Kiwis win T20 clash
New Zealand claimed a surprise one-run win in Chennai to secure victory in their two- match Twenty20 series with India today.
Brendon McCullum smashed a blistering 91 from just 55 balls to carry the Black Caps to 167-5, with the hosts unable to chase down the target despite a strong start.
Virat Kohli hit 70 in the India reply whileYuvraj Singh, playing in his first international match since receiving cancer treatment, made 34 from 26 balls.
Rain forced the cancellation of Saturday’s scheduled first game, meaning New Zealand will head home as winners of the 20-over series having lost the Test series 2-0.
After being put into bat, the tourists lost dangerous openers Rob Nicol (nought) and Martin Guptill (one) with only two runs on
the board but McCullum was soon letting loose.
While Kane Williamson took a more measured approach, McCullum hit the first six of the innings off Yuvraj before another maximum off Ravichandran Ashwin and a four off Lakshmipathy Balaji took him to a 32-ball half-century.
His stand with Williamson reached 90 before the latter, on 28, lofted Irfan Pathan to Ashwin at short fine leg.
McCullum was undeterred and hit three successive fours off Kohli and Pathan but was then bowled off his arm by a slower ball for 91, which contained 11 fours and three sixes. His innings proved just enough to get the Kiwis over the victory line later in the day. (Sky)