Ross Taylor does his best to lift Franklin who has his arms outstretched. NZ leave India with a win, finally and stretch their record against India in T20s to 4 out of 4.
India somehow lost their way towards the end, between overs 14 and 18. New Zealand did well to pull it back. Franklin, like Irfan, made things difficult with the back-of-the-hand slower balls. Yuvraj did more than what was expected of him but more dominance from the other end would have helped.
I was a bit surprised to see Rohit coming in at the climax. Is sending an out of form player the best thing for that situation? I don’t think it was fair on Rohit to be honest. Irfan would have been a better option.
Skimming through the mails, plenty blaming Dhoni for this defeat.
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.”