Kiwis upset India
New Zealand held their nerve to defeat holders India by nine runs in a World Twenty20 warm-up at Lord's.
The Black Caps posted a challenging 170 for seven, after being asked to bat first, and kept their composure despite India requiring only 49 runs from the final six overs with seven wickets in hand.
Jacob Oram's introduction into the attack proved the turning point as Suresh Raina miscued his second delivery to backward point, having hit 45 from just 24 deliveries.
The departure of Raina, who hit three sixes and three fours, dried up the boundary count and allowed the Kiwis to push the required run-rate above the initial ask of eight and a half per over.
By the time Oram began the final over, in fact, the contest was all but over with Mahendra Dhoni's team still requiring 21.
Rohit Sharma's early shower of sixes powered India early in their pursuit. Twice he cleared the ropes in Iain O'Brien's second over with the new ball, which cost 18.
But his demise in the same Daniel Vettori over in which captain Dhoni was dismissed gave New Zealand a foothold in the contest and, though India were 90 for three at the halfway stage, they were able to expose the inexperience of Ravindra Jadeja.
The 20-year-old finished unbeaten on 41, from as many deliveries, and experienced performers Oram and Vettori slammed the door shut at the other end.
Earlier, Ishant Sharma claimed four wickets to undermine New Zealand's early progress.
Jesse Ryder was dismissed in spectacular fashion as Sharma knocked back his off stump, and fellow opener Brendon McCullum cracked a typically rapid 31 before miscuing an aggressive stroke in the fifth over.
That reduced New Zealand to 34 for two but further powerful hitting from Ross Taylor and Scott Styris sent the Kiwis into the last five overs on 115 for four.
Taylor, who twice hit left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha into the Grandstand, was held in the deep off Harbhajan Singh from the next delivery, having top-scored with 41 from 33 deliveries.
And when Sharma struck the base of Styris’ leg stump, all momentum appeared to have been eliminated from the innings.
But Nathan McCullum and James Franklin combined to telling effect as 50 runs came from the final four overs.
Left-hander Franklin’s response to the loss of his seventh-wicket partner in the final over was to clunk the next two deliveries from RP Singh for six on his way to an unbeaten 27, which occupied only 10 deliveries.
“Momentum is a big thing in Twenty20 cricket and even in warm-up games it is very important to get that going," said Taylor.
“For us to do well in this tournament we will have to bowl like we did at the death today.
“No-one has really mentioned us too much - we are slipping under the radar a little bit - and winning this game might mean we are talked about a little bit more.”
India captain MS Dhoni said: “We wanted to try a few things at the end, especially when it came to the length that we bowl, but sadly it didn't work for us. It was a good opportunity for us to experiment in this game.
“In 36 balls with 48 needed you are expected to get those number of runs but at times the opposition can bowl really well and that is what cricket is all about.
“At that point of time we looked like we should win the game but Jacob Oram bowled very well.”