Chennai: In a match that included an emotional comeback, a bone-crunching collision on the field and some breathtaking attacking batting, it was eventually clever bowling at the death – by James Franklin and Jacob Oram – that separated the two teams, albeit by just one run. New Zealand staged two significant recoveries in the game, first after being reduced to two for two when they were put in to bat, and then in the final overs of India’s chase.
Chasing 168, India appeared to be cruising along at 120 for two in the 14th over, before suddenly losing momentum after Virat Kohli’s dismissal for 70. Yuvraj Singh, who made 34 off 26 balls, looked good in patches, but understandably struggled for timing towards the latter half of his stay at the crease. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who came in at No. 5, couldn’t adjust to the slowness of the wicket quickly enough, and this was exploited perfectly by Oram and Franklin.