Player of the Match
Player of the Match

20 | 12 Runs | NZ: 150/5 | RR: 7.50

  • Brendon McCullum69 (55b)
  • Nathan McCullum1 (2b)
  • Irfan 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!

IK Pathan to BB 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

IK Pathan to BB 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
IK Pathan to BB McCullum, FOUR runs, McCullum gets under this pitched up ball and swings over midwicket, that's a cracker of a shot
IK Pathan to NL 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
IK Pathan to BB 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.

IK Pathan to NL 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

19 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | NZ: 138/5 (12 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 7.26, RRR: 12.00)

  • Brendon McCullum59 (51b)
  • Nathan McCullum0 (0b)
  • Yuvraj Singh2-0-17-1
  • Irfan Pathan3-0-30-2
Yuvraj Singh to BB McCullum, FOUR runs, that was slammed through the off side like a tracer bullet, shades of Klusener! The fielder at sweeper cover had no chance
Yuvraj Singh to BB McCullum, no run, swing and a miss, the ball is much shorter
Yuvraj Singh to Broom, OUT, and it's Irfan again, Broom gets on his knee to a flighted delivery and tries to slog him over midwicket but the top edge is skied to Irfan at midwicket

NT Broom c IK Pathan b Yuvraj Singh 5 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.66

Yuvraj Singh to Broom, FOUR runs, Broom finds the gap, he makes room to a full ball and slams it wide of backward point on the front foot
Yuvraj Singh to BB McCullum, 1 run, makes room and slams it just wide of cover, all power
Yuvraj Singh to BB McCullum, 2 runs, steps down and smacks him wide of cover, the ball dares to beat Raina but he times his dive to perfection and saves 2 precious runs

Interesting move. Here's Yuvraj. 23 needed off 12. Anyone's game

18 | 5 Runs 2 Wkts | NZ: 127/4 (23 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.05, RRR: 11.50)

  • Brendon McCullum52 (47b)
  • Neil Broom1 (1b)
  • Irfan Pathan3-0-30-2
  • Zaheer Khan4-0-30-1
IK Pathan to BB McCullum, 1 run, he gets on his knee to a full delivery and fetches it from the off stump and places the ball to deep square-leg
IK Pathan to BB McCullum, no run, McCullum tries to throw the bowler off balance by shuffling across early but Irfan bowls it fast and straight and forces McCullum to defend
IK Pathan to Broom, 1 run, swings it on the pads and he clips it with ease down to deep square-leg

Irfan's on a hat-trick. Neil Broom takes strike

IK Pathan to Oram, OUT, That's two in two! What a bowling change! It's a rank bad delivery outside off and Oram has himself to blame, he chases a short and wide delivery, tries to slice it over the slips and tamely edges it to Dhoni,

JDP Oram c †Dhoni b IK Pathan 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Game on. Here's Oram. 25 needed off 16

IK Pathan to Taylor, OUT, that's a classic delivery and Irfan has done it for his captain, he bowls a searing inswinging yorker angling in on the off stump, Taylor makes a bit of room to forces it through the off side but the speed and movement beats him and clips the off stump

LRPL Taylor b IK Pathan 27 (35m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 108.00

IK Pathan to Taylor, 2 runs, bowls a superb inswinging yorker, he manages to dig it out on the full to long-off

27 needed off 18

IK Pathan to Taylor, 1 wide, the intention was right but the bouncer was just a little too high for Taylor, it's signalled a wide

Irfan returns. Will this be a gamble? Mid-off comes up

17 | 7 Runs | NZ: 122/2 (28 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.17, RRR: 9.33)

  • Ross Taylor25 (23b)
  • Brendon McCullum51 (45b)
  • Zaheer Khan4-0-30-1
  • Yuvraj Singh1-0-6-0
Khan to Taylor, 1 run, mows it to midwicket and there's a fumble
Khan to Taylor, no run, fires it on the blockhole, he digs it out and it's a dot ball, superb delivery
Khan to Taylor, 2 runs, Zaheer comes over the wicket and jams it on the blockhole outside leg, he makes room and digs it out to deep square-leg

Long-on comes up to the circle

Khan to BB McCullum, 1 run, makes room to a slower delivery and flat-bats it to mid-off
Khan to Taylor, 1 run, jams out a yorker to mid-on

New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

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