Brendan McCullum (91), who has a terrific T20 record, played his shots all over the park and James Franklin (two for 26) helped New Zealand steal a one-run win in the second encounter at Chepauk on Tuesday.
New Zealand claimed this two-match series 1-0 after the first game at Vizag was washed out without a a ball bowled.
New Zealand have now beaten India in all the four Twenty20 Internationals that the countries have played.
New Zealand suffered an early jolt but Brendon McCullum and Kane Williamson held fort with a 90-run partnership for the third wicket and rescued New Zealand from a slump. McCullum was nine short of what would have been his second Twenty20 hundred when he was bowled by Irfan in the 17th over. Taylor and Oram were around to take New Zealand to a respectable score.
India were chasing a moderate target of 167, should have easily finished the match but the brilliant spells by Kiwi pacers James Franklin (2-26) and Jacob Oram changed the whole equation of the game.
Virat Kohli (70) set India’s chase rolling with a pacy half-century, adding 60 with Suresh Raina (27). Gambhir failed to come up with a big one, He was out cheaply – to a tame return chip off Kyle Mills. Raina’s dismissal cleared the scene for comeback man Yuvraj Singh (34) who showed glimpses of his old imperiousness.
Score Card :
|New Zealand innings (20 overs maximum)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|RJ Nicol||b Khan||0||4||4||0||0||0.00|
|MJ Guptill||b Pathan||1||7||5||0||0||20.00|
|BB McCullum†||b Pathan||91||67||55||11||3||165.45|
|KS Williamson||c Ashwin b Pathan||28||47||26||3||0||107.69|
|LRPL Taylor*||not out||25||35||19||0||1||131.57|
|JEC Franklin||c Yuvraj Singh b Balaji||1||3||2||0||0||50.00|
|JDP Oram||not out||18||11||9||3||0||200.00|
|Extras||(lb 1, w 2)||3|
|Total||(5 wickets; 20 overs)||167||(8.35 runs per over)|
|Did not bat DL Vettori, RM Hira, AF Milne, KD Mills|
|Fall of wickets 1-2 (Nicol, 0.6 ov), 2-2 (Guptill, 1.3 ov), 3-92 (Williamson, 12.3 ov), 4-139 (McCullum, 16.4 ov),5-142 (Franklin, 17.2 ov)|
|India innings (target: 168 runs from 20 overs)||R||M||B||4s||6s||SR|
|G Gambhir||c & b Mills||3||12||6||0||0||50.00|
|V Kohli||c sub (TG Southee) b Franklin||70||67||41||10||1||170.73|
|SK Raina||c Taylor b Mills||27||31||22||2||1||122.72|
|Yuvraj Singh||b Franklin||34||49||26||1||2||130.76|
|MS Dhoni*†||not out||22||31||23||2||0||95.65|
|RG Sharma||not out||4||2||2||0||0||200.00|
|Extras||(lb 3, w 3)||6|
|Total||(4 wickets; 20 overs)||166||(8.30 runs per over)|
|Did not bat MK Tiwary, IK Pathan, R Ashwin, Z Khan, L Balaji|
|Fall of wickets 1-26 (Gambhir, 2.6 ov), 2-86 (Raina, 10.2 ov), 3-120 (Kohli, 13.2 ov), 4-162 (Yuvraj Singh, 19.4 ov)|