India in New Zealand T20I Series - 1st T20I

New Zealand v India

New Zealand won by 7 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)

6.55pm The Indian openers walk out, Sehwag has his arms windmilling slowly as he walks out. Tim Southee has the new ball in his hands.

6.50pm Ten minutes remain for the first ball, it's quite overcast in Christchurch. Check out our man at the ground Sidharth Monga's preview of the game.

Prabaharan says: "India's chances lies with the way openers play today. couple of early wickets will push them to backfoot". Daniel Vettori has said his side will be targeting the big-hitting pair of Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir.

6.40pm Kyle Mills won't be playing today, and Grant Elliott is the 12th man. Ross Taylor and Jacob Oram, both of whom were fitness concerns, have recovered and have been named in the XI. New Zealand 1 Brendon McCullum (wk), 2 Jesse Ryder, 3 Martin Guptill, 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Jacob Oram, 6 Neil Broom, 7 Nathan McCullum, 8 Daniel Vettori, 9 Ian Butler, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Iain O'Brien.

There's no place for Ravindra Jadeja as Harbhajan Singh makes his comeback from injury. India 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Rohit Sharma, 5 Yuvraj Singh, 6 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Irfan Pathan, 9 Harbhajan Singh10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Ishant Sharma

News from the Test at Karachi, Younis Khan has been dismissed for 313, bowled by Dilhara Fernando. Brian Lara's record lives on.

6.30pm Toss: Daniel Vettori has won the toss and decided to bowl. Dhoni says he would have batted first if he had won the toss as well, he says that with it being the first tour for most of the Indian players, he's happy to give them 20 overs to come to terms with the conditions here.

The pitch looks like a fairly true surface says Simon Doull, and expects it to be a great one for batting.

6.20pm There's still ten minutes to go for the toss. That means another 25 minutes to make changes to your Fantasy teams.

India and New Zealand have faced each other only once in the Twenty20s, New Zealand winning that encounter in the World Twenty20 in Johannesburg in 2007.

6.10pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the first Twenty20 between India and New Zealand. There's little to choose between the two teams: India have been in spectacular form in limited-over matches over the past few months, and New Zealand have proved hard to beat at home.

0.1

Southee to Gambhir, no run, starts off with a length ball outside off, Gambhir takes a couple of paces down the track as he pushes it towards cover

Btw, the Indians are playing for the first time with their new dark blue uniforms

0.2

Southee to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir walks across the stumps and punches it to point, no run again

0.3

Southee to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir tries to get his first run with a big heave over long-on, gets a bottom edge onto his pads, and the batsmen scamper through for a single, that ball swung in a touch

0.4

Southee to Sehwag, SIX, Shot! that's amazing, first ball in an international match in the tour for Sehwag, it's short and he pulls it over deep backward square leg for six, typical Sehwag

0.5

Southee to Sehwag, SIX, another six from Sehwag, it's a short boundary square on the side, it's a touch short again and Sehwag crashes it over midwicket, he picked that up from middle and leg

0.6

Southee to Sehwag, SIX, wow, what a start from Sehwag, yet another six, this time to square leg, hardly any effort behind that shot as he launched that off his pads

End of over 1 (19 runs) India 19/0 (RR: 19.00)
V Sehwag    18* (3b 3x6)      TG Southee    1-0-19-0
G Gambhir    1* (3b)     

Iain O'Brien starts around the wicket

1.1

O'Brien to Gambhir, no run, overpitched outside off, Gambhir pokes it towards point

1.2

O'Brien to Gambhir, 1 run, yorker length from O'Brien, Gambhir tries to make room to work the ball but he can only squeeze it towards extra cover

Sehwag back on strike, O'Brien comes over the wicket

1.3

O'Brien to Sehwag, no run, not a six this time, short of a length, a bit of width, Sehwag thrashes it to the fielder at point

1.4

O'Brien to Sehwag, 1 run, tries to flay it over long-on this time, doesn't get hold of it, and the ball rolls towards mid-on for a single

1.5

O'Brien to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir gets into the act now, does a trademark shimmy down the track, moving towards the ball, carves it square for a boundary

1.6

O'Brien to Gambhir, OUT, Gambhir's gone, middle stump's on the ground, a bit short again from O'Brien, Gambhir was looking to clobber him over midwicket, the ball doesn't bounce as much as he expects and it hits the top of middle

G Gambhir b O'Brien 6 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

End of over 2 (6 runs) India 25/1 (RR: 12.50)
     IE O'Brien    1-0-6-1
V Sehwag    19* (5b 3x6)      TG Southee    1-0-19-0

Ian Butler into the attack

2.1

Butler to Sehwag, no run, first ball is a touch overpitched outside off, Sehwag punches it to cover

2.2

Butler to Sehwag, SIX, massive massive six, Sehwag doesn't really care who the bowler is, it's overpitched, Sehwag doesn't bother with footwork, he launches it high over the long-off boundary, that's way back into the crowd

2.3

Butler to Sehwag, no run, goes for a big swipe over midwicket, doesn't connect with the ball this time

2.4

Butler to Sehwag, 1 run, superb ball from Butler, a yorker just outside off, even Sehwag in his murderous mood can't do much about that, he inside edges it towards short fine leg

Suresh Raina faces his first ball

2.5

Butler to Raina, no run, played with soft hands towards short midwicket, Sehwag wanted a single but Rain a screams "No, no, no"

2.6

Butler to Raina, no run, good looking shot from Raina, slightly wide and Raina carves it towards cover, no run though

Pretty good over from Butler, despite that giant six only seven runs off it. Varun from USA: "Sehwag is making a joke of these small grounds....I have a feeling he gonna get fastest fifty today...."

End of over 3 (7 runs) India 32/1 (RR: 10.66)
SK Raina    0* (2b)      IG Butler    1-0-7-0
V Sehwag    26* (9b 4x6)      IE O'Brien    1-0-6-1

fine leg is up, square leg is on the boundary

3.1

O'Brien to Sehwag, OUT, Sehwag's gone, O'Brien's on a hat-trick now, big wicket for New Zealand, Sehwag eyes the short square boundary at midwicket again, misses the ball and it crashes into legstump, O'Brien is over the moon and why not

V Sehwag b O'Brien 26 (14m 10b 0x4 4x6) SR: 260.00

Rohit Sharma's the new man. Brett Lee is the only bowler to have taken a hat-trick in international Twenty20s so far.

3.2

O'Brien to RG Sharma, 1 leg bye, good ball, short of a length, on middle and leg, Rohit doesn't connect as he looks to work it to the off, batsmen hare through for a leg bye

3.3

O'Brien to Raina, no run, superb over so far from O'Brien, a yorker on middle and leg, Raina just about dig it out

3.4

O'Brien to Raina, SIX, oh dear, Raina gets his first runs with the biggest six of the game so far, Raina clears his front leg and absolutely smashes that over midwicket

3.5

O'Brien to Raina, 1 run, great comeback from O'Brien, yorker on legstump, Raina squeezes it towards point

3.6

O'Brien to RG Sharma, no run, back of a length on off this time, Rohit gets on the backfoot and taps it towards the bowler, no run

End of over 4 (8 runs) India 40/2 (RR: 10.00)
RG Sharma    0* (2b)      IE O'Brien    2-0-13-2
SK Raina    7* (5b 1x6)      IG Butler    1-0-7-0

Southee's back

4.1

Southee to Raina, no run, length ball outside off, pokes towards point by Raina for a single

4.2

Southee to Raina, 1 leg bye, stifled appeal for lbw from the bowler, that was pitching outside leg, the ball trickles towards the offside and the batsmen scamper a single

4.3

Southee to RG Sharma, no run, length ball on off, Rohit mistimes his drive towards extra cover, he's yet to get off the mark

4.4

Southee to RG Sharma, no run, goes for a booming drive, doesn't make contact and it goes through to the keeper

4.5

Southee to RG Sharma, 1 run, gets his first run with a punch to mid-off, Vettori return hits Southee rather painfully on the knee

4.6

Southee to Raina, SIX, terrible delivery to end the over, high full toss outside off, Raina clubs that over point for a six, it had been a superb over till then

End of over 5 (8 runs) India 48/2 (RR: 9.60)
SK Raina    13* (8b 2x6)      TG Southee    2-0-26-0
RG Sharma    1* (5b)      IE O'Brien    2-0-13-2

Butler takes over from O'Brien

5.1

Butler to RG Sharma, SIX, Rohit gets his first six, a nonchalant flick off his pads, that brings up India's fifty, this really is a tiny ground

5.2

Butler to RG Sharma, OUT, Rohit's gone, tries to play across the line, gets a leading edge which balloons in the air, Brendon McCullum calls for the catch, he has plenty of time to position himself to take a comfortable catch near gully

RG Sharma c †BB McCullum b Butler 7 (9m 7b 0x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Yuvraj Singh now strides out

5.3

Butler to Raina, no run, Raina pushes the ball to point

5.4

Butler to Raina, no run, back of a length on off, played with soft hands towards cover, Raina shouts "No" early

5.5

Butler to Raina, 1 run, overpitched on middle, Raina pushes it towards mid-off for a single

5.6

Butler to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on the pads, Yuvraj nudges it to square leg for a single

End of over 6 (8 runs) India 56/3 (RR: 9.33)
Yuvraj Singh    1* (1b)      IG Butler    2-0-15-1
SK Raina    14* (11b 2x6)      TG Southee    2-0-26-0

A huge crowd has turned up, and they have been entertained already, some giant sixes and wickets for the home side as well, Vettori comes in for his first spell

6.1

Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, no run, starts off a bit wide outside off, Yuvraj tries to steer it to third man, misses the ball

6.2

Vettori to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Yuvraj's gone! another big blow, New Zealand have the edge now, a quicker arm ball from Vettori, Yuvraj goes for the sweep, misses and is rapped in front on middle

Yuvraj Singh lbw b Vettori 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

great move from the New Zealand captain to bring himself into the attack early into Yuvraj's innings

Dhoni is the new man, it will be interesting to see how he approaches this innings

6.3

Vettori to Dhoni, 1 run, pushes it to the offside for a single

6.4

Vettori to Raina, 1 run, punched down to long-off for a single by Raina

6.5

Vettori to Dhoni, no run, another arm ball from Vettori, defended off the backfoot to short extra cover by Dhoni

6.6

Vettori to Dhoni, no run, big shout for lbw from Vettori as Dhoni is struck by a full ball on his toes, but Dhoni managed to get some bat on that

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 58/4 (RR: 8.28)
MS Dhoni    1* (3b)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-1
SK Raina    15* (12b 2x6)      IG Butler    2-0-15-1

7.1

Butler to Raina, 1 run, carved to deep square leg by Raina, Oram's there at the boundary to cut it off

7.2

Butler to Dhoni, no run, angling into the pads, Dhoni tries to whip it to midwicket, doesn't make contact with the ball

7.3

Butler to Dhoni, 1 run, turned to square leg by Dhoni, a single to him

7.4

Butler to Raina, 1 run, overpitched on middle and off, Raina pushes it to long-off, a bit too firmly to come back for a second

7.5

Butler to Dhoni, OUT, Dhoni's bowled! India are in trouble here, a hint of inward movement from a back of a length ball, Dhoni jumped and tried to defend but that kept lower than he expected and his offstump is rocked back

MS Dhoni b Butler 2 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Yusuf Pathan is the new batsman

7.6

Butler to YK Pathan, 1 run, overpitched on the pads, Yusuf nudges it to short fine leg to get off the mark

Dark clouds hovering around the stadium

End of over 8 (4 runs) India 62/5 (RR: 7.75)
YK Pathan    1* (1b)      IG Butler    3-0-19-2
SK Raina    17* (14b 2x6)      DL Vettori    1-0-2-1

8.1

Vettori to YK Pathan, no run, that was close, vociferous appeal for lbw from Vettori, that pitched on a length and hit him low in front of middle, umpire may have had doubts whether there was some bat involved as Yusuf defended

8.2

Vettori to YK Pathan, no run, cut away to point, straight to the fielder

8.3

Vettori to YK Pathan, 1 run, powerfully swatted to wide long-on, only a single for a lot of effort

8.4

Vettori to Raina, no run, flighted by Vettori, pushed back to the bowler by Raina

8.5

Vettori to Raina, 1 wide, down the leg side and that's a wide

8.5

Vettori to Raina, no run, slightly tossed up by Vettori, outside off, Raina eyes light up and he goes a big swipe over midwicket, doesn't connect with the ball

8.6

Vettori to Raina, no run, jabbed towards extra cover by Raina

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 64/5 (RR: 7.11)
SK Raina    17* (17b 2x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-4-1
YK Pathan    2* (4b)      IG Butler    3-0-19-2

Nathan McCullum is brought into the attack, he's coming off a great domestic season

9.1

NL McCullum to YK Pathan, SIX, poor start from Nathan, full toss on the pads, Yusuf swats that square leg for a six, not much effort behind that shot

9.2

NL McCullum to YK Pathan, SIX, Yusuf's giving a warm welcome for Nathan, clobbers that over wide long-on for a six this time

9.3

NL McCullum to YK Pathan, SIX, three in a row for Yusuf, he didn't quite get hold of it, slightly top-edged, goes high but long enough to clear the long-on boundary

9.4

NL McCullum to YK Pathan, OUT, Yusuf's goes, Jacob Oram does a repeat of Adam Voges' fantastic catch to get rid off Brendon McCullum in Sydney, it was wide outside off and fullish, Yusuf powered that to long-on, it rocketed towards the boundary but Oram manages to catch it just inside the boundary rope, he was going to go across, so he tossed the ball in the air, came back into the field of play, steadied himself and completed the ctach

YK Pathan c Oram b NL McCullum 20 (7m 8b 0x4 3x6) SR: 250.00

a breathless over so far

9.5

NL McCullum to IK Pathan, no run, turned to short midwicket by Irfan, no run

9.6

NL McCullum to IK Pathan, 1 run, Irfan pushes it to long-off for a single

End of over 10 (19 runs) India 83/6 (RR: 8.30)
IK Pathan    1* (2b)      NL McCullum    1-0-19-1
SK Raina    17* (17b 2x6)      DL Vettori    2-0-4-1

10.1

Vettori to IK Pathan, no run, poked towards point by Irfan

10.2

Vettori to IK Pathan, 1 run

10.3

Vettori to Raina, 1 run, angling into the pads, Raina works it behind square for a single

10.4

Vettori to IK Pathan, no run, watchfully pushes a length ball towards cover

10.5

Vettori to IK Pathan, 1 run, on the pads, easily worked to square leg for a single

10.6

Vettori to Raina, 1 wide, Vettori slides it too much down the legside and that's a wide

10.6

Vettori to Raina, no run, wonderful over from Vettori, ends it with a length ball on middle, Raina goes on the backfoot and drives it towards extra cover

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 87/6 (RR: 7.90)
SK Raina    18* (19b 2x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-8-1
IK Pathan    3* (6b)      NL McCullum    1-0-19-1

O'Brien is brought back

11.1

O'Brien to IK Pathan, 1 run, starts off with a slower yorker on legstump, Irfan just about manages to dig it out

New Zealand have kept pegging away at India despite the continuous flow of big hits

11.2

O'Brien to Raina, 1 run, another single, this time to point, Raina is given width and he helps himself

11.3

O'Brien to IK Pathan, 1 run, length ball on offstump, well-timed drive towards wide long-off

11.4

O'Brien to Raina, 1 run, low full toss outside off, Raina powers that to long-off

11.5

O'Brien to IK Pathan, no run, slower offcutter from O'Brien, surprises Irfan, the batsman was looking to cut the ball but that was too close to the body to be attempting that

11.6

O'Brien to IK Pathan, 1 run, yet another single to end the over, Irfan drives an overpitched ball to mid-off

only five runs off that over

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 92/6 (RR: 7.66)
IK Pathan    6* (10b)      IE O'Brien    3-0-18-2
SK Raina    20* (21b 2x6)      DL Vettori    3-0-8-1

12.1

NL McCullum to IK Pathan, FOUR, Irfan continues in the same vein as his brother, he charges down the track and lofts Nathan down the ground for only the second four of the innings

12.2

NL McCullum to IK Pathan, 1 run, appeal for lbw, but Irfan had inside edged that onto his pads

12.3

NL McCullum to Raina, no run

12.4

NL McCullum to Raina, 1 run, Raina plays it with soft hands towards point, Brendon McCullum has to run across to field

12.5

NL McCullum to IK Pathan, 1 run, Nathan's firing it in, flat and fast, punched back past the bowler this time

12.6

NL McCullum to Raina, 1 run, Raina shuffles down the track to punch the ball to long-on, the single brings up India's 100

End of over 13 (8 runs) India 100/6 (RR: 7.69)
SK Raina    22* (24b 2x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-27-1
IK Pathan    12* (13b 1x4)      IE O'Brien    3-0-18-2

Jeese Ryder is given a bowl

13.1

Ryder to Raina, no run, starts off with a length ball on off, pushed towards extra cover

13.2

Ryder to Raina, 1 run, full toss on offstump, flailed towards cover for a single

13.3

Ryder to IK Pathan, OUT, that's the end of Irfan, soft dismissal, Irfan opened the face of the bat to run it down to third man, gets too much off the ball and it flies at a nice, catchable height to Nathan McCullum at backward point

IK Pathan c NL McCullum b Ryder 12 (13m 14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 85.71

India are in real danger of getting bowled out here

13.4

Ryder to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Harbhajan's early on the shot, that was a length ball on middle and off, Harbhajan checks his drive and it trickles towards mid-off

13.5

Ryder to Harbhajan Singh, no run, defended back to the bowler this time

13.6

Ryder to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, Harbhajan gets underway by working a middle-stump delivery behind square on the leg side

superb over from Ryder, just two runs from it

End of over 14 (2 runs) India 102/7 (RR: 7.28)
Harbhajan Singh    1* (3b)      JD Ryder    1-0-2-1
SK Raina    23* (26b 2x6)      NL McCullum    2-0-27-1

Vettori has 1 for 8 from three overs

14.1

Vettori to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, overpitched on legstump, Harbhajan nudges it towards midwicket

14.2

Vettori to Raina, SIX, stunning shot from Raina, he loves that midwicket area and he got under that ball from Vettori and send it into the crowd

14.3

Vettori to Raina, 1 run, worked to deep square leg

14.4

Vettori to Harbhajan Singh, no run, tried to paddle-sweep, gets a thick inside-edge onto his pad and teh ball rolls towards short midwicket

14.5

Vettori to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, uses his feet and drives it to long-off for a single

14.6

Vettori to Raina, 1 run, poor delivery but Raina doesn't capitalise, short and down the legside, Raina helps it on its way to backward square leg

End of over 15 (10 runs) India 112/7 (RR: 7.46)
SK Raina    31* (29b 3x6)      DL Vettori    4-0-18-1
Harbhajan Singh    3* (6b)      JD Ryder    1-0-2-1

15.1

Ryder to Raina, 2 runs, powerfully driven down the ground by Raina, Neil Broom does well to come across and cut it off at the long-on boundary

15.2

Ryder to Raina, 1 run, pitched up, on the pads, Raina swings it to midwicket

15.3

Ryder to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full and straight, Harbhajan walks across his stumps and pushes it to mid-on

15.4

Ryder to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slower delivery from Ryder, Harbhajn was surprised by that, checks his drive to mid-on

15.5

Ryder to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, goes for a big swipe, inside edge takes the ball past the keeper

15.6

Ryder to Raina, 1 run, driven forcefully towards midwicket, so forcefully that he has to really steam through to complete the single

End of over 16 (5 runs) India 117/7 (RR: 7.31)
SK Raina    35* (32b 3x6)      JD Ryder    2-0-7-1
Harbhajan Singh    4* (9b)      DL Vettori    4-0-18-1

Ten runs an over from here will take India to 157, but that will be a below-par score in this ground

16.1

Butler to Raina, 1 run, full toss outside off, Raina thrashes it towards deep cover

16.2

Butler to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, good yorker outside off, Harbhajan does well to run it down to third man

16.3

Butler to Raina, 1 run, another yorker from Butler, chopped to point by Raina, chance of a run-out at the keeper's end but the throw is wide

16.4

Butler to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, another full ball, Harbhajan swats it to midwicket, the batsmen get a couple

16.5

Butler to Harbhajan Singh, 1 leg bye, Harbhajan tries to give himself room, Butler follows him and sends down a superb yorker, Harbhajan somehow gets that away towards point

16.6

Butler to Raina, 1 wide, Butler has been very accurate this over so far but this was too wide outside off

16.6

Butler to Raina, FOUR, french cut from Raina, it was overpitched and just outside off, Raina went for the booming drive, gets a thick inside edge and it races past the keeper for a welcome boundary for India

End of over 17 (11 runs) India 128/7 (RR: 7.52)
SK Raina    41* (35b 1x4 3x6)      IG Butler    4-0-29-2
Harbhajan Singh    7* (12b)      JD Ryder    2-0-7-1

17.1

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Southee takes a leaf out of the Butler handbook, he also keeps it full on middle and off, Harbhajan swipes it to midwicket

17.2

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, similar ball again, Harbhajan manages to get his placement better this time, Oram has to make good ground to cut it off at the midwicket boundary

17.3

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, yorker on middle this time, Harbhajan gets an inside edge to short fine leg

17.4

Southee to Raina, 1 run, overpitched on off, Raina leans across to work it towards midwicket

Praveen Kumar brings out six bats for Harbhajan to choose from

17.5

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full and down the legside, following Harbhajan who was making room, doesn't make contact with the ball though

17.6

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, Southee ends a great over with an overpitched ball on offstump, Harbhajan backs away and carves it to cover

End of over 18 (5 runs) India 133/7 (RR: 7.38)
Harbhajan Singh    11* (17b)      TG Southee    3-0-31-0
SK Raina    42* (36b 1x4 3x6)      IG Butler    4-0-29-2

O'Brien comes back to complete his quota of overs

18.1

O'Brien to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full toss on middle and leg, Harbhajan swipes it to midwicket, but the placement is poor, straight to the fielder and that'll only be a single

18.2

O'Brien to Raina, SIX, superb shot from Raina, it was a low full toss from O'Brien, Raina stays on the backfoot to get under it and launch it over long-off

18.3

O'Brien to Raina, SIX, Raina brings up his half-century with another six, this was a length ball, Raina mishit it, getting it to go too high, just clear the straight boundary by a yard or so

18.4

O'Brien to Raina, no run, wide and full, Raina looks to cut, gets a bottom edge back to the bowler

18.5

O'Brien to Raina, FOUR, stunning timing from Raina to bring up the 150, very full and at least a foot outside off, Raina was backing away, he just opened the face of the bat to steer it square of the man at the third man

18.6

O'Brien to Raina, 1 run, good yorker to finish, Raina squeezes it to the on side for a single and retain strike

End of over 19 (18 runs) India 151/7 (RR: 7.94)
SK Raina    59* (41b 2x4 5x6)      IE O'Brien    4-0-36-2
Harbhajan Singh    12* (18b)      TG Southee    3-0-31-0

19.1

Southee to Raina, 1 run, full toss, Raina mishits it down the ground, it bounces a couple of times before going to the fielder at long-off

19.2

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, Harbhajan does a trademark swing to the legside, gets it to deep backward square

Southee comes round the wicket

19.3

Southee to Raina, 1 run, good ball that, full and angling into the batsman, Raina can only push it to long-off

19.4

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, smart work from Harbhajan, he walks across the stumps and paddles it fine, fine enough to beat the short fine leg and run away for four

19.5

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, this was much shorter from Southee, Harbhajan thrashes that past midwicket to get himself consecutive boundaries

19.6

Southee to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, bowled him, Harbhajan tries a cute paddle again but he's undone by an on-target yorker from Southee, middle stump is left lying on the ground

Harbhajan Singh b Southee 21 (25m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 95.45

So India finish with 162, they will take that after being at 102 for 7 after 14 overs. Daniel Vettori showed why he's one of the best bowlers around, stifling India in the middle overs (middle overs in a Twenty20?). It's a bit harsh for Iain O'Brien to end with 4-0-36-2 given the stellar opening spell in which he got rid of Sehwag and Gambhir.

Thirteen sixes and only six fours in the Indian innings, showing how easy it is to clear the boundary at this ground. Suresh Raina played a mature knock, holding the innings together after the big names had departed.

It's a small ground and New Zealand's big hitters will be hard to contain. The hosts are ahead at the stage but the pitch is a touch two-paced.

End of over 20 (11 runs) India 162/8
     TG Southee    4-0-42-1
SK Raina    61* (43b 2x4 5x6)      IE O'Brien    4-0-36-2
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Feb 25, 2009

Jacob Oram has a chat with Suresh Raina after hitting the winning runs, New Zealand v India, 1st Twenty20 international, Christchurch, February 25, 2009

Jacob Oram has a chat with Suresh Raina after hitting the winning runs

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Feb 25, 2009

There was support for India at the AMI Stadium, New Zealand v India, 1st Twenty20 international, Christchurch, February 25, 2009

There was support for India at the AMI Stadium

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