Player of the Match
Player of the Match
    1.6 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 25/1
    3.1 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 32/2
    not out
    5.2 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 54/3
    6.2 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 56/4
    7.5 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 61/5
    9.4 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 82/6
    13.3 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 101/7
    19.6 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 162/8
    6 (lb 3, w 3)
    162/8 (20 Overs, RR: 8.1)
    Did not bat: Z Khan, I Sharma
    Fall of wickets: 1-25 (Gautam Gambhir, 1.6 ov), 2-32 (Virender Sehwag, 3.1 ov), 3-54 (Rohit Sharma, 5.2 ov), 4-56 (Yuvraj Singh, 6.2 ov), 5-61 (MS Dhoni, 7.5 ov), 6-82 (Yusuf Pathan, 9.4 ov), 7-101 (Irfan Pathan, 13.3 ov), 8-162 (Harbhajan Singh, 19.6 ov)
    TG Southee4042110.5092400
    IE O'Brien403629.0092300
    IG Butler402927.25101210
    DL Vettori401814.50130120
    NL McCullum2027113.5031300
    JD Ryder20713.5060000

Match Details


New Zealand , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

New Zealand led the 2-match series 1-0

Match number


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

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

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Match Notes

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New Zealand 2nd innings Partnerships

1st2BB McCullumJD Ryder
2nd54BB McCullumMJ Guptill
3rd50BB McCullumLRPL Taylor
4th60JDP OramBB McCullum