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Late wickets restrict Kiwis total


New Zealand lost four wickets in the final over as they were all out for 190 in their World Twenty20 Super Eight game against India in Johannesburg.

Brendon McCullum gave them a positive start with 45 off 31 balls before a mid-innings slump left them on 91-5.

Craig McMillan (44) and Jacob Oram (35) led the recovery, hitting seven sixes between them in a stand of 73.

But Daniel Vettori was bowled by RP Singh and three men were run out in the final over as India finished on a high.

New Zealand went into the game with a side showing one change from that beaten by Sri Lanka less than 24 hours earlier, with off-spinner Jeetan Patel replacing Chris Martin.

India kept faith with the XI which beat Pakistan in a dramatic bowl-out and captain Mahendra Dhoni was happy to field first after winning the toss.

RP Singh struck in the second over when Lou Vincent mis-timed an attempted pull and was well caught by Dinesh Karthik diving forward at mid-wicket.

But McCullum was quickly into his stride with an off-drive and two cover drives off Sree Santh in the next over, all of which found the boundary.

He was equally strong off the back foot, pulling and cutting powerfully as he collected nine fours in total, as he and Peter Fulton shared a second-wicket stand of 58.

The introduction of spin checked their progress as Fulton fell lbw for 21, playing across the line to a doosra from Harbhajan Singh, who then had McCullum taken at wide long-on.

Ross Taylor, having hoisted one six into the crowd, failed in an attempt to repeat it and was leg-before to Yuvraj Singh for 11, and Yuvraj added to New Zealand's problems with a brilliant pick up and throw to run out Scott Styris at the bowler's end.

But McMillan and Oram met the mini-crisis with some audacious strokeplay and 25 came from the 16th over, bowled by Yuvraj including three sixes.

Santh suffered similar punishment when he returned for his second spell but had his revenge when Oram holed out at long-off.

The final over began with Daniel Vettori bowled by RP Singh for 15 as he tried to flip the ball down to fine leg and Shane Bond ,McMillan and Patel were all run out as the innings ended in anti-climax from a New Zealand point of view.

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