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 Wednesday, 1 January, 2003, 08:53 GMT
India freefall goes on
Virender Sehwag is bowled in Auckland
India's batting has failed to sparkle on tour
Third one-day international, Christchurch: New Zealand 109-5 (26.5 overs) beat India 108 all out (41.1 overs) by five wickets

India's struggles in New Zealand continued as they crashed to a five-wicket defeat in the third one-day international in Christchurch.

For the second time in a series in which they now trail 3-0, India were bowled out for just 108.

This latest failure follows on from their dismal batting in the Test series, where their highest total was just 161.

New Zealand had a few anxious moments in reply, losing five wickets, but eventually reached the modest target off just 26.5 overs.

Nathan Astle top-scored with 32 and Craig McMillan managed 22, with Agit Agarkar doing a limited amount of damage for the tourists in taking three for 26.

New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum repeated his feat of the second match with five dismissals, again equalling Adam Parore's record.

India captain Sourav Ganguly won the toss and elected to bat, but his decision quickly backfired as his fellow opener Virender Sehwag was caught by McCullum off Kyle Mills for seven, with the score on 10.

Ganguly's wicket soon followed, again caught behind, this time off Daryl Tuffey, for four to leave India 15 for two.

VVS Laxman joined his team-mates in the pavilion when he was next to be caught by McCullum, off the bowling of Paul Hitchcock for 10.

Rahul Dravid tried to push the score along but was superbly caught at mid-off by Daniel Vettori off Hitchcock for 20.

Mohammad Kaif became another victim for McCullum when he edged Jacob Oram to leave India on 82 for five.

McCullum then took his fifth catch when Sanjay Bangar edged a leg-cutter from Tuffey with only one run added to the score.

And the last four wickets added only 25 runs as India were dismissed with 10 overs remaining.

Hitchcock claimed three for 30 and Tuffey returned figures of two for 11 off his 10 overs for New Zealand, the best return by a New Zealander against India.

Astle, perhaps wary of the awkward surface, opted for attack, charging down the wicket to hit 22 off Javagal Srinath's third over.

But he was caught in the deep off the same bowler as he tried to launch a delivery out of the ground.

Stephen Fleming was dismissed for four, and Mathew Sinclair made a four-ball duck, leaving New Zealand vulnerable at 50 for three in the 13th over.

McMillan and Lou Vincent, though, put on 33 to all but settle a game which did not feature a single over of spin.

New Zealand: M S Sinclair, L Vincent, K D Mills, N J Astle C D McMillan, J D P Oram, B B McCullum (wkt), D L Vettori S P Fleming (capt), P A Hitchcock, D R Tuffey.

India: V Sehwag, S C Ganguly (capt), V V S Laxman, R Dravid (wkt) Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, S B Bangar, Harbhajan Singh, A B Agarkar J Srinath, Z Khan.

Umpires: D B Cowie and E A R de Silva

India play two Tests and seven ODIs in New Zealand

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Second Test

First Test

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