equation. hope Dhoni 'fires' well in T20WC12 ....much more smart and tactical plays required pls !!

Posted by SaraPavan on (September 12, 2012, 16:46 GMT)

Though India lose but Yuvi wins.

Posted by ProdigyA on (September 12, 2012, 16:31 GMT)

All said and done, there is no doubt that an overconfident Dhoni miscalculated his innings and messed up the chase. Whats shocking is that there was nobody to question him. But in a way its good that this happened in a pretty much inconsequential game. There is no doubt about his talent as a finisher, but sincerely hope that Dhoni learns from this and tries to seal the game as early as possible. He cannot afford this in the upcoming T20WC.

Posted by AlpsRock on (September 12, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Agreed over confident Dhobi is the reason for loss. May be he was planning to hit a big six to win it again. Well, it doesn't happen all the time and doubt it will even happen. Again.Look at this way, he always grab the headlines i.e.WC2011 (hitting cup winning 6, but all the hard work was done by Gauti who made almost 100 and gave him that platform - no one talks about Gauti's hard fought inning), in last NZ test match he hit the match WINNING 6, was no need to do that...BUT need was to show-up big. Hopefully in T20 WC he doesn't do all this and play fair game.I am sure his puppets/chamchas (Raina, Aswin, Yuvi, no-Hit (Rohit)) will make him look good again as in everyg game someone will click..Poor Bhajji won't get a game neither Irfan nor Manoj has a chance (may be Irfan will get a game if players support him). Thanks god Jadeja and Utthapa (long-term chamchas of Dhoni) are NOT in team.This is probably last time Dhobi is captain and spreading all politics in the team.Chakde INDIA.

Posted by wakaPAK on (September 12, 2012, 16:07 GMT)

I dont know why do people care so much about wining or losing; it was the game and the fight; both teams played awesome; you might not have enjoyed it if India had won by 50 runs; what I only cared about and watched the game was because Yuvraj! that was the most beautiful innings I have ever seen! I dont understand why people neglect the most important things in a match and always whine about the margin of defeat? When battles are fought this close you dont blame captains or players; It was a great show; thats what really matters!

Posted by AlpsRock on (September 12, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

Agreed overconfident dhobi is the reason for loss. May be he was planning to hit a big six to win it again. Well, it doesn't happen all the time and doubt, it will even happen. Look at this way, he always grab the headline i.e.WC2011 (hitting cup winning 6, but al the hard work was done by Gauti who made 97 and gave him that platform - no one talks about Gauti's hard fought inning), in last test match he hit the match WINNING 6, THERE was no need to do that...BUT need was to show-up big again. Hopefully in T20 WC he doesn't do all this and use his brain...i am sure his puppets/ chamchas (Raina, Aswin, Yuvi, no-Hit (Rohit))) will make him look good again as in everyg ame someone will click..Poor Bhajji won't get a game neither Irfan nor Manjo has a chance (may be Irfan will get a game if other players support him). Thanks god Jadeja and R. Utthapa (long-term chamchas of Dhoni) are not in team...Hopefully last time dhobi is playing as a captain and spreading all politics in the team.

Posted by recycle-bin-is-empty on (September 12, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Ind lost only by one run this match, unlike Pakistan who were bowled out for what ??? 74 runs ??? by a team ranked 10th in the world below Ireland!!!! Whatever, we will see who wins the WC T-20. Pakistan are just over hyped before every major tournament, i remember before the U-19 WC a few days ago, how every team's fans were fancing Pak's chances and were criticizing India that they cant play short balls, on bouncy tracks and all blah blah....end result- Ind won the tournament while over hyped teams like Pak got some 5-6th spot which in reality their mediocre team deserved. Come the T-20, and we will see how far their team go..

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 12, 2012, 15:35 GMT)

@mazii : Well loss by 1 run is still a loss but a loss by 94 runs , having given up chase in 2nd over when one sees 160+ odd runs are needed to win is different story. Besides conceding 12 sixes in first 10 over by so called best bowling attack is indeed an achievement. Not to mention when CHUCK Norris was also bowling . Anyway India lost because NZ performed better in last 5 overs and we give that credit to them unlike ..........ah well forget it I am sure you batters were in donation mood and gifted wickets ( usual banter) to opposition bowler or else you would have chased 160+ in 15 overs...Anyway lets hope you guys dont need to chase anything over 140 against Bangladesh or NZ in Worldcup or this chat forum will be pest free before super 8s begin.

Posted by dexionbt on (September 12, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

T20 is a silly game . Its just a Tamasha and the players are in for the FUN ONLY as TECHNIQUE required is ZERO. Its is a game that any side can WIN on any given DAY provided JUST ONE PLAYER delivers like Chris Gayle or any bowler that can take 5/6 wickets on that day !!! Do not make HEROES of any winning team !! India needs players whose strike rate is 150 plus for the top 7 batsmen and they can easily win !! Select the youngster who have the better running legs to save runs.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

SOLID SNAK- we are the only team which challenged kangaroos home & awy during thiose daminatING days , u r team woN nothing in decades against kangaaroos if we lost 4-0 thieir last time u r team was thoroughly white washed in tests -3-0, odis 5-0 there in 2010 u r so called great bowler was thrashed to all corner of AUS ave- 111 , so if u had bowled them in one off inning below 100 thats not big that a big thing as stats on this web says u r team holds world record on being shot out below hundred every where , as we hold the record for winning more matches chaging 300+ in every country , so a solitary performance on turners in u r fotress count nothing i was just watching highlight of one of those matched wow the way UNKNOWN NEWCOMER MAXWELL THRASHED U R SO CALLED GREAT IS REALLY A TREAT TO WATCH the other bowler CHEEMA what great talent wow u people always reminds us of our bowling but in reality u r in serious trouble as no bowlins, batting even cant win in SL .

Posted by ExplicitPlatinum on (September 12, 2012, 14:42 GMT)

Why are Indian fans talking about Misbah? You want stats? Here they are: Misbah ul-Haq: Matches: 39, Runs: 788, Best: 87*, Average: 37.52, S/R: 110.20, 50's: 3, Fours: 45, Sixes: 26.

MS Dhoni: Matches: 32, Runs: 565, Best: 48*, Average: 29.73, S/R: 110.13, 50's: 0, Fours: 32, Sixes: 17.

Don't give excuses about "Oh Misbah bats higher than Dhoni!". Both bat in the middle order. Seriously when did the topic of downgrading Misbah come in this article?

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 14:37 GMT)

india haters from our nieghbouring countrier are all over here , its understandable after drubbing in UAE, & BY IND IN SL they had nothing to celebrat so kiwis one run victory over us is some solice for thm really enjoying keepit up .

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (September 12, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

A lot of T20 cricket is payed in India but the major one is IPL where almost all the talented player across the world are invited to show their mettle. It doesn't mean that it will also make the team India talented. lol....It's not the case. The main and serious thing is that the Indians are among the least talented nations in Asia. With the population of 1030 millions they couldn't produce a fast/medium fast bowler of the likes of Lasith Malinga, Vaas, Wickrema Singhe, Aaqib Javed, Muhammad Zahid, Muhammad Akram, Shahadat Hussain NOT TO TALK OF Wasim,Waqar,Shoaib,Imran,Muhammad Aamir,Asif. Only Kapil Dev,Srinath and to some extent Zaheer Khan showed some talent but the bitter fact is that they were/are just club-level bowlers!!! A big SHAME!!!

Posted by Faxes on (September 12, 2012, 14:24 GMT)

Credit to NZ. Even won by one run.

Posted by Hindh on (September 12, 2012, 14:11 GMT)

India under Dhoni has been a truly dominant team winning all the tournaments that has come in its way . the only blips were in eng and Aus tests which happens to every team but not like Pak getting whitewashed 3-0 every time they visit Aus. Gud luck INdia and Yuvi for T20 WC and give a gud performance........

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (September 12, 2012, 14:03 GMT)

The real giants to watch in semi-finals are Sri Lanka, Pakistan, West Indies and Australia. The rest of the teams will be like this according to their points at the table S.A,N.Z, B.D,Eng, Ireland, Afghanistan, Zim and India.

Posted by sukku88 on (September 12, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

I hate this bad habit of Dhoni.. leaving the game for too late.. Sometimes it prompts for an exciting finish with sixers from Dhoni.. But it is really disheartening when it turns out to be, like last night.. :(

Posted by mark2011 on (September 12, 2012, 13:56 GMT)

It is really ingreat ful that so many Indians blaming Dhoni for just one game lost that to 1 run. You people better realise that India or MSD cant win every match !!!. This is what call luck.. Ind had everything except luck that is why last moment thing go wrong.. this hapns to others also when Indi wins against them. So you think u r the best..only to understand that it matters when u dont have luck!!.. that is why in last ODI series against SL, India was able to win, how chances SL missed out against Ind alway that wont happnd.. try to bear bitter taste of losing is a shame talk so much mistaks of MSD just bcos of 1 run defeat..

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (September 12, 2012, 13:52 GMT)

@waheed1233: Well Done!!! I do agree with you!!! You hit the nail at the head! If Kohli gets out soon then even Afghanistan will fall heavy upon team India not to talk of the other test playing teams!!! Their toothless bowling led be Zaheer Khan will get smashed round the corners!!! lol

Posted by bMike on (September 12, 2012, 13:49 GMT)

@jasonpete: You guys (almost all Asian teams) used to be flat track bullies to some extent. Anyway SL played some good cricket in England, South Africa and Australia recently and showed their capabilities by wining some of them. Pakistan has one of the best bowling attacks in the world along with South Africa and England so they would play some competitive cricket whenever they get opportunities. Considering unforgettable thrashings in England and Australia along with back to back knockouts in Aus and Bangladesh I would name India as the biggest flat track bullies out of all. South Africa, England, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are the favorites to win this T20 world cup. But still teams like Bangladesh, Zimbabwe , India also have a tiny chance as T20 matches are unpredictable.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

I would have loved if India had won but I am happy that Yuvraj is back

Posted by rsurya on (September 12, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

What will a NZ fan do after this T20 win, will he celebrate for the win or will he feel bad as his team didn't deserve to win. This situation happens sometimes for a NZ fan but often for an Indian fan. "At the end of the day winning is important" is Dhoni's stamped statement, but I don't think so. If NZ took 7-8 wickets yesterday and won the match then its a win. I don't think what confidence did Taylor got from this match. Mr.Taylor, Dhoni is only playing for India and there are many other teams competing for worldcup, I don't think someone in every other team will do a favour for you everytime.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 12, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

@g.karisma,it should be enuf 4 u to cnsidr that ur team was minow in frnt of pak,YOUR POST 2000 ERA'S RECORD Z ABSOLUTY NT ENVIABLE BT since it loks great 4 below avrage,thats why it z made highly exaggeratd in ur country, so pak's averge team(for odis ├Ânly as we stil r betr than india in t20,test recently)=india's bst team(by their standards),u betr check the stats ur.slf 4 post 2000.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

Lol seeing your comments @Hindh88 - Dhoni got us 2 world cups and many cups in various series as if he got it from some metal store. It is not only because of him we got those cups its by the team which we had won us so many cups.

The players like Viru, Gauti, Yuvi, Kohli, Ashwin, Zak, and Bajji helped us to get those winning cups, not only of your so called captain cool - MSD. Even Ricky ponting got 3 consecutive cups only coz of the great players which he had in his team like Gilly, Hayden, Symonds, Warne, Mcgrath who is having the potential to win the match single handedly. After they leave see how ricky ponting struggled with the present team and lost his captaincy too.

The same is applicable to MSD if he doesn't play well in t20 and test it is better for him to step down instead of speaking about winning cups n having a permanent captain head - weight.

Final Note - Coz of MSD we had lost many matches rather than winning, but no one is having the guts to express it.

Posted by late_reverse_swing on (September 12, 2012, 13:14 GMT)

IMHO, with all due respect to Yuvraj, he should NOT have refused that second run of the 3rd ball, even if at the cost of sacrificing his wicket, he should have run, he should have known Dhoni was in better state on that given day to try and finish things off. Agreed, Yuvraj had scored enough by that time, but, crunch time and he should have let Dhoni attempt the slogs. Welcome back Yuvi, you will learn.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 12, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (September 11 2012, 19:46 PM GMT) Kudos to you for giving NZ credit

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 12, 2012, 12:17 GMT)

People criticizing Dhoni, do not forget he was there till end and lost by just 1 run. It was not like Misbah innings. If Yuvraj had not lost his wkt and managed to connect and hit a 4 or 6 , same people would be praising Dhoni as captain cool and excellent finisher. Sometimes calculations can go wrong becos even opposing bowlers have a plan. You cannot always win in such situations because sometimes luck also plays part. Who knows luck may go India's way in similar scenario in a knockout stage match in Worldcup and same fans will says "Wow what a captain Dhoni is". He mentioned in his victory speech when he scored 90+ to win Worldcup that if he had failed people would have questioned why did he promote himself and not let Yuvraj come up....his luck favored his choice that day...yest id did not

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

Yesterday's match was an excellent opportunity for Dhoni, to send Rohit, Tiwari & Pathan ahead of himself. Could have given them a chance. With hind-sight, perhaps India might have won too ( though, it is secondary considering the forthcoming World Cup)

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

This really was a shocking defeat. After playing so well and getting an excellent start, who would've thought India would lose by 1 measly run?! First off, whenever you win a toss, that too once in a blue moon, CHOOSE BATTING! When will Dhoni learn, I don't know. Let's just hope this defeat is a lesson for the Indians and hopefully they will learn from their mistakes.

Posted by Sinhabahu on (September 12, 2012, 11:35 GMT)

Hahahahahaha well done, Kiwis! That shut them up! :D

Posted by ashankar on (September 12, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

Relax guys, we all know that if Dhoni has faced those two deliveries we would have won the match (i am not kidding, seriously). He is capable of doing that. But what amused me is that when you have a couple of specialist batsmen and a couple of decent batters around why the hell would anyone take it to the wire!? Our captain is perhaps not confident on the rest or perhaps overconfident! anyways, as someone said here no one is god here to narrate the script. Hope he learns from the lessons learnt.

Posted by azeesajid on (September 12, 2012, 11:21 GMT)

@hinddh88-my dear its not dhoni who won all those tournaments, its combined effort of other good players in the team like yuvi,sehwag etc.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

TEDOSBORNE - LOL what about u r thrashing at HOBORT , NZ is not push overs , u r full fledged team was beaten series after series in IND as we were beaten in ur place , onus is on u r team to win at our place otherwise u r home heroics wont count .

Posted by waheed1233 on (September 12, 2012, 11:12 GMT)

NZL is a way better team than india...india is relint on kohli only...if kohli gets injured, namibia can be a great competitor against india...

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

over confident dhoni sink india. extremly well played virat.

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 12, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

@Rahulcricket007->Yes i remember WC semifinal2010..And i also remember the Asia cup match of India vs Bangladesh..See if we start this war of how we won against each other in past,it would give no result rather than abuses and stuff..This point that i wanna convey is that each team has got their own heroes and others should'nt be talking bad about them badly.If we have Ajmal so as every team got some good players.What if you remove Kohli from the team.I can clearly see the picture of Indian team without Kohli.Similarly there is nothing wrong to say that right now Ajmal is the backbone of Pak bowling.The same Ajmal on whose bowling Sachin was dancing all over the pitch during the semifinal match.

Posted by CricketMaan on (September 12, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Yesterday's match result though India could have won was not surprising. India does not enjoy a great win record in T20s, they lost twice to England home and away, didnt do well against SA in that one off T20, though beat SL recently the overall T20 record since the World cup win in 2007 is not anything to take note. A lof Indian fans see most of thier players in IPL kit and relate thier performacnce to IPL rather international T20, its not in BCCI's agenda to set up T20s. So if India has to win this WC, they need a plenty of luck for the records are certainly against this team.

Posted by jasonpete on (September 12, 2012, 10:55 GMT)

Posted by bMike on (September 12 2012, 08:57 AM GMT), LOL but the same Indian team thrashed Lanka in srilanka ( played one t20) last month.Now imagine the same Srilanka team is dreaming to win t20 world cup at home.Hhahaha you must be kidding..

Posted by Hindh on (September 12, 2012, 10:51 GMT)

The amount of big tournaments dhoni has won for india like World cup 2011, 2007T20 WC , Test team No 1, asia cup, CB series 2008 etc .Pak , SL in their entire cricketing history are nowhere near how much Dhoni alone has won. He has won India practically every tournament in cricket, who cares on a 1 run loss in a practice game before a T20WC....

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 10:49 GMT)

believe it or not dhoni has lost killing instinct and desire to hit hard .....he want to show now some politeness and decency that cost match to us indian what a shame

Posted by sunilvaidya on (September 12, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

some people here are saying dhoni is giving ''excuses'' for india losing the match....

Interestingly franklin is giving the SAME ''excuses'' for NZ winning the match!

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

FUNNY ROYPAKLOVER - Yaa THERE IS MARKED deference , domostic bowling & other international bowling , we all seen in UAE THE OTHER NIGHT THE WAY out of form WARNER & WATSON THRASHED U R OVER HYPED bowlers six after six, if u lose miserably than u say who cares but if we oose thats a chance to celebrat , agreed we lost , but can u show me u r score card out side uae , now its time in SL, yaa will see the same coment if u lose who cares , we have only one cup win at home, all our other cup wins were out side in 1986 WE BEAT U R TEAM IN CHAMP oOF CHAMP, 1983 IN ENG, 2007 IN SA SADLY ITS AGAIN U R GREAT TEAM , IN ASIA CUP IN SL, , IF OUR BOWLING WAS CLUB LEVE THAN HOW COULD U R TEAM COULD NOT CHAGE DOWN 260 , IN WC , who stopped u ,when ever we won its our bowling which won us matches the other day i was watching 2007 final , in THAT MATCH u r team could not score 150 , allout at the end , u r wickets at uae are spinner freindly , come out side, u cant even win in SL ,

Posted by uksar on (September 12, 2012, 10:40 GMT)

Dhoni might have thought he would take the match to the end and finish it with six . Lot of applause would come his way. But it is cricket and he is not God either. Specially recent memory abroad is not so pleasant or him . It was surprising to me when 40 odd runs required in 30 ball with 7 wickets in hand, Mr.Dhoni was just pushing the ball.He should have also thought unlike his team every team has specialist bowler in the death.

Posted by Perera32 on (September 12, 2012, 10:36 GMT)

Hahaha, Kohli is the only consistent Batsmen in the team. Now that India lost the T20 series, Im guessing all the Indians are going to go on about T20 not being a real format. No offence but most Indians care only about t20's. Just look at all the IPL fans they've got.

Posted by javedvza on (September 12, 2012, 10:34 GMT)

In 20:20 dhoni not played well. I dont know he doesn't like 20:20 formate (or) he is not play big shots in short time...

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 12, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

Dhoni gave 2 World Cup to Indian ,,,now what u want people from him,,,don,t criticized just for One match...He is always good finisher ,,,

Posted by zinuk222 on (September 12, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Ha! Ha! Ha! shame Dhoooni!, Indian captain always wants to be a hero by finishing the match in a situation where team never look like win the match. But who responsible for this difficult situation. First he consumes many ball and makes easy position to difficult situation , and creates pressure to other batsman then other batsman try to big short and gives their wicket. At the end Dhoni shows how good finisher he is by hitting some big shot and all said how cool!!. In AUSTRALIA TRI SERIES, he managed to tie the match against srilanka after his slow start. There is lot of match happened like this ,But this time Dhoni u caught. He is very good cricketer and should play his natural attacking game rather defending.

Posted by mathewjohn2176 on (September 12, 2012, 9:55 GMT)

Posted by siri12345 on (September 12 2012, 07:44 AM GMT), according to your logic when winning can be attributed to luck why cant losing be part of luck? Or else accept winning and losing is not part of luck. @ Sunil Xavier, Gary Kirsten is not part of Indian team at the moment.During his period as coach, he done wonders to Indian team and every Indian fans accepts this truth and credited for his work also.Why don't you read the article first and post your views instead writing some tripe like blind fans.

Posted by Narumanchi on (September 12, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

I was wondering what excuse would be given by Dhoni ! He has already used quotes like "You have to bat well, bowl well and field well". This time he blamed the pitch. but before he blamed the pitch, he should have noticed that the margin of defeat was only 1 run. Actually the base for the defeat was laid by Dhoni's defensive batting which has put extra pressure on the already visibly tired Yuvi. Funny to see two specialist batsmen, Manoj tiwary and Rohit with their pads on and Dhoni coming in to bat ahead of them and then start defending. He was never a good captain. Luckily for him he has inherited a great team with likes of Sachin,Sehwag, Dravid, VVS, Harbhajan and Zaheer at their peak. A great captain is the one who builds up a team. That's why Dada Ganguly is special.

Posted by Maccanui on (September 12, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

With NZ storming home to win this trophy it really makes it honours even for the tour. Great to see our senior batsmen knuckle down to really bring this one home.

Posted by rameshthakrar on (September 12, 2012, 9:25 GMT)

I blame Dhoni for the defeat. He elevated himself for batting and then scored only 22 runs in 23 balls, moreover, it was his decision to field first which also proved to be a wrong decision. He has never been a very good captain. High time he was replaced.

Posted by Sujii on (September 12, 2012, 9:17 GMT)

It happens. Prepare to accept the defeat also. Nobody can have 100% captaincy records. Cheer India all the time if you are a real indian

Posted by Haleos on (September 12, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

@mrwolverine - If far from fit Yuvi can score 34 runs in 26 balls and bowl 2 over for 14, I would have him in the team anyday. Jadeja, Ashwin are unfit for T20.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 9:04 GMT)

I though India threw that. sloppy fielding and a lack of desire to get to the winning total.....

Posted by bMike on (September 12, 2012, 8:57 GMT)

What a shocking trash!. No matter the defeating margin as it's still a loss. Even England's under nineteen T20 team can beat this Indian T20 team. A team who can't win against NZ on their home soil is dreaming to win the T20 world cup. ha ha haaa you must be kidding

Posted by rsurya on (September 12, 2012, 8:39 GMT)

If dhoni faced the last ball he would have taken 3 runs. He has that experience. Taylor should have thanked dhoni during the presentation. U need to thank someone if they help u, thats a good gesture.

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (September 12, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

India lost to NZ in 2007 in T20.. its a good omen.. :)

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

49 from 42....i thought India would win with atleast 5 or 6 balls to spare...... but Dhoni in order to spice things up like he did in the CB series and it backfired......there is only one way to describe it......... "India snatched defeat from the jaws of victory..............."

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

It shows that MS Dhoni can sometime do what Misbah does for Pakistan.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

Unbileaveable Win For New Zealand this formats of cricket is very exiting no body known until its finished congratulation NZ

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 12, 2012, 8:25 GMT)

@musa441, Ajmal is the father of all spin bowlers in the world? Really!! Very interesting!!

Posted by ashekahmed on (September 12, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

its really a great news for afganistan because now they will be confident to beat india and qualify for the quarter finals.

Posted by sachinisawesome on (September 12, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Nonsense cricket by our captain. Really foolish. I hve always appreciated him but yesterday was WELL i don't have words for it.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 12, 2012, 8:19 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 8:10 GMT)

if the kiwis had few more players like astle, fleming etc, than this series could have resulted in NZ winning. not really impressed with the Indian side. the teams batting is poor, especially in test matches. they will be found out easily against top ranked teams. especially against australia.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 12, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

@nzcriket174, LOL!! that was really hilarious, but do u truly think one year is gonna be enough?!! Anyway it was a terrific innings from him

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

good show by the experienced kiwi side. i guess they have now extended their lead over india in the t20 format by winning the last four encounters.

Posted by Aravind_always on (September 12, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Don't blame the pitch dhoni..your batting is the only reason..And that man kohli,what a player he can't say he is in a purple patch..he is doing the same for last 3 years..!!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

If Harbhajan is in than there is no question of playing with Ashwin (My personal opinion), anyways dhoni is always paying & receiving for his preferences.

Posted by kristee on (September 12, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

Dhoni is being criticized 'unanimously' for yesterday's outcome. A certain 100th century was as, if not more, defeatist; the criticism was not that loud, and why?

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

None of the indian blind cricket fans even think about gary kirsten.Very sad to see this.When India won the world cup,India level the series in SA,No 1 in Test rankings And much more..Now India is in same condition before gary kirsten. Come on india loose all your matches except home series..blind fans are with you..

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (September 12, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Dhoni's post match conference geting worse day by day. He is always coming up with execuses about the pitch. That is rediculous... As professional cricketer you need to play good or competative in all pitches. I know it easier said than done, But giving pitch as execuse is not acceptable. When it is swinging, he said he wants Spin. When it was slow he wants to stay pitch solid through out the day. At the end of the the team which makes use of the condition most wins. If you can not adapt to the condition then its team's fault not the pitch.

Posted by siri12345 on (September 12, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

it is really very very funny to see how the indians are thinking they lost the match due to bad luck when most of their recent wins under dhoni were entirely due to pure luck.

Posted by cricbee on (September 12, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Dhoni should not gamble by pushing every match till last over to show his captain cool attitude.

Posted by i_witnessed_2011 on (September 12, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

I hope India team and fans can think this is one of case with Dhoni... But There are many instances where he dragged the match till end and finished it in last over. As long as he suceeds it looks good, but the case like this will ponder the options of changing his tactics. Especially when he has wickets, He can little more agressive than he was yesterday.

Posted by svel on (September 12, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

@ Haleos - - one bad match by ashwin and u tell that he is not good in odi and t20... he is currently ranked 4th among odi bowlers in the world... and one bad t2o doesnt meanthat he is not good... he is currently the best indian spinner we have in all the formats... harbajan was good... but currently he is nothing...

Posted by rock.rockyin on (September 12, 2012, 7:36 GMT)

TRUST ME THIS IS BLESSING IN DISGUISE FOR INDIA. it is always good go with self introspection before a big tournament. A loss will teach you how to cope up quick.

Posted by akbaassu on (September 12, 2012, 7:26 GMT)

Duno what Gambir is doing in the team ???????????

Posted by jasonpete on (September 12, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

@wickyroy pak lover,You forgot to mention the raining sixes by Watson and Warner and you call that win is a fluke?why don't Pakistan not winning any series outside UAE?UAE pitches are slow and turners just like subcontinent conditions .Look how the pitches were during odi and t20 series.At the moment Pakistan ride on ajmal ,spinners and there are no fast bowlers at the top .Instead mocking others,it's better you look in to your own team which lost odi series to England,srilanka nd Australia ,that too in home made condition UAE.The club level bowlers were exposed when Watson and Warner took the attack on them.Losing by 1 run is way better than the crushing 94 runs defeat by Aussies and you call that win is fluke.ROFL.

Posted by aujender on (September 12, 2012, 7:04 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 7:01 GMT)

India Lost bcoz of Dhoni,he wanted become a hero every time hitting sixes in last over and gain name, this time not happen.He done it before in Australia against Srilanka match and that match was drawn..DHONI SHAME ON YOU....Pls change your attitude and change your batting style(Dont play silly shots (when you come to batting starting 10-15balls)

Posted by ROXSPORT on (September 12, 2012, 7:00 GMT)

Yesterday's defeat was only because of Dhobi. If only he had not insisted on including that Nohit Besharma, he might as well have sent another batsman ahead of him. But, in trying to prevent exposing that Nohit Besharma, he came himself, ahead of two other batsman, one of whom (read Manoj Tiwary) is in pretty good nick & a positive frame of mind. Result is there for all to see.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 6:59 GMT)

i just realized that our superb awesome captain called dhoni is the perfect crowd man, what else will you call him, he makes sure every time that spectators will get to watch the entire match and that is the reason he takes the game to last over always. see he is such a great country man, thinks about the crowd entertainment, even if that means at the cost of indian victory. superb, otherwise wats the point in having such a batting heavy team when 168 is not chased. he promoted himself because he knew the fact that if rohit or tiwari or even pathan would have been there they would have gone for the kill and may be finished the matc with around 7-10 balls remaining. how could he let that happen ?? thats why he promoted himself , to ensure that a pressure can be created, why did not he go for shots ? its time dhoni quit t20 or selectors throw him out. let him focus on test and odi, if he really thinks about cricket.. shame on Captain Dhoni ..

Posted by RISHI2016 on (September 12, 2012, 6:58 GMT)

well this reminds me of what Gambhir said... Finshing match early than leaving too much at the end... Looking at dhoni bat, he always looked to early to play his shots, truth is, he needs to work on his technique (if any) well it would nt have happened tat Kohli went and the wicket became slow... wont say he was averse to playing his shots but just could not connect... having said that for me the turning point was Yuvraj refusing the second run in the third ball of the final over. Sometimes i also felt he was gasping while running.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 12, 2012, 6:54 GMT)

@ Narasingarao Kommireddi sadly I am also among die hard Dhoni fan. I accept this loss is mainly becoz fo Dhoni. But don't blame all the previous defeats becoz of Dhoni. And what was Gambir doing as a non performing batsman+bowler+fielder in those matcheszzzzzzzzz.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 6:51 GMT)

Dhoni is to be blamed for this defeat. he played too casually and created crisis.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 6:48 GMT)

A close defeat for india but lessons to be learnt for both teams. To the credit of new zealand they played some very good cricket while batting but the real problem still lies with their consistency. They lack depth in their batting and it was just a one man show that won them the game from india. While their batting looks a bit jittery their bowling look decent. they held their nerves till the very end against a heavily loaded indian batting, they showed guts in the pressure and bowlers like oram and franklin can prove to be very useful in srilankan conditons. On the other hand Indian bowling as usual looked out of color and lacked luster. Batting from virat kohli was just the plus point for india as it has been for last couple of years. they were ruled by an out of form, over confident captain which realy dented them badly. Indians have some serious problems with their combination. Raina should be there to finish the match and rohit and tiwari should come ahead of Dohni. Thanks

Posted by himohan007 on (September 12, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

@only4win I totally agree with you and hope India follows ur user name only 4 win..........Cheers

Posted by Dalajit on (September 12, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

Whatever the condition of pitch/wicket, in T20 when you need 49 to get off 42 balls with 7 wickets in hands, it is always a easy win. You can always hit around even the pitch is behaving slow. So, if anybody to blame here then it would be only MSD. Why he just couldn't hit the ball or slog it, even if you loose a wicket, you have batsmen to score. Actually he wants to take the match always to last over and then like to win it from there, so he can get the credit for this as a finisher. But, it is always a difficult task, he should understand this. Take decision wisely MSD in world cup or could be like in 1st T20 WC and you can still manage to win the WC.

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 12, 2012, 6:22 GMT)

Its seriously stupid to not include yusuf pathan over tiwary. Tiwary is more of grinder not a hitter. t20 you need big hitter at the end.Not sure why yusuf pathan in the team

Posted by mazii on (September 12, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

solid snake.......good bro

Posted by Thyagu5432 on (September 12, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

Dhoni is our crisis man. He creates the crisis and then tries to bring us out of the crisis as well. There will always be such once in a while happenings when the crisis remains even after the match gets over. NZ win and Dhoni is the MOM.

Posted by Extraz on (September 12, 2012, 6:19 GMT)

I am a pakistani and i was really expecting an Indain win here and they were winning it until the last 4 or 5 overs where thing turn around but never mind these things happen in t20 cricket,as g.narsimha rightly said this match was played for Yuvi,i am a a Big fan of yuvi and i was really happy to see yuvi getting some runs after a long break.Hope yuvi gets this form in the coming worldt20 God bless u yuvi lot of love from Pak.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

MS DHONI too late finisher

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 12, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

@Musa Saeen: It was indeed a great come back.. unfortunately you didnt get was a small step for Yuvi and giant step for this lovely and loss are part of game..try to go beyond that..and btw it was a comeback of a person..his will power to be on the field.. and the fight and hard work involved behind the scene..not of a person who came back after after SUSPENSION..

Posted by hari040761 on (September 12, 2012, 6:03 GMT)


Posted by rsurya on (September 12, 2012, 6:02 GMT)

I remember once in IPL4 there was a poll question "Who is the best finisher in the world?" A.) AB DEVILLERS B.) DHONI AB GOT around 60% votes. But what I felt at that time was. Its the funniest question I ever heard in recent times. We are sick of other Ideas. In Tamilnadu, in a movie Ajith Kumar(actor) will turn the side mirror of an auto to start it (its a comedy actually) but in reality dhoni does the same in the name of captaincy. I like team South Africa even if they don't win any worldcups, they will fight and lose instead of win by luck. They never throw the Dice.

Posted by praveen4honestremark on (September 12, 2012, 6:01 GMT)

NZ Congratulations!! Well bowled, and you deserve win. I didn't like how Dhoni batted and has been batting.Dhoni works hard on his batting but that is mostly on hard hitting, what about good strokes, i mean straight bat strokes and playing slow balls well. Dhoni is very slow of all Indian batsman against slow balls There was only emphasis on hard hitting in practice sessions i guess by Fletcher on Dhoni batting. Dhoni's self belief on his batting is laudable but his self belief and achievements have closed his mind in learning new things. Time has come to go and talk strongly to Dhoni and show his failures in matches playing slowly. Make him to listen. If this is trend where no one dares and talks, not strongly says him to improve then Team India will loose a lot. Let his black mailing words of saying search another captain end by keeping a strong mentor above Dhoni who has guts to change this Dhoni or rest him for some matches so he can come back to his senses again realizing mistake

Posted by go_pk_go on (September 12, 2012, 5:56 GMT)

Its a shame for the mighty indians that their giant hitters (apart from kohli) are not even good enough to get 49 off 42 balls with 7 wickets in hand. Shame on.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Have a heart my Indian friends, loosing by one run doesnt mean any thing when it is a t20 match that too not of WC but in preparation of WC, now that your team know what mistake she made so I am sure you people will cope up with that small mistake thats not a big deal. What I personally think that India and even Pakistan by loosing these last T20Is before WC will keep them cautioned not to become overconfident. Other wise we all know these two are best t20 sides in the world. Hope to see another Pak v Ind T20 WC final. I personally like MS Dhoni, he is a world class batsman just in one or two odd matches you cannt just brust it out to him. By the way we also had Misbah and we didnt send him to T20 WC :p

Posted by Solid_Snake on (September 12, 2012, 5:46 GMT)

@g.narsimha->Have you ever bowled out Aus team on a total of 89 runs in T20's? I guess you forgot the 1st T20 of the same series you talking about.. And you comparing a pitch where in T20 the Avg total is 134 runs..Where as the pitch that i saw yesterday in India..On man!!! it was like a heaven for batsmen.I bet that it was prepared specially for Yuvraj.No wonder he performed well..

PS->The same special arrangments were also made for the Great Sachin's 100th Century which in the end came when the opponents were Bangladesh..

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 5:43 GMT)

i dont know why gambhir - the attitude guy is still in the team. what did he do in this whole nz series? dhoni atleast contributed in test series. gambhir should be sacked as soon as possible. he only plays for kkr.

Posted by indiabadri on (September 12, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

Dhoni has again showed that he is not a confident captain. All the commentators just hype him. At the toss, he was asked whether they want to win since the previous 4 encounters against Newzealand India lost, he says he will try. Whereas when it was asked to Ross Taylor he said we are here to win. Dhoni doesnt have positive attitude and always consumes more deliveries in T 20 where strike rate should be more than 100. I think he will be under 100 if you see the records. I dont think with this attitude India can win world cup. Srikkanth will get a gift steel cup from srilanka for going out as chairman.

Posted by CricketingStargazer on (September 12, 2012, 5:40 GMT)

There seems to be a correlation between how seriously a side takes its domestic T20 tournament and how well the national side performs at the format. Maybe it is significant.

Posted by MRM44 on (September 12, 2012, 5:37 GMT)

Bad luck india... any how well played team india..MS had tough time with bat thr.. he s a match winner though wasted wonderful match... INDIA lost all matches against NZ. (4 matches).. don't do it in world cup..

Posted by rosh280 on (September 12, 2012, 5:35 GMT)

we can never say it is a bad luck. we did not have plan for b.maccullum, franklin,maxwell,oram. we played natural game. we need to bring ravindra jadeja to the 20-20 squad and even yusuf pathan is a good bowler he can also contain run. They are also the good batsman and bowler to watch.we can also use jalaj saxena and bhuvanesh kumar to this side.what is wrong we try baba aparajith to the squad. To find their potential we need to give more chances to them. we need to introspect some players in that last match. dhoni is responsible to this match failure when we had lot of potential players like rohit sharma, irfan, manoj thiwari, aswin, balaji all can clear the boundaries. still dhoni could not find strokes. the last 5 overs costed a lot. anyway yuvraj played his natural game i liked it. wish him good luck. we could make him captain and dhoni be removed, even sehwag,gambir they are not playing at all.

Posted by Captain_Crick on (September 12, 2012, 5:24 GMT)

Dhoni always has this strategy of taking it to the last ball of a match. Though this makes absolute sense in certain match situations especially in 50 overs format, this approach was totally uncalled for in a 42 balls 49 runs to win T20 scenario. In a way Team India actually did not utilize the batting services of Rohit, Manoj, Pathan and Ashwin. What a waste of resources! Team India under Dhoni is more suited to winning the 50 over formats consistently. T20 cricket requires aggressive, proactive and thoughtful leadership (read calculated risks) to win games consistently. Dot balls hurt you bad in T20's. Top T20 teams would have won this match comfotably with 3 or more wickets remaining. India needs to revise it's strategy and game plan in the T20 worldcup if it fancies any chances of making it to the last 4.

Posted by El_Toro_Loco on (September 12, 2012, 5:23 GMT)

Paging Hyderabadiplayer & indianpunjabi to shed some light on how NZ pulled the victory out of india's mouth on your home ground in front of packed indians? The so called invincible batting line up couldn't chase 160, after playing IPL games on the same ground. LOL.... Ciao

Posted by SamRoy on (September 12, 2012, 5:14 GMT)

A half fit Yuvraj is better than Ravindra Jadeja but I was concerned with Yuvraj's lack of stamina. He seemed short of breadth every time he had to take quick runs and refused sharp twos quite a few times with Dhoni which he normally breezes through. He is only 50-60% fit. Though he still has that great gift of timing and power as he always had. Hope, by the time T20 World Cup knock out stages arrive he gets back to around 75-80% fitness.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 12, 2012, 5:13 GMT)


Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 12, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

BY THE WAY does any one know when did sehwag gets injured ? or he was just dropped from team by dhoni again . also rohit sharma & manoj tiwari both were selcted in team so dhoni could have send rohit sharma or tiwari at no.5 , it would also help them to score runs & gain some confidence before the t20 WC.

Posted by amilag on (September 12, 2012, 5:08 GMT)

India can not beat NZ(very much an average team) in India! LOL How can they qualify for 2nd round of T20 WC? No way....

Posted by haseeb on (September 12, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

thats just over confidence of MS dhoni that cost india a T20 match ..49 to get of 42 with wickets in hand u expect to win 9 out of 10 times in this format ..with india playing at home and indian players play a lot more t20 matches due to the IPL now they should have known while chasing and especially when u know wicket is going to slow down u need to be above the required rate all the time ..T20 is very intresting in a way even if u r chasing 198 in 20 overs and u are 190 at the end of 19th over u still need 8 runs in an over tats tricky with one or 2 dot balls and a wicket or two u can loose the match so whenever chasing teams should target chasing in 19 overs ..anyways saw few comments people referring to pakistan lost to Australia in that 3rd t20 .. let me tell u losing by 1 run hurts u more than by losing by 94 runs and especially in front of ur home crowd .. so whatever u guys say tats still sad result for India !!

Posted by SamRoy on (September 12, 2012, 5:04 GMT)

The important thing wasn't Dhoni's 23 ball 22. The important thing was Dhoni taking most of the strike from 14th over till the middle of 18th over (and scoring 16 ball 8) and causing Yuvraj to lose his momentum. Yuvraj was cruising when Dhoni came to the crease at 12 ball 21. So a 42 ball 49 became a 12 ball 25. Some credit should also be given to Franklin and Oram as they varied their pace and length intelligently.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 12, 2012, 5:00 GMT)


Posted by only4win on (September 12, 2012, 4:59 GMT)

hi guys,stop all this blaming n non sense comments,the fact is that new zealand hasnt won this match india did manage to loss this match,only due to dhonis habbit to pull the match to the last ball,when india has not many batsman to bat then dhonis this strategy is reasonable, but when u have 7 wickets in ur hand, then the only word that can be used for dhoni's planning is SUICIDE. dhoni this is team india not team dhoni,dnt make it ur personal property,plz change this habbit, otherwise U19 guys r ready to kick u out of the team,the most positive thing for india is YUVI comeback, hats off to uvi, and great bowling by pathan, ask MSD y he is sticking to rohit again again,irfan is much better batsman than him,......a lucky win for NZ,IF INDIA WANT TO WIN WC 2012 THEN DNT GIVE THE SEATS TO CHAWLA, ROHIT, DINDA IN THAT FLIGHT TO LANKA, ..... and in this t20 WC the team with the best bowling line up will win, which team has the most gutsy bowler like pathan,swan, botha, narine,....

Posted by bhrangi on (September 12, 2012, 4:58 GMT)

@All other team fans : For 1 run defeat , u guys are critisizing like anything. I dont understand y pakisatni bro commenting here,. guys just look at ur last match. I wonder how this indian team hurted Pak and SL fans. Pak never won Ind in any of world cup matches. And SL nothing to say, 4-1 recently in their home turf. I think only SA and NZ fans deserve to critisize Ind for 1 run defeat may be ;-)

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

@brija well said, unfortunately there are too many diehard fans of Dhoni who feel that he is the best captain and batsmen India had ever had and attribute the T20 and WC wins solely to him as if the other 10 in the teams are just duds..IMHO he was solely responsible for India's loss yday by not attacking from the beginning and leaving it to late.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (September 12, 2012, 4:55 GMT)

Man, how did we mess up this one? Congrats to Franklin and Oram for some very good death bowling but we had no business losing with 7 wickets in hand and just around 7 runs per over. A waste of a super innings by Kohli. Dhoni seems to be no more a power hitter but just a sprinter. Gambhir's right, last over heroics wont work all the time

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Feel good factor guys !! Test India wins and T20 New Zealand wins !! All even !!!!!

Posted by JUBINJOSE on (September 12, 2012, 4:50 GMT)

Doni's selfishness is the only raeson behind India's loss.He is trying to become a Cool(??) by forwarding the match to the last over.The picth become slow only when Dhoni arrived,it is not an excuse for Dhoni.If irfan was come ahead of Dhoni it will de surely a winning match for India.I would like to appreciate and congratulate Yuvi for his super performance and come back from death.I salute this man.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Hard to understand and digest this part, After 15 overs, when there were 7 wickets in hand with 2 specialized batmen to follow and almost 2 allrounders in the line up, why one goes for defensive approach. I thought T20 match is mostly you hit or get out from ball one. Need a specialist coach for T20 and team composure needs to be based on strike rate average.(not the mere average)

Posted by challagalla on (September 12, 2012, 4:39 GMT)

I don't agree the pitch changed drastically during the last few overs of India's chase. Even the Kiwis found batting difficult in the last few overs and this is more due to Irfan and Balaji bowling slower and also possibly due to 2 new batsmen at the crease. Oram and Franklin learnt from Irfan and Balji and bowled slower and made batting difficult for the Indians. It is possible the softer ball in the last stages of the innings makes batting just that much more difficult for both teams. Anyway well done New Zealand and here is hoping India does better in Sri Lanka. One last point , maybe just maybe, Rohit or Tiwari should have come ahead of Dhoni. They have less to lose and are more willing to take chances and may have hit that one elusive shot that was the difference between winning and losing.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:37 GMT)

The Tigers(Bangladesh) are surely hoping to face Pakistan. Not to mention, they have a score to settle. Pakistan would have to withstand the tigers' incursion to survive. Pakistan devoured the cat's lair and the abode in the Asia Cup Finals. They plundered the grail, the tigers were debilitated and pushed to the limits. Pakistan would be on the receiving end of the Tigers' wrath and I can certainly tell you this.... RETRIBUTION WILL BE ENTAILED! Mushfiq the leader of the pack, Shakib the General and Tamim, the leader of the cavalry has set the sail with the rest of the comrades. They will reach the Isle of Lanka and would countermand everything. Their eyes would be on the grail( The Trophy) and they are ready to fight for it. They never relinquish! Not to mention, I root Pakistan just like I root for the Aussies. But the Tigers are the heartbeats of 160 million Bangladeshis.. Anyhow, Good Luck to our adversaries!

Posted by umaMohanraj on (September 12, 2012, 4:36 GMT)

Congrats kholi & Yuvi ! you have grat potential to play under pressure situations. Take it positive. Keep going.

Posted by himohan007 on (September 12, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

I think Indian cricket team is doing the wrong thing resting the entire responsibility on one young man's shoulder Kholi when he is prime form which they did to Tendulkar. More than slowing down the chase they messed it up because of over confident. Why the hell is Nohit Sharma in the team and Tiwary is not a pinch hitter. Those 2 were useless in the team.Panthan would have done the job.Knowing Harbi 6 hitting ability of fast bowlers in IPL(Bolinger,Hilfy etc) even would have crossed home with ease. Anyway I enjoyed the match Thanks to Irfana,Kholi,Yuvi.......

Posted by Rush2ram on (September 12, 2012, 4:33 GMT)

Well done Yuvi and Kohli.. Match lost only because of one and only DHONI.. Why he came ahead of Rohit and Manoj.. Even Pathan could have won the match for us in that situation.. horrible batting by Dhoni.. But well played NZ.

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 12, 2012, 4:30 GMT)

@g.narisma,ausies victory in last t20 was a fluke in real sense n Who CARES we won d series,dubai,uae offr something to all n by no means they r road like indian pitchs,WEREN'T UR TEAM PLAYNG AT THEIR BACKYARD,THE SO MUCH HYPD HOME.Pluck out kohli N U r left with flat track bulies,its so funy to see that 'home made' 'champions can't win even at home against competitive oponents,lolz.DAMN WITH IND BOWLNG,THEY Have made Mc.culum gain his form n he can vry explosive in ths frmat bt evrybdy knows there z a markd dif btwen domestic level ind bowlng n intrnatnl standard of bowlrs.

Posted by Smack-DAT on (September 12, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

Just one T-20 defeat and here they are again (SL and PAK fans)..even if we win they will bring back the same old story of ENG and AUS getting boring now..and btw PAK has lost ODI series both to ENG and AUS in 'home conditions' favoring their 'WORLD CLASS ATTACK'.. now that wat we call LMAO

Posted by PriteshRajore on (September 12, 2012, 4:25 GMT)

I agree with All comment against dhoni ..he is the worst finisher .....he is showing his oversmartness.....only bcz of him we lost this match & many more...he should take retirement from 20-20 & one day matches.......Dhoni please leave for Indian hope for world cup of 20-20

Posted by shane-oh on (September 12, 2012, 4:19 GMT)

You know, after weeks of comments from Indian fans insulting the NZ team and telling us how useless NZ is because of their poor results, it's nice to know that it turns out we are actually better than India! Remember, NZ is a team that shouldn't be allowed to play against the top tier nations!

Posted by Resultpredictor on (September 12, 2012, 4:17 GMT)

Great comeback by Yuvi, lost the match only because of MSD slow batting. MSD is the best ODI player,he is not good in tests and T20s.

Posted by nmr.raghava on (September 12, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Slow pitch made chase difficult for Dhoni ...why don't he accept his mistakes

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:15 GMT)

Why are we not asking Zaheer khan to take a break from Limited Overs Cricket. He is more precious for India to be successful in Tests... Hope Pathan Cements his place, & then India Plays another Bowler in place of Tiwary or Rohit.

Posted by Sarangarajan on (September 12, 2012, 4:14 GMT)

Dhoni's obsession of taking the game to the wire and his showmanship has cost us a game India should have won easily.Some obsession.No way one can explain the defeat with so many wickets in hand. No use blaming the pitch etc. It is so sad that India has lost the game after such a wonderful batting display by Kohli and 'come back' Yuvraj.

Posted by bobagorof on (September 12, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

satish619chandar: The difference is that Australia adapted to the conditions and improved across their series. They didn't get themselves into a winning position and then throw it away. If that's what you think India were practicing then it should make for a disappointing Twenty20 World Cup for several billion people.

Posted by Narbavi on (September 12, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

Lol, just like i expected, too many haters, look at the bashing for a one run loss, dhoni's batting cost us the game no doubt but i would advice other fans not to bash unnecessarily, you guys are simply jealous of our success over the past few years!!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

India is a better ODI team than T20.

Posted by kaidranzer on (September 12, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Don't crucify me for saying this but for this Indian team, Kohli is starting to become like Tendulkar of the 90's. In those times if Tendulkar got out, India was in shambles. The situation is not that dire at the moment but I see this happening in the future.

Posted by indianphysio on (September 12, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

it because of dhoni that india lost and easy victory,u could see the frustration on virat 's face when match ended.dhoni's style to take the match till end cost us lot of time in past..i don't know why he came ahead of rohit,tiwary and irfan..if he wanted hitting he could send irfan instead..sometimes he act stupid for team benefit..and now he even cant give excuse tht there was no batsman behind me as he did in australia...india need to take this issue seriously in worldcup as this captain might make them loose cup if he keep things till last always.

Posted by musa441 on (September 12, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

well the final conclusion shud be that india lost the match against a low ranked newzealand!! which is even weaker than bangladesh at the moment. those who say pakistan lost the last t20 against australia lol although the ranking has no meaning in t20's still u guys forgetting one thing pakistan also got australia out on 88 in the first match i dont see india having the class to do that to australia anywhere in the world in t20 and odis!! in tests they can but only in india and that too by preparing vicious turners which make their average spinners look like world class i bet india plays australia in uae for example the australians will murder their bowlers!! ashwin is no ajmal he is one dimentional bowler easy to pick and manipulate!!still believe harbajjan is 100 times better than him!! but ajmal is father of all current spinners in the world today!!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

Yes yes is the dought.....lets take the t20 cup home...

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:55 GMT)

Hai,from Bangladesh we are waiting for you(NZ) in the World Cup.You should be ready to face some quality spin bowling.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 3:48 GMT)

BILAL DEMON SELVATOR -IF U won 1st match in u ae than what about our 2-0 in tests ,u r talking big man ,in reality u dont have bats man of international standard what ever wins during this period u achieded were in UAE u r FOTRESS but we have seen in SL BEATEN IN ALL FORMET, what will happen once u comes out ,u people are whining the bowler in full sleeves but he could not win a single match of his own against us till date , he may be a THOP to POMS , AUSSEES IN UAE,TRACKS but ,he is nothing for INDIANS it proved in erlier 5 encounters right from ASIA CUP in SL in 2010 TO DHAAKAA where u r so called self asumed best bowling was sent to cleaners as 330 could not be defended , no harm in dreaming ,at last u people got some thing to celebrate on others win , keep it up .

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:46 GMT)

Indian team must include or recall Yusuf Pathan for would T20 cup, other wase this types of problem will happen again ( because only one six can change the whole Match )

Posted by skumar77 on (September 12, 2012, 3:38 GMT)

MSD has won some matches to India but this one we lost due to him. Thanks to MSD. Needing 39 in 5 with 7 wickets should be a cakewalk but MSD comes out with excuses of slow wicket etc. Why could he not not slog it out when we had Rohit, Irfan and Tiwary to follow?

I think he soured Yuvraj's comeback, put pressure on Yuvi and himself with his stupid slow start after which he got stuck.

Posted by akbaassu on (September 12, 2012, 3:35 GMT)

Terribly disappointed with Dhoni

Posted by Alexk400 on (September 12, 2012, 3:31 GMT)

@ uday I don't undetstand what you said. Sachin (Rajapur Saraswat brahmin), Dravid(Deshastha Brahmin) & Ashwin(Iyer brahmin) are all brahmins.

Brahmins in the current squad(year-2012): Sachin Tendulkar - Rajapur Saraswat brahmin.

Suresh Raina - Kashmiri Pandit.

Rahul Dravid - Deshastha Brahmin (the name dravid is not of his family, but given by the Tanjore King for the service of their ancestors in the tanjore temples).

V.V.S.Laxman - Niyogi Brahmin

Murali Vijay - Iyengar Brahmin

R. Ashwin - Iyer Brahmin

Cheteshwar Pujara - Gujarati Pujara Brahmin

Manoj Tiwari - Although currently in Bengal, he is of Bhojpuri-Bihari brahmin origin.

Rohit Sharma - Telugu Brahmin

Ishant Sharma - Gaur Brahmin

R.P.Singh - Although brahmins usually donot have surnames such as "Singh", R.P.Singh happens to be a brahmin. There are quite a few U.P. brahmins who have the surname "Singh".

Amit Mishra - Mishra Brahmin from Delhi.

Cricinfo also infested by brahmins who do not like strong team.

Posted by g.narsimha on (September 12, 2012, 3:29 GMT)

WICKY ROY PAK LOVER -So u r here , but my dear just go back to the match in UAE just 2 days back the way u r so called best bowling was thrashed by a team placed as lowly as IRELAND, lost odis , OUR BOWLING is not that bad , the pitch was real belter , this match was played for YUVI - THATS it, we enjoyed it , not that we were all out for 70 runs so thnk of u r team what is i n store out side UAE cant win even in SL.

Posted by monisammy on (September 12, 2012, 3:25 GMT)

well I really felt that IRFAN/TIWARI should have come ahead of DHONI.. he has always done this not only to INDIA but also to CSK... He just cant come and straight away hit boundaries.. he needs time to settle down.. either he opens the innings or come at no.7/8. a match that any country would have one being in this position.. He should have taken the responsibility for the LOSS..

Posted by satish619chandar on (September 12, 2012, 3:23 GMT)

@Posted by on (September 11 2012, 20:12 PM GMT) : loool. Naming NZ as a weaker team and then again strong in this format in same sentence is rather funny mate. Keep it up!

Posted by Extraa_Cover on (September 12, 2012, 3:21 GMT)

@maazi India is world champion in ODI and Eng is the world champion in t20. And don't boast too much about your victory against Aus, I just want to remind you that, a team is as good as their last performance. In that case, India has lost by one run and I need not talk about the defeat Pak had. I understand why you can't control your laughter.

Posted by monisammy on (September 12, 2012, 3:20 GMT)


Posted by satish619chandar on (September 12, 2012, 3:19 GMT)

Lol. Are the Indian fans allowed to use the same excuse as Australian/English fans in term of - We used this game as practice game and got a good workout from it? Dhoni intentionally made a 49 off 42 chase into a 34 off 18 and had a simulated chase kinda stuff to test himself and though failed to reach by one run, gave an invaluable practice to the team? This would be termed as excuse but not what Bailey or Broad said.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

welllllll done black caps, im very happy with your victory over india though im not a NZ citizen,

Posted by Mr.Blacksmith on (September 12, 2012, 3:15 GMT)

I say it bad luck for indians. They were favorite for this game, solute to kiwis. World T20 is the real test for all the teams, i think if india beat Pak in warm up match their moral will be so high and vice versa. kiwis' next test is Pak.

Posted by Romenevans on (September 12, 2012, 3:13 GMT)

Lost it because of Dhoni's Obsession for Last Ball Finish! Remove this word "Kohli" from this team in all the 3 formats and this team won't even win in Sub-continent conditions.

Posted by brija on (September 12, 2012, 3:03 GMT)

dhoni landed us to another defeat.ghambir told us last time that dhoni likes to take the match to last over and he himself does not like to play big shots .how true.he is only interested in his averages.shame dhoni

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 12, 2012, 2:59 GMT)


Posted by siri12345 on (September 12, 2012, 2:52 GMT)

@adnan ayub i really find your comments very funny.when india keeps on winning matches it is their performance which win u matches but when india loose its opposition at the indian bowling attack ,every young batsman around the globe will aspire to make debut in a series against india.anyways salute to yuvraj for a brave comeback but unfortunately your captain mahendra most of the time lucky dhoni ruined it for you.

Posted by dariuscorny on (September 12, 2012, 2:51 GMT)

im not too disappointed with this Indian defeat as my whole attention was on Yuvi's comeback,just wanted to observe his fitness.he fared good,he was giving signs of Yuvraj of old.with every game he gong to get better.though there was some sort of rustiness in his batting,but very much satisfied with his display.still feel India should have won it comfortably,but Dhoni's approach these days has changed,he is trying to take the game to last over,and win it,which is not going to happen in every game,with wickets in hand India should hv won it......

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 2:48 GMT)

lol....and that too on flat tracks where they have their best batting line up in world i was amazed to see couple of their flat track bullies in top 10 batting line up

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 2:22 GMT)

INDIA just bob down at the end. Taking it as be brave, balls are left behind. But it was getting tough. Hitting in pressure, really take effort. Luck goes to NZL.

Posted by BenGundry on (September 12, 2012, 2:13 GMT)

NZ are likely to bring N McCullum and Southee in for Hira and Milne in the WC. That will make their bowling very strong for the T20i format.

Posted by passionatecricbug on (September 12, 2012, 2:04 GMT)

The headline should have been, "Dhoni manages to pull out another defeat from the gates of victory". 49 needed off 42 balls with 8 7 wickets in hand you would think that the team can clearly win, but no sir this team has player named Dhoni who will always try to take the game to the last over, even if it can be finished two overs earlier. huh X(

Posted by on (September 12, 2012, 1:56 GMT)

World cup winning U19 INDIAN team should have played in this match in stead of its seniors except Yuvaraj. Better we send our U19 heroes to T20 WC which starts this month. Better luck next time Team India..

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

@ CricketComesFirst Don't lose heart buddy, india will definitely silence all it's faithful critics

Posted by kristee on (September 12, 2012, 1:54 GMT)

Compare the reactions to a certain 100th-century-cum-200th-loss and Dhoni herein, no matter he has been a remarkable finisher at SC venues.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 1:49 GMT)

well well now non indian fans will now enjoy.Ok u call the indian bowlers the club level bowlers but they consided 167 against an international team.And u call the batsmen a good international batting line-up but they falied achieve 168.Well guys u always analyse the indian team why bcoz this average team can win goddamn worldcups and big tournaments.Honestly think has not this average looking indian team managed to pull of 2 goddamn worldcups in 5 years time.What your gr8 international teams have achieved in these 5 years.

Posted by Sunil4476 on (September 12, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

Match Analysis Good comments by Cpt Meanster(as usual)& good observation and comment by prodigy A As usual very ordinary bowling(which I think is most important in this format) As usual exceptional batting from Kohli(He's in purple patch god help India when he goes out of form expect ot lose Afganistan) Gambhir needs serious tap on his shoulder (he is class act when in form but everyone needs a reminder of not taking their place for granted including Cpt cool and my Fav player Sachin) no one is above team when playing for country Yuvi one of my fav player. I have more respect for you after what you have gone through and what you achived yesterday but think still needs some match practice b4 world cup Timely 1 run loss b4 world cup to reflect on weaknesses and gameplan and improve before world cup. I still believe we have plenty of good players to win WC provided sane selection and performance on the day Last but not the least congratulations to NZ team 4 wonderful performance

Posted by CandidIndian on (September 12, 2012, 1:29 GMT)

Good lesson learned before t20 WC,all that media hype around this match ,gosh, i wonder if we would have won breaking news would have floated about classical comebacks and all those fairy tale stuff.Such losses keeps you down, with reality that is.

Posted by sohaibahmad on (September 12, 2012, 1:26 GMT)

Greats like Boycott and Barrington were dropped for slow scoring even though their team didnt lose, Dhoni is nowhere near them and should be dropped for atleast 1 match for slow scoring

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 12, 2012, 0:53 GMT)

@mazii - Calm down bro. India won both tests against New Zealand. Did not see you around when that happened. lolzz. India was #1 in tests for close to 2 years. India lost the only T20 by 1 run...It's the smallest margin that you can lose a game. BTW, who knows Pakistan may beat the record for the lowest total in a T20 that they achieved couple of days ago, in the coming World Cup. Hope to see you then!!

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 0:52 GMT)

As a long suffering NZ cricket fan I will take a win any way it comes. Great to see Oram performing with bat and ball after all the stick he gets back home for his injuries.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

After Yuvaraj was out, Irfan shoulld have been sent since he can hit sixers compared to out of form Rohit and India could have won. Also Dhoni's intention to take to last ball to hit winning runs in each and every limited overs game was also miserably failed.

Posted by   on (September 12, 2012, 0:46 GMT)

It kind of reminded me of that loss that NZ had against SA earlier this year where NZ were cruising and then Jesse R put the brakes on and we faltered. Nice works, lads - I'll support you guys forever, regardless of form.

Posted by DanielNarayan on (September 12, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

I will post the same comment that I posted about 6 months ago (and I get the feeling I could post the same one every month) Dhoni is a selfish batsman who looks to protect his average. There can be no other reason for ridiculously playing out dot balls in a T20 match and expecting the other batsman to take all the risks, no matter who the other batsman is! A ball is a ball to be scored off, whether in the beginning, middle or end. Does Dhoni feel that as captain he is allowed to remain not out in every match even though the team will lose? I would love to see a cricinfo statistic about the asking run rate when Dhoni comes in to bat in T20and ODI and what his run rate is comparatively after say 30 balls of every innings. It would make for very interesting (and not very flattering) reading!

Posted by Patchmaster on (September 12, 2012, 0:01 GMT)

Go NZ ! Yeeeeeee Haaaaaaaa ! Love you All Black boys - Massive congrats from the whole of New Zealand !

Posted by crrkiran on (September 11, 2012, 23:55 GMT)

@ all dhoni bashers - if in success u cant credit him,then u cant blame him in failure. simple fact of life

Posted by Meety on (September 11, 2012, 23:52 GMT)

Dhoni has done a lot of great things for India, but this innings was NOT one of them!!!!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

mazi perhaps u forget india always thrash pakistan in the world cups

Posted by Agila on (September 11, 2012, 23:36 GMT)

One loss and India bashers are all back! where were they when India was battering NZ in the tests! No disrespect to NZ though!

Posted by NaniIndCri on (September 11, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

Dhoni has always been this way, taking the game to last over where he backs on bowlers making a mistake of bowling in his favorable areas but today Martin and Oram did not panic and mixed their pace well.

Posted by NEPTUNE5 on (September 11, 2012, 22:52 GMT)

I don't think that one team can be dominant in t20 format, its anybody game...because of (1) individual perfomances counts in this format, (2) u find a momentum n whoops the game it finish...

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (September 11, 2012, 22:37 GMT)

@mazii : FYI: New Zealand was white washed by Bangladesh in Dhaka.

Posted by KamalBishnoi on (September 11, 2012, 22:23 GMT)

God we dont have chance in upcoming T20 WC... Aus is looking better than us even wen they are ranked lower than Ireland :(

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 22:22 GMT)

thank you MSD

Posted by mazii on (September 11, 2012, 21:55 GMT)

samincolumbia...Bro don't be angry whenever India wins by just one run then fans like you say a win is a win and now you are talking about hammering. India has already got hammered by England and Australia 8-0. lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.And now to add insult to injury India has lost the only t20 at home turf against a team that have lots of youngster and except two or three players they have nothing. I understand now suddenly you will change your stance and will say that Ne Zealand is very good in this format. Where India lost the opposition is very good but where they win the opposition was too good but India was mighty good for them. lolzzzzzzzzz

Posted by Dilbar786 on (September 11, 2012, 21:51 GMT)

Congrattss NZ...on other hand ind has ordinary bowling attack..

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 11, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

Just shows what a lottery T20 is. India trounce their visitors in every other form of the game but NZ and England managed to beat them in india in T20s in the last year. Not taking anything away from NZ as it takes a lot of effort and skill to win in India in any format. India are still my bet for the WCT20 by the way

Posted by 2nd_Slip on (September 11, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

After these two fantastic victories on foreing conditions from Newzealand and Australia against India and Pakistan respectively i would say it would be utter stupidity to think that teams from the sub continent(India,Pak,Sri Lanka) have an advantage going into the T20 world cup. It is there for the taking, even Englad with all their troubles and laclustre performances of late can count themselves in with a chance. T20 cricket is so unpredictable( remember Zimbabwe convincingly defeting Australia in the first T20 would cup in South Africa!!!). Wouldnt be surprized if West Indies won the tournerment either!!!!.

Posted by sunilvaidya on (September 11, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

It is true that at one point we needed 49 runs from 42 balls---lets see what happened after that...we lost by one run that means we made 47 runs from the remaining 42 balls---

The break up is---

Yuvraj 17 balls 15 runs Kohli 1 ball 0 runs Dhoni 24 balls 22 runs Rohit 2 balls 4 runs

3 wides and 3 legbyes

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 11, 2012, 21:44 GMT)

@ WickyRoy.paklover - Cant stop laughing :) :) :) .. Pak Fielders are better than India's ?? Really?? Did you actually see the match ? or are you just working on your sense of humor? Its time at least you watch the match before posting - at least would not make you sound like an Embarrassment for your fellow countrymen !!! remember all the sitters dropped by Pakistan fielders in the ODI's against AUS ? Yeah - i know - You don't!!.....India lost this match by 1 run in a hot chase due to slower than expected batting by just one batsman MSD - not because of dropped catches.

Posted by mazii on (September 11, 2012, 21:38 GMT)

Pakistan also thrashed Australia in the first T20. I think you Indian forgot that. Hehehehe. By the way nice excuse over this loss. World's best batting line up couldn't able to chase 160 odd runs in its home turf. I can't hold my laughter. Go India go, win the world cup..lolzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. Even Bangladesh can win at home but India can't.lolzzzzzzzzzzzz

Posted by mazii on (September 11, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

hahahahahaha......India world champion......

Posted by SEANROY on (September 11, 2012, 21:32 GMT)

INDIA may have lost but many positives for wc : kohli's form,pathan's form and most importantly yuvi is back

Posted by BravoBravo on (September 11, 2012, 21:29 GMT)

The 1-run margin truly reflects the current ranking of the Minnows.

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 11, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

@Mayan - Ever won the WC T20? Pray that Sri Lanka won't be meeting India in the final, otherwise Dhoni is going to butcher your bowlers like he did in WC 2011..haha.

Posted by Agila on (September 11, 2012, 21:24 GMT)

While India were complacent in the end, costing them the match by 1 run, NZ deserves all credit!. Well played black caps! No other teams managed that against India in "India", despite all the talk

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 11, 2012, 21:22 GMT)

All the english and pak fans out of the woodwork celebrating NZ's massive one run win over India....lolz. Needed a distraction from the hammering they received from SA and Australia respectively.

Posted by Rash_inswinger on (September 11, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

i believe the single most contributing factor to India's loss was the running between the wickets and ground fielding and the black caps edged IND out in this department....superb strokeplay by Mc'cullum and gutsy response by Virat...

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 21:06 GMT)

@cricfan_99 yeah we sure will stick around n see how our magicians wraps your lame over rated team in the warm up match except virat kohli he is the only one worthy of some praise in indian teams all others are ordinary and over rated and talking of 94 runs thrashing we gave aussies a thrashing of life time in the first match of the series i guess if u watched that match u wont be having giggles lol cant wait for 17th ;)

Posted by Baber_Baloch on (September 11, 2012, 21:03 GMT)

Never blame Dhoni he gave two world cup to indian what u want more ,,he is winner good finsher but luck not always with every one,,,why all this,,,from all indian team dhoni is best ...dhoni good wishes from Pakistan

Posted by abmughal on (September 11, 2012, 21:00 GMT)

good game. welcome back yuvi. but most important indian team without kohli is just llike fish out of water, indian other batsman should take responsibility otherwise it is going to hapend what hapend in the last two WT20 with team india. sub continent conditions may help their batsman but what about the bowlers and indian bowlers!!!!!!!! their best bowler ashwin was the most expensive today. with this bowling i dont think that they are going into the semis in worldT20. best of luck

Posted by vertical on (September 11, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

Yuvraj does not seem very fit but his added value from his slow left arm spinners might just come in handy and India would have a good chance to win the t20 world cup if Dhoni either comes at 7 or gets out of being till the end mentality and losing a won game.Lost us the 2009 cup I remember when he made 11 from 23 ball against the Windies.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:59 GMT)

a nice game, good work by kiwis plus good to see Yuvraj Singh back after having that all terrible time with health and wonderful display of skills for Kohli. People should be concerned about quality and entertainment of cricket rather than being abusive and criticizing each other's team. Cricket is a smart man game and smart man never show fingers to each other!

Posted by nzcricket174 on (September 11, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

And now we will have to put up with another year of failures from McCullum before he does this again.

Posted by davidatlas999 on (September 11, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

@Cricfan_99 every one have the right say there emotion and what they felt about other team performance between who you are stopping someone commenting here grow up dear.And yes today dhoni played very poorly which i saw 1st time really.cheers

Posted by Nampally on (September 11, 2012, 20:54 GMT)

It was a well contested close match & NZ were lucky to win it by one run. To start with, Indian bowling was disappointingly poor. Only ZAK & Irfan looked like bowlers. Ashwin & Balaji were both extremely poor with no control over length or direction. Ashwin was singularly attrocious & needs to show a step improvemnt in the World cup or make way to alternate bowler. India have several better bowlers than they fielded in this match. Dhoni must stop bowling Kohli otherwise he will risk losing his star batsman. Dhawal Kukarni is too good a bowler to be ignored in this weak Indian bowling. India needs 5 tight bowlers who are economical & can get wkts. Irfan & ZAK are the only 2 such bowlers. P.Kumar, Munaf & Kulkarni are far better than Balaji. It is amazing how the selectors turn a blind eye to the bowlers.Indian batting is very strong & I was surprised they could not chase down 167 vs.NZ. India should have gone all out in the chase during the last 5 overs instead of relatively defensive!

Posted by amithkumar on (September 11, 2012, 20:51 GMT)

Wow Dhoni..... superb perfomance.. Only he could do that. he thinks he could always score six of the final delivery. Pathan should have been promoted instead of Dhoni and No-hit sharma.. Anyway far better than our neighbors.

Posted by Krishveena on (September 11, 2012, 20:50 GMT)

Dhoni, my boy! When will you ever own up to your mistakes? You blotched a fine job done by Virat and Raina and Yuvi, and all you can say is the pitch was slow? YOU were slow, not the pitch! Shame on you, mate!

Posted by Saim93 on (September 11, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

Interesting fact, India has never defeated New Zealand in T20's!

Posted by vertical on (September 11, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

22 runs from 23 balls geez.So many times Dhoni has lost us the match like this(tied match in the CB series just recently).He needs to realise there there is not much time to get in t20s and India has a long batting line up so he does need to see us through.A good wake up call to Dhoni this match hopefully.

Posted by ProdigyA on (September 11, 2012, 20:34 GMT)

@Bilal Raza - Yeah i know you are very happy and so will be many of ur countrymen but loosing by 1 run is not called "trashing". Trashing means loosing by 94 runs and shamelessly giving up chase in the first 5 overs.

Posted by Sunil_Canada on (September 11, 2012, 20:31 GMT)

Compared to watching on TV, it's much more different on ground and I am sure MSD had no reason not wanting to win. But Mr Cool did not seem to show any urgency though so many wickets were in hand. It's a good loss before the WC so that we hopefully learn from it. The commentators are cowards, they never have the guts to say anything negative about MSD & SRT. I am not looking for insulting the great legends like MSD & SRT but they should be honest which will help the Indian cricket. Let's support MSD and the Indian team. Just a question, what happened to Sehwag, not that it would have necessarily made any difference.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:30 GMT)

NZ continue its good record against India in T20int, 4 wins and no defeat.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

trust our captain to mess up an easy chase and snatch a defeat when victory was in the vicinity. kohli got out at the wrong time, but how would he know that we have a superb captain who wants to loose from a situation of win. this should be a lesson to kohli for the wc that he should take the task of finishing things himself like he does in odi's, because we have a superb captain waiting in the middle order to just screw up things and all he knows is how to create a pressure situation from a no pressure situation. if this is the case then seriously god help india in the cup and i wont be surprised if we lose to afganisthan as well

Posted by MasterClass on (September 11, 2012, 20:26 GMT)

BTW doe anyone think Franklin looks like Hrithik Roshan, goofy smile and all? Wonder if he has 2 thumbs? :)

Posted by MasterClass on (September 11, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

If Dhoni had promoted himself ahead of Yuvi like in the World Cup India may have won...LOL. Just having a bit if fun! Well done NZ! Kohli is Kool!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

LOL seems indias match finisher was smoked today. He is the only reason why india lost by just 1 run. His strike rate shows the whole story

Posted by Rajesh_india_1990 on (September 11, 2012, 20:16 GMT)

Not to worry about the result.. we lost only 4 wickets and just lost the match by one everyone is calling for dhoni's head...FUNNY FANS

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:15 GMT)

@Mayan Priyadarshana: hehe...Even Afghanistan has a chance of beating 'mighty' India ;)

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:12 GMT)

lool India couldn't even beat a weaker team like New Zealand especially at their home turf very ordinary team. Congratulations New Zealand very good at that format!

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (September 11, 2012, 20:08 GMT)

dhoni needs to learn just because his tactic of taking the game to the end works more often than not he still needs to have agressive intent and he needs to learn from kohli and covert dot balls into singles,i know there less twos avaiable today batting with yuvi but thats not excuse. thats what kohli does well in all forms of the game he always has eye for the single

Posted by RKEY on (September 11, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

dhoni luck can not be their with you everytime...........he really lacks in batting skills......just dont pretend that you know everything about cricket.......this is not cool at all

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

Wow, another thriller after the 2nd T20I between Pakistan & Australia. World Cup getting more exciting!

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 11, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

Indian fieldrs r bunch of jokrs,pak fieldrs must feel great about themslvs now,

Posted by khankijaan on (September 11, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

@WORLDCUPWINNER2011:: now u r gonna say "HUFFING PUffing win for the weaker NZ side against stronger indian side and in their homeground"

Posted by kc69 on (September 11, 2012, 20:02 GMT)

it is a common habit of subcontinental teams such as Pakistan,India and Sri Lanka to go high and suddenly fall down.None of the team from sub continent look favourite for this T20 WC(again its T20 and miracles can happen).

Posted by leleraja on (September 11, 2012, 20:00 GMT)

I hoped Dhoni would admit his slowness being the cause of India's defeat. He did'nt. Shame on you, Dhoni.

Posted by Prakmca on (September 11, 2012, 19:59 GMT)

If Dhoni learns from this mistake of dragging the things till last over, its good.....

Posted by samincolumbia on (September 11, 2012, 19:56 GMT)

@Cutlet - You need to chill..NZ won by one run, not by 84 runs!! Plus India were the inaugral T20 champs and the current ODI World Champs!

Posted by ovzdatta151 on (September 11, 2012, 19:51 GMT)

India lost the match because of Dhoni....

Posted by Cricfan_99 on (September 11, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

@ Mr Bilal Raza - Please worry about your own team's performance - losing by 1 run and losing by 94 is a huge difference - Atleast we go down fighting unlike some of our neighbors here who even after a huge thrashing come out here and post comments on other team's posts .. there is no shame in losing by a SINGLE run - It was a fantastic match anyway - we'll see on the 17th September anyway - Stick around mate and we'll make it quick!! we all know how good pakistan has been to us in the world cups anyway :) :) Giggles...

Posted by tommytucker on (September 11, 2012, 19:47 GMT)

wow, 49 runs off 42 balls. thats a choke.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

and india fans telling me that they are the favorites to win the world t20 lmao

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 11, 2012, 19:46 GMT)

Good game by the Black Caps !! Notes should be taken by MSD and the team management. They just snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. You can't keep playing dot balls ALL THE TIME !!! MS needs to be a little aggressive with his intent. I wouldn't be worried about the 1 run defeat by any means. India are one of the favorites to win the tournament so I am sure they will rock in the actual thing. Good come back by CHAMP YUVI !! And what a player Kohli !!! Overall I am happy with this outcome. Black Caps are always an excellent team in limited overs cricket. God bless.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:44 GMT)

Again because of Dhoni's madness India lost a easy victory match in Chennai.He thinks he knows everything about cricket and plays dot balls in t20 game. And bringing huge pressure with the other batsmen on the crease and batsmen to follow. Great work dhoni by taking the runrate from 7 an over to 13 an over at the end which makes us to lose the match. Chennai is the home ground for CSK captain where he played more t20 than any other ground. So dont give blame excuses that pitch slowed down suddenly in a minute or so.

His batting skills are depleting gradually especially in t20 and the same has been witnessed in the last one year test matches. Only with his skills he needs to be in the team not only with captain role. I think its time for him to improve or step down from Indian cricket and we have better captains than him like Gauti, Yuvi, Raina or Sehwag himself can do that role well.

Posted by kc69 on (September 11, 2012, 19:42 GMT)

I see many people(Who were hiding when india whitewashed test series) bragging about NZ win in comments but 1 win with 1 run does not really prove much.However looking at McCullums batting they deserved the win with a better margin.Kohli is always a class act.

Posted by leleraja on (September 11, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

As we have seen many times before, Dhoni promoted himself & chocked. India lost. Period.

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (September 11, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

It was a great win for the black caps just before the WC. India will also lose matches in the same manner like today in the coming WC. Hats off to McCullum for his heroic 91 runs knock. He smashed the toothless Indian club-level bowlers. Let's wait for some great record-breaking performance even of the minnows against the poorest bowling side!!! Yeah Cheers!!!

Posted by Haleos on (September 11, 2012, 19:40 GMT)

@addicted_to_chaos - we are here mate. Indian fans will bash our players too. We are not blind to support useless captaincy and we dont defend and give reasons.

Posted by kc69 on (September 11, 2012, 19:39 GMT)

Well captain cool,your cool just cost us a match.I really don't blame his batting(One performance cannot spoil his batting legacy)but his captaincy that cost us the match.Well comeback for Yuvi was obvious why did you want so many comebacks at same time(Balaji,Nohit Sharma,Zaheer back to T20) and why not trying Rahane instead of a loser named Gambhir.

Posted by shovwar on (September 11, 2012, 19:35 GMT)

Great Match but i think India choked. There could b a new c in town.

Posted by Haleos on (September 11, 2012, 19:34 GMT)

Dhoni's habit of taking things till the end has backfired. Well done dhoni. Match which we should have won easily you managed to loose. And Ashwin, what a waste in T20 n ODI. He is a good test bowler. Bhajji would be 10 times better.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:32 GMT)

every match needn't to go till last over sale bc dhoni..dhoni should be given punishment for this..not like everything this capt cool does is right..

Posted by sourav619 on (September 11, 2012, 19:26 GMT)

everything was under control when india needed 49 off 42 balls,but few good balls courtesy oram,franklin it turned out to be in kiwis favour but anyways it was a good match to watch,yuvraj made good comback altogether full entertainment.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:21 GMT)

This is n't the first time we saw dhoni spoiling things with this approach.. Gambhir mentioned it publicly.. still the same approach.. In a way... its a good defeat.. had Yuvi or Rohit got a boundary.. he would have been the Mr. Cool Dhoni.. the cool head under pressure.. this will be a good lesson for him ahead of t20 world cup.. when the target was 49 out 42 balls...why shouldn't an out of form Rohit get an opportunity to bat ahead of Dhoni ? Why Tiwary, waiting for chances for so long shouldn't bat ahead of Dhoni? Fluent hitting by kohli.. Good come back by yuvi.. Poor Kohli and Yuvi.. they just saw their performances going in vain for elementary mistakes..

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (September 11, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Excellent match, was a treat to watch !! I have no regrets about my favorite team India losing out. I liked the way NZ fought until last ball, and KUDOS to Yuvi, he did much much better than what one would have expected. Of course luck favored him, but his confidence would have boosted up high with this innings...I hope he takes this confidence to Sri Lanka and repeat his 2007 feat :) !!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

Thanks MS!!! You did it again after Australia one day as u like..... but don't forget its not that u r playing for u.....BUT INDIA>>>>>>>>>> Shame on Dhoni....

Posted by Nutcutlet on (September 11, 2012, 19:11 GMT)

I didn't watch, but well done to the Black Caps - beating India at her own preferred version of the game! Magnificent! I expect the Chennai crowd generously acknowledged the victors as the achievement needs to be viewed against the relative populations & sporting cultures of the two sides (India: 1.21 billion with a major sport of cricket; NZ: 4.4 million with a major sport of Rugby Union) - and the relative wealth of the cricketers involved. Worthy of anyone's (no, everyone's) applause, I would suggest.

Posted by addicted_to_chaos on (September 11, 2012, 19:08 GMT)

Come on Indian fans.... where are you today?

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

I saw the match, n I feel its Dhoni's mistake. He promoted himself to contain the runrate, but he wasn't able to do so. Match was in our hand when Kohli n Yuvraj were striking. But when Dhoni came, he was not able to rotate the strike n take singles. I really feel the Captain has taken a poor dicision by promoting himself.

Posted by mrwolverine on (September 11, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

Yuvraj looked far from Ready. I know he hit a couple of sixer's but that doesn't mean much. I'm not blaming the loss on him but from what I saw, He seems underdone. I don't understand he couldn't have played a few club games before the start of the series to get back into the groove. Then again, maybe it's just me. He's isn't ready yet.

Posted by Cricketfan101 on (September 11, 2012, 19:01 GMT)

well done msd put pressure on all of the other batmens by playing so many dot balls and cost india the game

Posted by slippingsillypoint on (September 11, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

Well done boy's, No better time for a little bit of confidence and self belief.. As usual, due to the Kiwi's form, they've written us off. Hopefully we can suprise a few people and punch above our weight once more!

Posted by superstar100 on (September 11, 2012, 19:00 GMT)

poor captinship by Dhoni i mean y you select rohit and dont give him chance to play Manoj should be there after 3 wicket not Dhoni !!!! and y balaji y not dinda we all know dinda is the only best bowler for T20 matches !!!!! uv you are superstar :)

Posted by asadc2003 on (September 11, 2012, 18:59 GMT)

its just like once in a blue moon the most over rated mr.mccullum scored .........

Posted by Munafis810 on (September 11, 2012, 18:57 GMT)

Mccullum played a superb innings. Indians also played well but one got the feeling the fans as well as players were more interested in Yuvraj's performance rather than winning the game. Atleast for few overs after Yuvi came in to bat even I lost track of runrate , overs and stuff and concentrated on what Yuvi does. Dhoni miscalculated his innings pace but I guess its a good lesson learnt for him. Too bad Tiwary did not get to bat

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 18:55 GMT)

India lost only due to slow innings by Dhoni and twice not picking 2 when there should have 2 and instead picking 1 (poor running between the wicket). With those twos who know the result might have been different....

Posted by kitten on (September 11, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

Very rarely has Dhoni messed up a chase, but this is certainly one time that he has. I feel Dhoni and Yuvi were over confident, and felt this was a doddle, and suddenly, when they felt it was time to step on the gas, the acceleration did not happen. Thank God it was against NZ, and maybe this is a wake up call for them, to not leave things till the last over, but finish it well before if possible. Also Yuvi, when he had three balls to play and just six runs to score, should have just tried to hit singles or twos instead of going for a big one, and getting bowled, and that not only used up one ball, but added more pressure on the incoming batsman, and unfortunately it was a batsman completely out of form! Hopefully, India will fare better in the Big One.

Posted by US-Cricketer on (September 11, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

Dhoni says, "Our worry was how the wicket would behave in the second half. After the 10th or 12th over it got tough." So, why did you choose to field first?

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Posted by NaniIndCri on (September 11, 2012, 18:48 GMT)

Not even a word about Dhoni's approach from the commentary box, really bad game from him. If that was any other cricketer he would have lost his place in the team.

Posted by arrogantlesson on (September 11, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

hahaahaha laughing soo hard at home big head indians LOL

Posted by   on (September 11, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

New Zealand is a powerful team in T-20. Their unbeaten thrashing of Team India in all 4 matches they have played against one another justifies this. Simply superb.

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