New Zealand beat India by 5 wickets, win series
New Zealand beat India by 5 wickets in a thrilling encounter to win the series 2-0 in Wellington
In a match that went down the wire, with the Kiwis needing one run off the last ball, Brendon McCullum mistimed a hit over mid-off, Rohit Sharma ran back to take the catch, but could not take the catch even with a dive, leaving New Zealand victorious.
McCullum hit a six and 8 fours in his match-winning knock of 69 runs that came off 55 balls.
Two wickets in two deliveries by Irfan Pathan reduced New Zealand to 125/4 in 17.3 overs in pursuit of 150 runs.
Pathan, bowling his second spell, first clean bowled Ross Taylor (27) with a yorker and on the next delivery, had Jacob Oram caught behind by MS Dhoni.
The double breakthrough for India came after Harbhajan Singh dismissed Martin Guptill leg before wicket with the help of umpire Gary Baxter to reduce New Zealand to 69/2 in 8.5 overs.
Guptill tried to pull, there was a big inside edge and umpire Baxter gave it out after much thought leaving Guptill to walk off the field shaking his head.
Indian pace spearhead Zaheer Khan dismissed Jesse Ryder to put New Zealand at 53/1 in 5 overs.
Ryder looked to pull but a thin edge just clipped the top of off-stump giving India the first breakthrough.
The hefty left-handed opener hit 2 sixes and 3 fours in his 15-ball knock of 26.
Ryder and Brendon McCullum brought up Kiwi fifty in just 4.1 overs.
Earlier, A disciplined bowling effort from New Zealand restricted India to 149/6.
India kept losing wickets at regular intervals in quest of quick wickets with Yuvraj Singh being the top scorer for the visitors.
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (28) and Irfan Pathan (15) remained not out for India as Pathan finished the Indian innings with a six over mid-wicket.
Dhoni hit 2 fours his knock.
Ravindra Jadeja, playing in place of Rohit Sharma, hit a six and a four in his 16-ball knock of 19.
India lost Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan in successive overs to be reduced to 94/5 in 13.2 overs.
Pathan edged a delivery onto his stumps to give New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori his first wicket.
The dismissal came after Yuvraj smashed 50 off 34 balls before being dismissed to put India at 92/4 in 12.4 overs. Yuvraj opened the face of the bat and Oram took a simple catch at the cover boundary off Iain O’Brien. Yuvraj smashed 4 sixes and 3 fours in his fiery knock and added 45 runs for the fourth wicket with his captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
India were three wickets down with 47 runs on the board in 6.1 overs.
India lost the third wicket when Gautam Gambhir edged an Ian Butler delivery to keeper Brendon McCullum for the catch after scoring 10 runs, a knock that contained a six.
Shortly before that, Suresh Raina mistimed a hit to mid-on for Tim Southee to take the catch off Ian Butler. Raina, who top scored for India in the last match, fell for a duck today.
Sehwag’s blitzkrieg knock came to an end when he was caught by Vettori to put India at 29/1 in 3.3 overs.
Sehwag hit an over pitch delivery from Iain Edward O’Brien straight to mid-off for Vettori to take the catch after hammering the Kiwi bowlers by hitting 5 fours in his 11-ball 24.
This was after Vettori won the toss and elected to bowl first.