Player of the Match
Player of the Match
120dThe Bulletin by Siddarth Ravindran

Calm McCullum sets up series victory

Brendon McCullum gave yet another masterclass in Twenty20 batting, keeping his nerve to shepherd New Zealand to a last-ball win

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

BB McCullum
69(55) 8x4 - 1x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 27 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
4 12 9 5 12 12 3 12
Yuvraj Singh
50(34) 3x4 - 4x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • leg glance
  • 18 runs
  • 1x4 - 2x6
4 1 3 0 20 9 4 9

Best performances - Bowlers

IE O'Brien
O4
M0
R30
W2
Eco7.50
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
IK Pathan
O4
M0
R41
W2
Eco10.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

19.00 start, First Session 19.00-20.20, Interval 20.20-20.40, Second Session 20.40-22.00

Match days

27 February 2009 - night match (20-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

END OF OVER:
20 | 12 Runs | NZ: 150/5 | RR: 7.50

  • BB McCullum69 (55b)
  • NL McCullum1 (2b)
  • IK Pathan4-0-41-2
  • Yuvraj Singh2-0-17-1

Brendon McCullum plays the hero again but in more trying circumstances. He remains unbeaten on 69 and New Zealand claim a clean-sweep of the Twenty20s. Nothing to differentiate the two sides today. Credit to India for nearly defending 150. Just a reminder that Rohit Sharma was in the field for Ishant Sharma who injured his shoulder while fielding.

This close contest nicely sets up the five one-dayers. Stay with us for the presentation.

Dhoni: "The approach was good but we could have played better. The two-three wickets we lost in the middle were crucial. The spinners bowled well. There was chat around the camp to bowl one more seamer. I can't really update you on Ishant's injury."

Vettori: "Pleased with the bowling effort. Guys like Ryder stepped up really well. We had an opportunity to attack their fifth bowler but it didn't work. I thought Irfan bowled superbly at the end. But I thought those two fours by McCullum were crucial."

Brendon McCullum is the Man of the Match. He gets the champagne.

Thanks for your company and the mails. We'll be back for the 1st ODI in Napier on March 3. It's a day-night game. From all of us here, it's goodbye!

19.6
1
Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, Rohit runs back and nearly pulls off a catch running backwards! McCullum flat-bats a length ball and mishits it over the off side, Rohit is a little too close at mid-off and the ball beats him in the air as he runs back, he fails to get a hand to it, really Brendon McCullum would have had his heart in his mouth, nevertheless, it's been a terrific game

The scores are level. Now it appears as if we have crowd trouble again. What a shame. There's a bit of debris on one side of the ground. If it's a tie we have a Super Over. Everyone in the ring

19.5
4
Pathan to McCullum, FOUR runs, McCullum goes one better! The ball is pitched up on middle and leg, he scoops it over the bowler's head and long-off dives in despair
19.4
4
Pathan to McCullum, FOUR runs, McCullum gets under this pitched up ball and swings over midwicket, that's a cracker of a shot
19.3
1
Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, Irfan gets it right again, he bowls another unplayable inswinger on the off stump and he digs it out to the off side
19.2
1
Pathan to McCullum, 1 run, full and swinging in and he fails to put away the yorker, the ball rolls to the on side

A bit of confusion here. Someone from the crowd has flung something in Zaheer's Khan direction and Dhoni has a word with the umpire. Did we need this? Dhoni maneuvers the field.

19.1
1lb
Pathan to McCullum, 1 leg bye, swings it on the pads, the ball clips the pads and rolls to the on side, they scamper a single

12 needed off the last over, the tension mounts! Here's Irfan again

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st53BB McCullumJD Ryder
2nd16BB McCullumMJ Guptill
3rd56BB McCullumLRPL Taylor
4th0JDP OramBB McCullum
5th9BB McCullumNT Broom
6th16BB McCullumNL McCullum