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 Sunday, 22 December, 2002, 02:38 GMT
New Zealand clinch series
Hart and Oram celebrate
Seventh wicket pair Hart and Oram got the winning runs
Second Test, Hamilton, day four: New Zealand (94 & 160-6) beat India (99 & 154) by four wickets

New Zealand held their nerve to seal a 2-0 series triumph after a four-wicket victory over India in the second Test in Hamilton.

A remarkable Test was the first since January 1935 to produce a result without an individual half-century.

But it continued India's miserable away record, following New Zealand's 10-wicket win in the first Test at Wellington.

Jacob Oram hit 26 not out to guide the Kiwis home after India had earlier reduced the hosts to 105 for five.

Resuming at 24 for no loss, and needing another 136 runs for victory, New Zealand lost five wickets in the morning session.

Left-arm fast bowler Ashish Nehra picked up three of them, dismissing Mark Richardson, skipper Stephen Fleming and Craig McMillan.

Wicket-keeper Patel congratulated
Patel took a brilliant catch off Astle
New Zealand reached 119 for five at lunch, still needing another 41 for victory.

Oram and Scott Styris took the score to 136 before Harbhajan Singh had Styris caught behind attempting a cut.

But local boy Robbie Hart then joined Oram and despite a few nervous moments, the pair saw the hosts through to the winning target.

Earlier, Richardson and Fleming had steadied the ship with a stand of 22 after Tinu Yohannan had snared Lou Vincent early on.

Nehra then had Richardson caught behind for 28 and ended a brief flourish from Fleming when the New Zealand skipper mistimed a pull to be caught by Zaheer Khan for 32.

Fleming had dispatched Zaheer for two successive fours and then twice on-drove him for two more boundaries.

Craig McMillan followed one run later when he was trapped lbw by Nehra.

And the Black Caps were made to sweat after losing their last specialist batsman, Nathan Astle, brilliantly caught down the leg side by Parthiv Patel for 14.

Daryl Tuffey, who claimed four wickets in both of India's innings, was named man-of-the-match for his eight-wicket haul.

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"India had their chances on day four"
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"These wickets don't produce scores of 400"
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