Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
91(55) 11x4 - 3x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 22 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 0 11 12 1 1
V Kohli
70(41) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 4 1 8 0 14 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

KD Mills
O3.0
M0
R17
W2
Eco5.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
IK Pathan
O4.0
M0
R31
W3
Eco7.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

END OF OVER:
20 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | INDIA: 166/4

  • RG Sharma4 (2b)
  • MS Dhoni22 (23b)
  • JEC Franklin4-0-26-2
  • JDP Oram4-0-27-0

Presentation:

Dhoni: The wicket slowed down and it was difficult to hit. But we should have won. Virat gave us a very good start. Our worry was how the wicket would behave in the second half. After the 10th or 12th over it got tough. It was good to see the approach in the start of the innings. It's good for us going into the World Cup.

McCullum is the Man of the Match and Series (!): "My head's ok. Kyle's a bit dazed at the moment. Pitch was really good for 20 overs. A lot of our guys are getting more worldly when it comes to these conditions. The collision was probably my fault."

Taylor: "Franklin needs a big pat on the back. Kohli could have taken it away from us and good catch by Southee. Hopefully we can take this confidence through."

It's the end of a very tough tour for New Zealand. This win will come as some relief.

Saurabh: "Trust Dhoni to bungle up the chase and put breaks on a rapidly accelerating train. This game was India's to lose and Dhoni ensured that it happened by his go slow approach. I am surprised to see no one raising this in the TV commentary box. Dhoni's go slow approach at the start of innings in T20s has put his teams ( CSK and India) at risk a number of times and today India paid the price."

That's it from us here. Thanks for your mails and company. I will now resume my dinner, which has gone as cold as ice. Cheers!

End of match: Ross Taylor does his best to lift Franklin who has his arms outstretched. NZ leave India with a win, finally and stretch their record against India in T20s to 4 out of 4.

India somehow lost their way towards the end, between overs 14 and 18. New Zealand did well to pull it back. Franklin, like Irfan, made things difficult with the back-of-the-hand slower balls. Yuvraj did more than what was expected of him but more dominance from the other end would have helped.

I was a bit surprised to see Rohit coming in at the climax. Is sending an out of form player the best thing for that situation? I don't think it was fair on Rohit to be honest. Irfan would have been a better option.

Skimming through the mails, plenty blaming Dhoni for this defeat.

19.6
2
Franklin to Sharma, 2 runs, New Zealand win by one run! Rohit fetches that from the off stump and clubs it down the ground, long-on calmly jogs to his left and ensures he gets behind the line of the ball, flings it to the keeper and India can pick up only two
19.5
2
Franklin to Sharma, 2 runs, that's not a bad shot, picks it on off and middle and he smashes it down to long-on, the fielder just manages to pick it

Rohit Sharma, of last-ball six fame in the IPL, walks in

Ends a valiant effort from Yuvraj. Hats off to him despite not being there to the end

19.4
W
Franklin to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Yuvraj swings and misses! Relief for Franklin, it was a slower delivery from the back of the hand, Yuvraj was at the crease to smash that over the on side and he swung too early and the ball crashed on middle and off
19.3
1
Franklin to Dhoni, 1 run, full on the pads and he drills it down to long-on, they settle for the single only
19.3
1w
Franklin to Dhoni, 1 wide, Franklin makes the mistake by bowling it too wide outside the off stump, Dhoni wisely leaves it alone
19.2
4
Franklin to Dhoni, FOUR runs, that siphons off four off the total! Franklin errs by bowling it too short, Dhoni was at the crease to size him up, one flat pull and it was scorching to deep square leg

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
91(55) 11x4 - 3x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 22 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 0 11 12 1 1
V Kohli
70(41) 10x4 - 1x6
Control %82%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 14 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 4 1 8 0 14 0 0

Best performances - Bowlers

KD Mills
O3.0
M0
R17
W2
Eco5.66
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
IK Pathan
O4.0
M0
R31
W3
Eco7.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF