result
2nd T20I (N), Wellington, Feb 27 2009, India tour of New Zealand
149/6
(20 ov)150/5
New Zealand won by 5 wickets
player of the match
Brendon McCullum
New Zealand
11y
• The 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

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Scorecard summary
India149/6(20 overs)
Yuvraj Singh50 (34)
MS Dhoni*28 (30)
New Zealand150/5(20 overs)
end of over 2012 runs
NZ: 150/5CRR: 7.50 
Brendon McCullum69 (55)
Nathan McCullum1 (2)
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!

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

end of over 1911 runs • 1 wicket
NZ: 138/5CRR: 7.26 • RRR: 12.00 • Need 12 from 6b
Brendon McCullum59 (51)
Nathan McCullum0 (0)
Yuvraj Singh2-0-17-1
Irfan Pathan3-0-30-2
18.6
4
Yuvraj to 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

18.5
Yuvraj to McCullum, no run

swing and a miss, the ball is much shorter

18.4
W
Yuvraj 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

Neil Broom c IK Pathan b Yuvraj Singh 5 (5m 3b 1x4 0x6) SR: 166.67
18.3
4
Yuvraj 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

18.2
1
Yuvraj to McCullum, 1 run

makes room and slams it just wide of cover, all power

18.1
2
Yuvraj to 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

end of over 185 runs • 2 wickets
NZ: 127/4CRR: 7.05 • RRR: 11.50 • Need 23 from 12b
Brendon McCullum52 (47)
Neil Broom1 (1)
Irfan Pathan3-0-30-2
Zaheer Khan4-0-30-1
17.6
1
Pathan to 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

17.5
Pathan to 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

17.4
1
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

17.3
W
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,

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

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

17.2
W
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

Ross Taylor b IK Pathan 27 (35m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 108
17.1
2
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

17.1
1w
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

end of over 177 runs
NZ: 122/2CRR: 7.17 • RRR: 9.33 • Need 28 from 18b
Ross Taylor25 (23)
Brendon McCullum51 (45)
Zaheer Khan4-0-30-1
Yuvraj Singh1-0-6-0
16.6
1
Khan to Taylor, 1 run

mows it to midwicket and there's a fumble

Best performances - batsmen
Brendon McCullum portrait
BB McCullum
69 runs (55)
8 fours
1 six
Control69%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
27 runs
5 fours
0 sixes
412951212312
Yuvraj Singh portrait
Yuvraj Singh
50 runs (34)
3 fours
4 sixes
Control71%
Productive shot
leg glance
18 runs
1 four
2 sixes
413020949
Best performances - bowlers
Iain O'Brien portrait
IE O'Brien
O
4
M
0
R
30
W
2
ECO
7.5
Irfan Pathan portrait
IK Pathan
O
4
M
0
R
41
W
2
ECO
10.25
Match details
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
TossNew Zealand, elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of New Zealand
Season2008/09
Player Of The Match
Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum
Series resultNew Zealand won the 2-match series 2-0
Match numberT20I 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 days27 February 2009 - night match (20-over match)
Umpires
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Gary Baxter
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Tony Hill
TV Umpire
New Zealand Image
Evan Watkin
Reserve Umpire
New Zealand Image
Phil Jones
Match Referee
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Ranjan Madugalle