Chennai, Sep 12 (): Despite a comfortable position at one stage, India faltered at the end to lose the second T20 International against New Zealand by one run at M A Chidambaram Stadium here on Tuesday.
Virat Kohli scored a 70 run off 41 balls with 10 fours and a six when the score was 120 for 2 in 13 overs. Just needing 48 from 42 balls, India lost Kohli for 70 runs in the 14th over.
After fighting cancer with an emotional comeback,Yuvraj Singh made vital 34 runs from 26 balls with 2 massive sixes and a four. Chasing a target of 167, India lost Gautam Gambhir in 3rd over for 3 runs when the score was at 26. The in-form Virat Kohli partnered with Suresh Raina and added 60 runs for the second wicket before Suresh Raina who made 27 was caught by Ross Taylor off Mills in 11th over.
Skipper and Yuvraj Singh could not reach the fence as the pitch started slowing down after 15 overs. At one stage, India needed 27 from 14 balls, but both brought India back into the game, needing 13 off the last over.
Dhoni hit the second ball of the last over to four. India lost Yuvraj Singh in the third ball. India needed 6 runs off last two balls, but Rohit Sharma tried the maximum on both the deliveries and ended up getting two doubles.
Earlier, McCullum saved the New Zealand innings after the visitors got off to a disastrous start, losing their openers Martin Guptill and Rob Nicol in the first two overs. McCullum scored 91 runs from just 55 balls with eleven fours and three massive sixes. India’s Irfan Pathan took three wickets for 31 runs.
Blaming the pitch in the latter half of the match, Indian Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said the wicket slowed down and it was difficult to hit.
Dhoni added that it was great to see Yuvraj’s confident display and averred that the pressure on the all-rounder will now considerably reduce as his comeback game was out of the way.
New Zealand: 167 for five in 20 overs (McCullum 91, R Taylor not out 25, K Williamson 28; Irfan Pathan 3 for 31, Zaheer Khan 1 for 27)
India: 166 for 4 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 70, Yuvraj Singh 34, Suresh Raina 27, MS Dhoni 22 n.o; , Franklin 2 for 26, K Mills 2 for 17)
New Zealand won by 1 run
Man of the Match: McCullum