India tour of New Zealand, 2nd T20I: New Zealand v India at Wellington, Feb 27, 2009
New Zealand won by 5 wickets (with 0 balls remaining)
27 February 2009 - night match (20-over match)

Butler to Gambhir, SIX, Gambhir greets Butler with an exquisite pull, bangs it in short on the body and he swivels and gets enough elevation to clear square leg


Butler to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, just a little fuller and he pushes it back to the bowler off his pads


Butler to Raina, OUT, another Indian batsman gives away his wicket, Butler bangs it in short and Raina tries to pull it over mid-on, there was a lot of bat speed on that one but the ball hit the top half of the bat and spliced to Southee who jumps and takes it at mid-on, it was a lot like Alastair Cook's dismissal in Kingston

SK Raina c Southee b Butler 0 (4m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00


Butler to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets back and pushes it back to the bowler


Butler to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fullish outside off and pushes it to point


Butler to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, dabs it down to short third man and they scamper through for the single

India 37/2   IG Butler 1-0-7-1

Butler to Gambhir, OUT, oh well another poor shot, Butler pitches it outside off and gets it to move away, Gambhir stays rooted to the crease and tries to dab it away to third man but succeeds in getting a thick edge to the keeper, no foot movement whatsoever, it's New Zealand's evening so far

G Gambhir c †BB McCullum b Butler 10 (29m 13b 0x4 1x6) SR: 76.92


Butler to Dhoni, 1 run, nearly a fourth wicket! Dhoni taps it to mid-off and the non-striker's way out of his crease, he gives up trying to get back but Vettori misses the stumps by a mile, that's a lifeline for Yuvraj, there's an overthrow


Butler to Yuvraj Singh, no run


Butler to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Dropped Yuvraj pulls and the ball is skied to Broom at deep square-leg, he's just inches before the rope as he tries to catch it but the ball drops out, worse still his foot touches the rope and it's a six


Butler to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fires that outside off and Yuvraj swings and misses


Butler to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, lands outside off and he slashes it to the deep on the off side

India 55/3   IG Butler 2-0-15-2

Butler to Jadeja, no run, backs away to swing it over the on side but he meet thin air


Butler to Jadeja, 2 runs, Jadeja mistimes a flat-batted swat and he just does enough to clear Oram at deepish mid-on, he throws himself backwards to attempt a stunning catch


Butler to Jadeja, 2 runs, mows it past the bowler on the up, Oram runs across from long-on and mops up


Butler to Jadeja, 1 run, makes room and slices it down to deep extra cover


Butler to Dhoni, FOUR, and finally Dhoni breaks the shackles, he gets a nice short delivery which sits up and he swings it away past midwicket, that should make him feel a lot better


Butler to Dhoni, 2 runs, makes room and nearly fetches another boundary, Oram does really well to sprint from long-off and cut it off

India 109/5   IG Butler 3-0-26-2

Butler to IK Pathan, 1 run, punches it hard to long-off


Butler to Dhoni, 2 runs, fires it on the blockhole and he turns the face of the bat and flicks it down to deep square-leg


Butler to Dhoni, FOUR, he clubs a full toss off the meat of the bat and the ball travels quickly to deep midwicket, Broom sprints and gets a hand to the ball but he can only palm it away to the rope


Butler to Dhoni, 1 run, slogs it away to deep midwicket


Butler to IK Pathan, 2 runs, Dropped Mistimes the loft over the bowler's head and Guptill runs across from long-on and cups it over his head and drops it, it was a terrific effort though


Butler to IK Pathan, SIX, he finishes the innings in style, he gets a half volley on middle and leg and he makes a bit of room and slogs him a few rows back over deep midwicket

India 149/6   IG Butler 4-0-42-2





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