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 Tuesday, 14 January, 2003, 07:45 GMT
India humbled by Kiwis
Adams celebrates a wicket
India's batsmen could not cope with Andre Adams
7th ODI, Hamilton: New Zealand 125-4 (28.4 overs) beat India 122 (44.5 overs) by six wickets

After two improved performances, India's batting problems resurfaced again as New Zealand wrapped up the series by a 5-2 margin.

The tourists lost their first six wickets for 44 after being put in by home skipper Stephen Fleming and only reached three figures thanks to Yuvraj Singh (33) and Anil Kumble (21).

A total of 122 was never likely to be enough, however, and Fleming made 60 not out to guide his side home with more than 21 overs to spare.

India went into the game in upbeat mood following wins in Wellington and Auckland, but their confidence was soon undermined as the top order was swept away.

New ball bowlers Daryl Tuffey and Kyle Mills picked up two wickets each, with Tuffey removing Sachin Tendulkar for one.

But the main damage was done by all-rounder Andre Adams, who began by bowling Sourav Ganguly after the Indian captain had struggled for over an hour to make 15.

Scott Styris batting in Hamilton
Styris provided support for his captain

He also dismissed Mohammed Kaif and Kumble before finishing off the innings with the wicket of Javagal Srinath for figures of four for 21 from 8.5 overs.

India's seamers enjoyed early success as Srinath bowled Mathew Sinclair for three and Zaheer Khan trapped Blair McCullum lbw for four.

It became 32 for three when Chris Cairns was bowled by Srinath for 11, but Scott Styris joined Fleming in a match-winning stand of 84 for the fourth wicket.

Styris hit four fours in his 29 before Kumble found a way through his defences, but New Zealand were only seven runs short of their target when he was dismissed and Fleming and Lou Vincent saw them home in the next over.


New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Mathew Sinclair, Chris Harris, Chris Cairns, Scott Styris, Lou Vincent, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Andre Adams, Daniel Vettori, Daryl Tuffey.

India: Sourav Ganguly (captain), Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Mongia, Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Anil Kumble, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra.

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