NZ beat India with the Last-ball Thriller

Published: Friday, February 27, 2009, 15:36 [IST]
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NZ beat India with the Last-ball Thriller

Wellington: New Zealand beat India by five wickets in the second and final Twenty20 cricket match at Westpac stadium in Wellington on Friday. With this cleansweep, New Zealand won the two-match series 2-0. The victory ends the two-match Twenty20 international series.

Brendon McCullum, who saw his team through with an unbeaten fifty in the first T20I, repeated the same and ensured the Kiwis won the match in the very last delivery of the tie.

Earlier, propelled by a brilliant half century by Yuvaraj Singh, India made 149 runs for six in the stipulated 20 overs after New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori won the toss and elected to field. Ravindra Jadeja, who came into the side for this contest, played a breezy knock of 19 runs until he tried to loft a Southee delivery but failed to get the elevation and holed out to Guptill at long-off. Irfan Pathan joined Dhoni and remained unbeaten on 15 runs.

Raina, who top-scored in the first T20I, played a terrible shot and threw his wicket away. Ian Butler enticed the young left-hander into playing a pull shot over mid-on and he fell into the trap as Tim Southee held on to a clean catch. India were left in a deep hole here.

The hosts have fielded the same eleven, which beat India in the first T20 match in Christchurch.India have made one change to their side, bringing in all rounder Ravinder Jadeja in place of Rohit Sharma.

India have now lost 3 matches out of the last four Twenty20 Internationals they have played - one against Australia at Melbourne on February 1, 2008 and two against New Zealand in the just concluded series. India have lost all their three games to New Zealand.

For the first time, India have lost two successive T20 games and Yusuf got his first duck in Twenty20 Internationals and Suresh Raina as well


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