CHENNAI, Sept 11 (PTI): Yuvraj Singh made an emotional return to international cricket but India snatched defeat from the jaws of victory to allow New Zealand to win the Twenty20 series with a thrilling one-run victory here tonight.
Chasing a target of 168, the hosts were cruising along comfortably at one stage but faltered at the death to give Black Caps a 1-0 series win.
The first T20 international in Visakhapatnam was washed out. Men in Blue needed 13 runs from the last over but could manage only manage 11, which saw Virat Kohli’s blazing 40-ball 70 go in-vain. Once Kohli was dismissed in the 14th over, the momentum suddenly shifted as Yuvraj who scored 34 off 26 balls with a boundary and two sixes along Mahendra Singh Dhoni (22 not out) couldn’t find the ropes.
New Zealand: Rob Nicol b Khan 0, Martin Guptill b Pathan 1, Brendon McCullum b Pathan 91, Kane Williamson c Ashwin b Pathan 28, Ross Taylor not out 25, James Franklin c Yuvraj b Balaji 1, Jacob Oram not out 18. Extras: (WD-2 LB-1) 3. Total: (For 5 wickets in 20 overs) 167. Fall of wickets: 1-2, 2-2, 3-92, 4-139, 5-142. Bowling: Zaheer Khan 4-0-27-1, Irfan Pthan 4-0-31-3, L Balaji 4-0-33-1, Yuvraj Singh 2-0-14-0, R Ashwin 3-0-34-0, Virat Kohli 3-0-27-0.
India: G Gambhir c & b Mills 3, V Kohli c sub (TG Southee) b Franklin 70, SK Raina c Taylor b Mills 27, Yuvraj Singh b Franklin 34, MS Dhoni not out 22, RG Sharma not out 4. Extras: (lb 3, w 3) 6. Total: (4 wickets; 20 overs) 166. Fall of wickets: 1-26, 2-86, 3-120, 4-162. Bowling: KD Mills 3-0-17-2, AF Milne 3-0-36-0, JDP Oram 4-0-27-0, DL Vettori 4-0-37-0, RM Hira 2-0-20-0, JEC Franklin 4-0-26-2.