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
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!
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
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
McCullum gets under this pitched up ball and swings over midwicket, that's a cracker of a shot
Irfan gets it right again, he bowls another unplayable inswinger on the off stump and he digs it out to the off side
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.
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
that was slammed through the off side like a tracer bullet, shades of Klusener! The fielder at sweeper cover had no chance
swing and a miss, the ball is much shorter
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
Broom finds the gap, he makes room to a full ball and slams it wide of backward point on the front foot
makes room and slams it just wide of cover, all power
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
he gets on his knee to a full delivery and fetches it from the off stump and places the ball to deep square-leg
McCullum tries to throw the bowler off balance by shuffling across early but Irfan bowls it fast and straight and forces McCullum to defend
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
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,
Game on. Here's Oram. 25 needed off 16
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
bowls a superb inswinging yorker, he manages to dig it out on the full to long-off
27 needed off 18
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
mows it to midwicket and there's a fumble
|Westpac Stadium, Wellington|
|Toss||New Zealand, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||New Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0|
|Match number||T20I no. 85|
|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 (20-over match)|