CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand - Brendon McCullum made 56 not out and shared an unbroken 60-run partnership with Jacob Oram to lead New Zealand to a seven-wicket win over India on Wednesday in the first of two Twenty20 cricket internationals.
McCullum fashioned a restrained half century from 48 balls with three sixes and two fours to steer New Zealand past India's total of 162 for eight with seven balls to spare. New Zealand was 166 for three in the 19th over when Oram (29 not out) struck the game's 41st six to clinch the win.
India's innings, highlighted by an unbeaten 61 by Suresh Raina, included 30 sixes, one fewer than the record for a single innings in a Twenty20 international. When New Zealand peppered the short boundaries at AMI Stadium with 11 more sixes, delighting a crowd in excess of 16,000, it established a record for most sixes in an international Twenty20 match.
India appeared to have posted a competitive total after losing the toss and being sent in on a slow pitch which occasionally confounded batsmen with low bounce.
Raina played a steadying hand in an innings which progressed in fits and starts with alternate clutches of sixes and wickets.
Virender Sehwag opened the innings explosively with three sixes from the first three balls he faced before he was bowled by Tim Southee for 26.
Later, Yusuf Pathan smashed three straight sixes from the first three balls bowled by rookie off-spinner Nathan McCullum and was caught on the boundary by Oram.