Black Caps edge India

McCullum blasts 91 as New Zealand claim dramatic victory

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New Zealand claimed a surprise one-run win in Chennai to secure victory in their two-match Twenty20 series with India.

Brendon McCullum smashed a blistering 91 from just 55 balls to carry the Black Caps to 167-5, with the hosts unable to chase down the target despite a strong start.

Virat Kohli hit 70 in the India reply while Yuvraj Singh, playing in his first international match since receiving cancer treatment, made 34 from 26 balls.

Rain forced the cancellation of Saturday's scheduled first game, meaning New Zealand will head home as winners of the 20-over series having lost the Test series 2-0.

After being put into bat, the tourists lost dangerous openers Rob Nicol (nought) and Martin Guptill (one) with only two runs on the board but McCullum was soon letting loose.

While Kane Williamson took a more measured approach, McCullum hit the first six of the innings off Yuvraj before another maximum off Ravichandran Ashwin and a four off Lakshmipathy Balaji took him to a 32-ball half-century.

His stand with Williamson reached 90 before the latter, on 28, lofted Irfan Pathan to Ashwin at short fine leg.

McCullum was undeterred and hit three successive fours off Kohli and Pathan but was then bowled off his arm by a slower ball for 91, which contained 11 fours and three sixes.

Boundaries

Jacob Oram hit three boundaries in his 18 not out and captain Ross Taylor finished unbeaten on 25 as Pathan ended as the pick of the bowlers with 3-31.

In reply Kohli hit four boundaries before losing opening partner Gautam Gambhir for three, while new man Suresh Raina was dropped on 10 by Adam Milne.

Kohli reached his half-century in 30 balls with a boundary off Daniel Vettori before Raina (27) chipped Kyle Mills (2-17) to Taylor at short cover, bringing Yuvraj to the wicket to raucous cheers.

He got off the mark second ball with a single but was dropped on nine as McCullum and Mills collided violently, the seamer being forced off the field after being caught by his keeper's arm.

Yuvraj and Kohli each hit Vettori for six but a well-judged catch by Mills' replacement Tim Southee ended Kohli's 41-ball onslaught, which featured 10 fours and a six.

Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni started steadily and India were left needing 32 from the last three overs having earlier required 49 from seven.

A Dhoni boundary calmed the nerves, while Yuvraj lifted Oram for six to bring the target to 13 from six balls.

Dhoni found the boundary again but Yuvraj was bowled trying to heave a slower ball from James Franklin (2-26), and new man Rohit Sharma was twice unable to find a way past Guptill at long-on.

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