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Kiwis snatch last-ball win against India

BRENDON McCullum scored an unbeaten 69 and struck the winning run from the final ball as New Zealand beat India by five wickets in Wellington yesterday to win its two-match Twenty20 cricket series 2-0.

McCullum batted throughout the 20 overs, managing a run chase which began calmly but became frenetic in the closing overs.

After India scored a modest 149-6, New Zealand was well positioned with three overs to go, needing 27 runs with eight wickets in hand.

But India seamer Irfan Pathan put his team back in the match in the 18th over with wickets on successive balls, then jammed the brakes on New Zealand's scoring with accurate full-pitched bowling.

That left New Zealand four wickets down and needing 23 runs from the last 12 balls. Neil Broom was dismissed in the penultimate over, and entering the last over, New Zealand needed 12 runs with five wickets left and brothers Brendon and Nathan McCullum at the crease.

Nathan took a leg bye from the first ball from Pathan to give his brother the strike but Brendon could only take a single from the second ball and Nathan another single from the third. That left nine runs needed from the last three balls and Pathan's yorkers were proving hard to get away.

Brendon McCullum smashed fours from the fourth and fifth balls of the over then, with the field up to prevent a single, popped the final ball just over the inner ring to give New Zealand victory.

"It's really pleasing," New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said. "We won the toss and did what we wanted to do. I was really pleased with the bowling effort to restrict them to 150."

Brendon McCullum also made an unbeaten half century at Christchurch on Wednesday, which New Zealand won by seven wickets.

Earlier, Yuvraj Singh top scored for India with 50 from 34 balls.

The tourists made an explosive beginning, as they did in Christchurch, with opener Virender Sehwag scoring 24 of their first 29 runs from just 11 balls with five fours.


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