India vs New Zealand
Well, that was a cracking ending... if you're a Kiwi. New Zealand win by one whole run, and Kohli's innings is for nought, despite having delivered his side on the brink of victory. Superb cricket though, a very entertaining match in Chennai, and the Black Caps will take the confidence to Sri Lanka.
Over 20 Franklin 1lb-4-1wd-1-W-2-2
166-4 - Dhoni hits a gorgeous pull, one bounce over the ropes, to make it 8 from 4. Franklin then gifts them a wide, and it's 7 from 4. Nerves! A single for Dhoni and it's 6 from 3. One big hit from Yuvi? No! WICKET! He swings and he's bowled! Six from two... Rohit gets two and they need four off the last ball. Nope, only two. Crowd is silent.
Over 19 Oram 2-1-1-1-6-1
155-3 - These are two big hitters, so the Black Caps are doing a superb job to restrict the boundaries. Yuvi looks exhausted, frankly. He pulls a shot out the hat though, swinging and lofting it for six over mid wicket. 13 required off the last over.
Over 18 Franklin 0-4-1-0-2-0
143-3 - Finally, a boundary! Dhoni swipes the ball to leg side from outside off stump and beats Guptill on the boundary. Superb bowling from Franklin, changing his pace and Yuvi can't hit it. India need some big hits now, 25 needed off 12 balls.
Over 17 Oram 1-0-1-0-0-1
136-3 - Oram's doing well too, restricting things to singles and with Kohli gone the run rate has dropped. There's an appeal for caught behind but it came off the pad only. It's getting tight! Only 12 runs from the past 3 overs.
Over 16 Franklin 1-0-1-1-1-0
133-3 - Five overs left and Dhoni seems happy to take the singles and put Yuvraj on strike. Superb over from Franklin, and there's a bit more pressure on India now.
Over 15 Vettori 0-1-1wd-0-0-1-1
129-3 - Vettori's change of pace is doing the trick here, and Dhoni can't get it away for big runs. Only five from it.
Over 14 Franklin 1-W-1-0-2-1
124-3 - James Franklin comes in to see if he can break the partnership. Yes he can! WICKET! Kohli's innings comes to an end for 70, hitting straight in the air to long off, where Tim Southee takes the catch diving forward. Meanwhile, news filters down that Mills is ok. Dhoni gets off the mark with two on the leg side, and then gets a single with a square cut.
Over 13 Vettori 1-6-1-6-1-1
119-2 - HUGE! Yuvraj picks it up off his pads from inside the crease and hits it into the second tier of the stands at long on! Massive! They take a single before Kohli does the same thing. They want to get this over and done with ASAP. Sixteen off it.
Mills has gone off the field with some help, but McCullum is still sitting on the ground. It will not do for the Kiwis to have two of their best players out of action for the World T20. Mills will certainly have a concussion after that.
Over 12 Milne 4-1-2-4-2-2
103-2 - Kohli waltzes down the track and drives Milne down the ground through cover, moving into the 60s as a result. Yuvraj steers a wider one to the point boundary for two, and then edges one past the slips for four. The crowd cheers as if he's scored a ton! He then brings up the 100 for India with a great cut on the up for two. OH MY WORD! Yuvraj skies the ball and McCullum and Mills collide heavily! The players all race to the scene, as do the physios, and it takes a while form Mills to get up. His head was hit hard by McCullum's elbow. Meanwhile, the catch goes down and Mills' eye is swelling already. Ouch.
Over 11 Mills 0-W-0-1-1-0
88-2 - The pace is back and WICKET! Raina hits Mills straight to mid off and Taylor takes the easiest of catches. In comes YUVRAJ! He gets off the mark with a single off his pads, before Kohli puts him back on strike with one to third man.
Over 10 Hira 2-1-1-1-6-1
86-1 - The batsmen are going at a steady rate, not slogging but still keeping up with the asking rate. They're ahead of New Zealand's score at the same point, and keeping wickets in hand should ensure a win. Raina undoes Hira's good work and steps down the pitch to bash the ball for six over long on.
Over 9 Vettori 1-1-1-1-4-1
74-1 - Vettori's still the economical bowler of yore, but a misfield sees a boundary for Kohli and he brings up his half century, yet another this summer.
Over 8 Hira 1-1-2-1-1-2
65-1 - Ronnie Hira comes on tow bowl and starts well, the batsmen giving him some respect initially and milking the singles and the odd two.
Over 7 Milne 4-0-4-0-1-1
57-1 - Milne comes on to bowl to salvage some pride, but is quickly cut by Raina for four, which brings up the 50. He adds another boundary with a risky top edge, and he'd have been out if McCullum had been a few inches taller. Ten from the over.
Over 6 Oram 0-0-0-0-4-0
47-1 - Oram cramps Raina for room and he can't get the ball away. The fourth ball is shorter and Raina tries to smash it, but misses and it goes through to the keeper. The pressure is released when Raina gets hold of a long hop and crunches it square past point. OMG! Milne nearly takes a stunner of a catch at long off, but he hits the ground hard and the ball pops out of his hands. Raina is saved!
Over 5 Vettori 1-4-0-2-0-0
43-1 - Kohli cuts a short, wide one from Vettori to the square boundary off the back foot, before the veteran spinner rips one past the youngster's bat. Yest another misfield from the Kiwis and Kohli adds two more to the total.
Over 4 Oram 0-1-0-4-1-4
36-1 - Oram into the attack, with Suresh Raina the new batter. But Kohli is on strike, and he gets a single off his pads second ball, Dan Vettori the fielder at square leg. Raina gets off the mark with a square cut, but can thank a misfield by Hira. Kolhi drives the final ball beautifully down the ground, perfect timing.
Over 3 Mills 1-0-1-4-1-W
26-1 - Kohli gets a single off his pads first ball. Mills shows his experience to the left-handed Gambhir, off-cutting it past the bat, before the Indian gets a single to extra cover. Kohli adds another four to his tally, driving it in the air over Mills' head. Nothing ugly about that shot. WICKET! Gambhir gets a leading edge off a slower ball and Mills dives to take it.
- 11th Sep 2012
- India won the toss and elected to bowl.
- M.A. Chidambaram Stadium
- V Kulkarni and S Ravi
india BATTING CARD
|Kohli||c sub Franklin||70|
|Total||20.0 Overs||166 - 4|