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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Highlights- India v New Zealand 2nd T20 2012

In a match that marked the much-awaited return of Yuvraj Singh to international cricket, there was no shortage of excitement. After the Indian bowlers gave the home side a great start, it was the Black Caps, led by Brendon McCullum, who dominated proceedings in the first 20 overs. Thereafter, when India came in to bat, Virat Kohli along with Yuvraj appeared to take India within earshot of their first ever T20I win against the Kiwis. However, there was one more twist in the tale as James Franklin and co bowled beautifully to give the visitors their first win of this tour.

Here are some interesting numbers that resulted from this keenly-contested encounter:

This match was the first Twenty20 International at Chennai’s MA Chidambaram Stadium. Chennai became fifth Indian ground to host a Twenty20 International, after Mumbai (Brabourne Stadium), Nagpur, Mohali and Kolkata.

Lakshmipathy Balaji made his Twenty20 International debut. He became the 43rd player to represent India in shortest format of the game.

Brendon McCullum’s 91 is the highest individual score for New Zealand against India. He obliterated his own 69* at Christchurch in 2009.

McCullum’s score is the second highest by any batsman against India in a Twenty20 International, after West Indies’ Chris Gayle’s 98 at Bridgetown in 2010.

McCullum’s score is also the highest by any batsman on Indian soil in a Twenty20 International, surpassing Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara’s 78 at Nagpur in 2009.

McCullum’s career tally of 261 runs is now the highest by any batsman against India in Twenty20 Internationals. He went past Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara’s tally of 183 runs. McCullum also became first batsman to score three fifties against India in this format.

Irfan Pathan’s three for 31 are the best figures by an Indian bowler against New Zealand, surpassing Harbhajan Singh’s two for 24 at Johannesburg in 2007.

Virat Kohli (70) made his highest score in Twenty20 Internationals, beating the 68 he made against Sri Lanka at Pallekele last month.

The 68 against Sri Lanka had actually come in Kohli’s last innings in Twenty20 Internationals. He thus became only the third Indian batsman to score back-to-back fifties in Twenty20 Internationals, after Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh, who had done so way back in 2007. Gambhir is the only Indian to achieve this feat more than once.

Kohli's score is now the highest for India against New Zealand, beating Suresh Raina's 61* at Christchurch in 2009

Kohli’s score is also the highest by an Indian batsman on home soil, beating Virender Sehwag’s 64 vs Sri Lanka at Mohali in 2009.

Kohli just failed to beat Kumar Sangakkara’s run tally in international cricket in 2012. Here are the highest run-scorers in international cricket in 2012: 1732 - Kumar Sangakkara (avg 49.48); 1718 - Virat Kohli (66.07); 1466 - Hashim Amla (73.30); 1452 - Tillakaratne Dilshan (37.23); 1438 - Michael Clarke (62.52); and 1438 - David Warner (35.07)

The margin of defeat (one run) is the narrowest for India in Twenty20 Internationals. They had lost to England by three runs at Lord’s in 2009.

India have now lost all four Twenty20 Internationals against New Zealand

Brendon McCullum won his fifth Man-of-the-Match award in Twenty20 Internationals – the most by a New Zealander. Only Shahid Afridi (7), Sanath Jayasuriya (6) and Kevin Pietersen (6) have won more such awards, while Chris Gayle has also got five. Interestingly, three of McCullum’s five awards have come against India – in just four games!

Brief scores: New Zealand 167/5 in 20.0 overs (Brendon McCullum 91, Irfan Pathan 3/31) beat India 166/4 in 20.0 overs (Virat Kohli 70, Yuvraj Singh 34, Kyle Mills 2/17) by one run
Man-of-the-Match: Brendon McCullum for his sparkling 55-ball 91 (11x4, 3x6)
Man of the series: Brendon McCullum
Dhoni: The wicket slowed down and it was difficult to hit. But we should have won. Virat gave us a very good start. Our worry was how the wicket would behave in the second half. After the 10th or 12th over it got tough. It was good to see the approach in the start of the innings. It's good for us going into the World Cup.

McCullum is the Man of the Match and Series : "My head's ok. Kyle's a bit dazed at the moment. Pitch was really good for 20 overs. A lot of our guys are getting more worldly when it comes to these conditions. The collision was probably my fault."

Taylor: "Franklin needs a big pat on the back. Kohli could have taken it away from us and good catch by Southee. Hopefully we can take this confidence through."


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